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Organic Vegetable Seeds, Soldier Dry Bean, heirloom seeds from our farm in handmade seed packets, vegetable garden, gardening supplies

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Handmade seed packets filled with organic, open pollinated, heirloom seeds grown and collected by hand on our small scale farm. A beautiful and loving gift for both expert and aspiring gardeners, as well as a creative, environmentally conscious alternative to conventional seed.

Each seed packet you buy helps to support The Kirk Estate – the 19th century haunted farmhouse and surrounding property where I live that has been preserved for five generations. These photos were taken there. Our small scale farm is worked the old fashioned way; no chemicals, no petroleum intensive machines -only sustainable farming practices that help to improve the land, the environment, the wildlife, and the people. Thank you for your support of this time and effort intensive process. Your purchase is helping to make a difference. To learn more about us visit: www.thelittleragamuffin.com

photos by The Little Ragamuffin

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Phaseolus vulgaris
15+ seeds

Large drought-tolerant white kidney beans with red-brown soldier-like figures on the eyes. These dry beans make delicious baked beans.

Days to Germination: 8-10 days Germination may take two weeks or more if soil temperatures are below 60 F.
Days to Maturity: 90
Lifecycle: annual
Sunlight: full sun
Height: 2-3 ft
Spread: bush type 1-2 ft.
Bloom time: mid-summer, late-summer

How to plant: Do not plant until danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Germination is poor when soil temperature is below 60 F. Cold air temperatures (even above freezing) can injure plants and reduce yields. Soaking beans to hasten germination may damage seeds. Do not start seeds inside, as beans do not like to be transplanted. Plant beans 1" below the surface of the soil.

Beans require even moisture, about 1 inch per week, especially when flowering and developing pods. If you water, avoid wetting foliage, which encourages disease. Water early in the day so foliage dries quickly. To reduce disease spread, do not work among wet plants. Mulching after second set of true leaves develops helps retain moisture.

Do not use nitrogen fertilizers. Inoculating seed with rhizobium bacteria may increase yields, especially in soils where beans have not been grown before.
Pod set is often poor when temperatures exceed 90 F.
Deformed pods may be the result of lack of moisture, poor soil fertility or insect damage during blooming. A three-year rotation helps reduce some diseases.

If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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Frequently asked questions about TheKirkEstate

Complementary gift notes are available upon request.
In an effort to save ink and paper, a printed invoice is not included with your order. If you would like a receipt to be included with your purchase please let me know before your item is shipped.

Planting instructions are included under each listing. Printed instructions will be included upon request.
Because our seeds are separated by hand and not machine, expect to see some plant chaff mixed in with your seeds. This organic plant matter will break down naturally in the soil. All of our seeds and herbs are grown using organic, sustainable, and natural farming practices. No fertilizers or chemicals are ever used. Plants are only fed homemade compost, sun, rain, and limited Village water when necessary. Seeds are packaged in one of a kind handmade envelopes made from recycled paper, or in 100% recyclable kraft envelopes in order to reduce the amount of waste that surrounds our products.
Seeds are hand packed to ensure you receive only the healthiest seeds. Please familiarize yourself with growing conditions and instructions for your seeds before you plant them, as all seeds are different. Basic growing instructions can be found under each listing or by going to http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/index.html to find your State's Cooperative Extension. Be sure to keep your seeds well watered after you plant them to ensure proper germination. Keep your seeds alive by storing them properly: keep your seeds in a dark, cool place (40-50 degrees F) with low-humidity. Never store seed in a warm, humid, or sunny spot. Stored properly, most seed will last for several years.
Our soap is made the old fashioned way in small batches here at the Kirk Estate, using the cold process method and a combination of natural and organic vegetable oils as well as organic herbs from our farmstead. All of our soap is free of animal byproducts and has a light natural scent.
As required by the FDA, we do not make any claims regarding the cosmetic or health related properties of our soaps.
It is normal for handmade soap to sweat lightly when it can't breathe or when it is hot and humid. Once you receive your soap, unwrap it and place in a cool, dry place to allow any excess moisture to evaporate.

Organic Vegetable Seeds, Soldier Dry Bean, heirloom seeds from our farm in handmade seed packets, vegetable garden, gardening supplies

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