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Planted Membership Benefits

Welcome to your Planted Box!

Your shipments will include a combination of seedlings, soil amendments, soil, DIY garden hacks, and gifts from the garden. We send you exactly what you need throughout the season so that your soil is healthy and your Planted garden is thriving. The seedlings are shipped directly from the organic grower to ensure that you have the freshest seedlings available. Once your seedlings arrive, they are due for some fresh air, mist the soil (a heavy mist for most), and some filtered shade (especially in the summer months). They are fine for a couple of days as long as you are tending to them.



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Garden Training



Gift



Planting Instructions



Featured Seedlings

Planted Programming

NEW TO THE MEMBERSHIP: Each month we will feature an ongoing deep dive workshop focused on gardening topics specific to the current growing season. This can include hands-on projects in the garden or kitchen that give you ideas for cooking, DIY projects for decorating your home and garden, or wellness and bath products for your mind and body.



Protecting Pollinators: Easy Ways to Make Your Yard & Garden More Wildlife Friendly!
June 10th @ 10am

Join our special workshop as we discuss important garden visitors: pollinators and wildlife of all shapes & sizes; how to make our landscape more wildlife friendly; and how to safely deter the pests & wildlife we don’t want! Plus, we’ll make a bee waterer for our buzzing friends! Join us and register here!



Digging into Soil!
July 15th @ 11am

Join us for a very important workshop about our garden’s most important feature: the soil! We will discuss the basics of soil biology and how it affects our plants. Mindy, from VvermisTerra, will also join us as we discuss how, why and when to feed your soil. Join us and register here!


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OUR GIFT TO YOU

Mint Infused Sugar

This infused sugar is so easy to make and deliciously garden fresh! We love using mint but you can use any herbs, edible flowers or a mix of both to infuse your sugar. You can whip up a batch in just a few minutes and use it as a garnish for desserts, drinks and more!


Herb Infused Sugar



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Ready to dive into a new garden season? It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Step 1: Gather all of your potted plants and your plants from the wall. 

Assess and group your plants into the following categories:

  • Plants that are overgrown or past their prime
  • New seedlings that need to be planted
  • Mature plants (primarily your perennial herbs) that would benefit from being potted up
  • Plants that are doing great but would benefit from the soil being amended 

Step 2: Work your way through each grouping of plants, caring for them as needed. 

  • For plants that are overgrown or past their prime:
    • Remove the spent plants and toss or compost them. 
    • Dump the soil into a large container or tub. You can break it up, add worm castings, new soil and regenerate it to be used again. 
  • For new seedlings that need to be planted:
    • Pot them up as usual!
  • For mature plants (primarily your perennial herbs) that would benefit from being potted up:
    • Spring is a great time to pot up your perennial herbs like sage, oregano and rosemary. Select a pot that is at least 20-40% larger than the existing pot. Place a couple handfuls of soil into the bottom of the new pot. Then, slowly loosen the plant’s roots from the felt pot by pulling the pot back away from the root ball. Once the plant and root ball is free, place it into the new pot. Fill with soil and adjust the placement of the plant as needed to keep the soil level consistent. 
  • For plants that are doing great but would benefit from the soil being amended: 

Step 3: Clean your supplies! 

  • Clean up your old pots and get them ready for a new garden season! Soak them overnight in a tub of water with a couple tablespoons of baking soda. Rinse thoroughly and let them air dry in some sunshine!
  • Clean your garden tools using a 1:10 bleach to water solution. This will help eliminate any fungal issues that can remain on our tools even over winter!
  • If you are using a Planted Wall, you may also want to clean your water tank. To remove any hard water build-up, you can mix up an apple cider vinegar and water solution in a spray bottle. Spray it on the areas with build-up and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing it with a brush or sponge.
  • How to clean out irrigation lines and filters: This is a maintenance task that is important to do at the beginning of a big growing season. We created this video to demonstrate exactly what to clear out the lines and the filters. 

Take a peek at how Kaylee, our garden guru, refreshes her Planted Wall each season here! Or watch the videos shown.

Planted Wall Refresh

Cleaning the Irrigation Lines & Water Basin

Check out our workshop replay for more tips and ideas to get your garden ready for Spring!

Jump into Spring Gardening Workshop!

Stock up on Soil Refresh Supplies

Get ready for soil refresh time!  It may be time to purchase more soil and worm castings to freshen up soil that has been lost to root clumps and depleted over time.  




Biolive Soil

An organic living soil mix rich in nutrients & organic ingredients: biochar, azomite, worm castings, alfalfa meal, & other nutrients. Available in 6, 12, and 18 pots variants.

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Worm Castings – 18 TB

A natural byproduct of vermiculture used as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Castings can be applied as a top dressing, brewed in a tea, or mixed into the soil medium.

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Earthworm Casting Tea – 1 Quart

VermisTerra’s tea is a liquid plant nutrient derived from earthworm castings. It is a great source of helpful microbes to enhance the health of the soil and the plants.

