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Baby Food Garden

Baby Food Garden

I really wanted to design a planting menu for new moms, so I got together with eco-mama, Anni Daulter and created this organic, first-foods garden for baby. 6 delicious organic varieties from the Jardin Seed Company that includes Sugar Baby Watermelon, Yellow Crookneck and Butternut Squashes, Cocozelle Zucchini, Red Core Chantenay Carrot and the very special Sharlyn Melon.

Baby Food Garden

 

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I really wanted to design a planting menu for new moms, so I got together with eco-mama, Anni Daulter and created this organic, first-foods garden the baby food garden. The acclaimed author of Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies & Toddlers, Anni helped me choose 6 tasty, organic varieties for wholesome, organic first-foods. Like me, she is passionate about helping more families live sustainably, and providing our kids with pure food. You can buy her book, and read more about Anni’s consultancy services here.

Anni’s Baby food garden collection contains 6 delicious organic varieties from the Jardin Seed Company that includes Sugar Baby Watermelon, Yellow Crookneck and Butternut Squashes, Cocozelle Zucchini, Red Core Chantenay Carrot and the very special Sharlyn Melon. (Please note that Anni’s book is not included with the seed collection).

Sugar Baby Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)

Nothing says summer like sweet juicy watermelon. it’s an excellent source of vitamins C and A and makes a great healthy snack. Plant your watermelon at the edge of your MinifarmBox™ so they can trail over into the yard, leaving more growing space inside.

Sugar baby sets an abundance flavorful fruit on compact vines. Thick, near black rinds at maturity. The quality and sweetness of the flesh is good and the smaller overall size makes icebox cooling easy.

Train your watermelon to grow outside the Minifarmbox, so it takes up less space.

 

  • Planting Depth: 1/2″-1″
  • Soil Temp. for Germ.: 70-95°F
  • Days to Germ.: 3-8
  • Plant Spacing: 2′-3′
  • Days to Maturity: 80-90
  • Conditions: Full sun
  • Frequent Water

Butternut Squash (Cucurbita moschata)

One cup of this tender Annual contains almost 150% of a adults’s daily Vitamin A requirement in the form of beta-carotene. It also contains Vitamin C, potassium, almost 6 grams of fiber, manganese, omega 3 fatty acids, and several vitamin B’s.
This super productive Waltham strain yields gorgeous tan, bell-shaped fruits with bright orange, moist, sweet, smooth flesh. Delicious in soups, baked, or steamed. It also stores well into late winter.

 

  • Planting depth: 1″
  • Soil temp for Germ.: 65-90°F
  • Days to germ.: 3-7
  • Plant Spacing: 2-3′
  • Days to Maturity: 100-110
  • Conditions: Full sun.
  • Moderate water.

Red Core Chantenay Carrot (Daucus carota var. sativus)

A member of the parsley family (you will see why when their feathery tops appear), Carrots were one of the earliest vegetables grown by man. They are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium and beta carotene which our bodies can convert to vitamin A. Vitamin A helps with night vision.
A standard since 1929, Red Core is repeatedly rated one of best tasting carrot in our trials. This classic 5-7″ long orange Chantenay strain has been selected for consistently smooth sides that taper to a blunt tip. It’s also a great winter keeper.

 

  • Planting Depth: 1/4-1/2″
  • Soil Temp. for Germ.: 50-80°F
  • Days to Germ.: 6-18
  • Plant Spacing: 2-4″
  • Days to Maturity: 65-75
  • Conditions: Partial Shade to Full Sun.
  • Moderate water

Yellow Crookneck Summer Squash (Cucurbita pepo)

Easy-to-grow and deliciously tender, this yellow summer squash has been an heirloom favorite for over 150 years. An abundant producer of yellow-skinned, white-fleshed fruit, they are perfect lightly steamed, with a little olive oil or butter and shredded basil leaves. Yum!
To get a head start on the season, Yellow Crookneck can be sown indoors in pots, 2-4 weeks before the last frost, then transplanted very carefully. Pick them young, when 6-8 inches long and harvest every other day when plant is producing heavily.

 

  • Planting depth: 1″
  • Soil temp for Germ.: 65-90°F
  • Days to germ.: 3-7
  • Plant Spacing: 3′
  • Days to maturity: 55
  • Conditions: Full sun
  • Moderate water

Cocozelle Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo)

Zucchini is such an amazingly versatile vegetable, and this ancient Italian favorite is both easy to grow and prolific for several months. Cocozelle’s soft flesh, with contrasting green stripes, has a slightly nutty flavor. The fruit, seeds and flowers are all edible, but what I like about this variety is that the fruits stay slender even at 12″.
These little beauties will be one of the first things you can harvest from your baby food garden and like all zucchinis, taste best when harvested young.

 

  • Planting depth: 1″
  • Soil temp for Germ.: 65-90°F
  • Days to germ.: 3-7
  • Plant Spacing: 3′
  • Days to maturity: 55
  • Conditions: Full Sun
  • Moderate Water

Sharlyn Melon (Cucumis melo)

The Sharlyn Melon was cultivated in southern France, Northern Italy and Algeria as early as the late fifteenth century. It resembles an elongated cantaloupe and has netted skin with tan and yellow-orange coloring, greenish-orange rind, and white flesh. It is very juicy and sweet, with a flavor between a honeydew and cantaloupe. As with many summer melon varieties, the Sharlyn thrives in a hot, dry climate. Sharlyn melons have a short shelf-life and should be eaten within a week of being harvested when ripe, that makes them a perfect variety to grow in the home garden.

Train your watermelon to grow outside the Minifarmbox, so it takes up less space.

 

  • Planting Depth: 1″
  • Soil Temp. for Germ.: 70-95°F
  • Days to Germ.: 5-10
  • Plant Spacing: 24″
  • Days to Maturity: 85
  • Conditions: Partial shade to full Sun
  • Moderate water.
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