Mature in 40-45 days to leaf harvest; 85-105 days to seed
Grows up to 24"
Approx. 250 seeds per pack
Iowa heirloom grown near Festina, Iowa since 1920. Large fragrant heads and abundant long-lasting foliage. Great for canning or fresh use. Germination is erratic, so please be patient. Foliage may be harvested once the plants have become established right up to flowering. Harvest seed heads just as the seeds begin to turn a golden brown. Foliage and seeds can both be dried and stored for future use. Dry foliage in the dark to preserve flavor and color. Self-seeding annual.
Direct seed: Sow seeds outdoors early in the spring when the ground has warmed and risk of heavy frost has passed. Sow seeds 1/8- 1/4" deep, 1/4- 1/2" apart, in rows at least 3" apart. Thinning is not necessary. Successive sowings can be done every three weeks to harvest fresh greens continuously. Prefers rich, well-drained soil and a sheltered location out of the wind. Will readily volunteer each year from dropped seeds.
Transplant (recommended for shorter growing seasons): Sow seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost, 1/8" depth. Germination in 6-21 days. Transplant out using 2-4" spacing in rows at least 4" apart.