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Gardening Training

Thinning Your Seedlings

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It’s always a best practice to make sure you only have one seedling per pot for lettuces, kale, arugula, and bok choy.  1 seedling per pot allows the roots to thrive and your plant to produce larger leaves and produce more produce for you.  Some leafy greens such as mizuna, swiss chard and spinach will be okay with multiple seedlings. 

Planting Instructions


Handle With Care

When your seedlings arrive, gently unwrap the seedlings and place them in the sink to water. Give your seedlings a moment to settle in while you unwrap all of the goodies! Set up your planting station with a tray or bucket to mix your living soil with the soil amendments.

Let Your Seedlings Settle In

After planting your seedlings, place them in dappled sunlight to get adjusted and water in. It is important to give the roots time to get established in the new pot. This allows for the plant to get strong enough to keep growing.

Get Growing

Move them into the full sun after a few days and the foliage will start to really take off. Plants are happy with 4-6 hours of direct sunlight every day.

Watering Rule of Thumb

It is important to water your seedlings thoroughly when planting. Check on them every day and look for signs that the soil is drying out. If it is light brown then it definitely needs water.

Rule of Thumb: stick your finger in the pot about an inch deep. If the soil feels moist you can wait a day or two before watering. If it feels dry to the touch, water in nicely!

We call them seedlings because that is exactly what they are. They are fragile and tender. Handle with care! Use these instructions when planting new grow pots with fresh new soil.

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Each month we send you worm castings, mycorrhizal fungi, and organic fertilizer mix to recondition your previously planted living soil to replant your grow pots with new seedlings! Worm castings are the perfect organic biological and chemical soil amendment – over 60 trace elements, nutrients, vitamins, and beneficial microorganisms. It also has a pH of 7 which is a perfect soil pH for growing plants!

Featured Seedlings

  • Herbs & Flowers
  • Lettuce
  • Leafy Greens
  • Microgreens

Albion Strawberry

Strawberries with full colour means it has absorbed a lot of sunlight, leading to tastier flavours.

100g of Albion – Strawberries yields the following:

  • Protein – 2.2% of DV
  • Dietary Fibre – 13% of DV
  • Vitamin C – 149% of DV
  • Calcium– 2% of DV
  • Iron – 3% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Strawberries are best refrigerated for two to three days (leaving them at room temperature causes them to spoil quickly).
Article credit: ABetterChoice

Chamomile

Excellent dried tea herb with prolific displays of tiny, aromatic flowers.

Self-seeding annual herb with sweet scented, daisy-like flowers harvested and dried for herbal teas. Seeds are very small and should be sprinkled on top of soil medium and roughed in without burying them too deeply for best germination.

  • Annual Prolific blossoms
  • Tea plant

Cilantro

Cilantro has a surprisingly substantial food value containing a range of critical nutrients. Having a broad array of benefits, this controversial plant packs a superb source of antioxidants that could help protect against many degenerative ailments, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer care, digestive issues, and eye health. 

Because cilantro includes no cholesterol and is relatively high in antioxidants and essential oils, it reduces bad cholesterols. It raises the amount of good cholesterol and aids in our digestive tract. Vitamin A is necessary for the defense of lung cancers. Vitamin K aids have been linked with increased bone density and assisting in the treatment of Alzheimer’s. Minerals in cilantro include iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, and potassium.
Article credit: Nourish Doc

Genovese Basil

Fresh or dried, basil leaves are an essential ingredient in many Italian, Greek, and Asian dishes. If you love to make fresh from the garden pesto or caprese salad, you may be growing a type of sweet basil known as Genovese basil.

Genovese basil is a variety of sweet basil that originated in Italy. Its vigorous, large leaves have a sweet, slightly spicy flavor. Genovese basil produces bright green, slightly crinkled leaves that can grow up to 3 inches long. They are excellent for pesto, caprese salad, and other dishes that require large, fresh basil leaves.

If Genovese basil plants do go to flower though, the flowers can be harvested and used in recipes that call for basil. However, basil flowers are said to have a much more concentrated basil flavor and scent, so they should be used sparingly.
Article credit: GardeningKnowHow

Jalapeño Pepper

If you like your meals on the spicy side, you’re in good company. People have been flavoring their food with jalapeños for some 6,000 years.

Most jalapeños are deep green and grow to about 2 to 3 inches long. Some turn red, purple, or other vivid colors after they ripen.

Jalapeños are rich in vitamins A and C and potassium. They also have carotene — an antioxidant that may help fight damage to your cells – as well as folate, vitamin K, and B vitamins.

Many of their health benefits come from a compound called capsaicin. That’s what makes the peppers spicy.

Wear gloves when you cut jalapeños. Capsaicin, which is mostly on the inside of the pepper, is hard to wash off your hands and can burn and irritate your eyes, mouth, and nose if you touch them after touching a jalapeño.

If you soak cut-up jalapeños in salt water for at least half an hour before you eat or cook them, it lowers some of the spiciness.

Fresh jalapeños will last up to 3 weeks if you wrap them in paper towel and store them in your refrigerator.
Article credit: WebMD

Marigold

Marigold has long been recognised as a medicinal flower to address cuts, soars and general skin care, because it contains essential oils and a high concentration of flavonoids (secondary plant substances), such as carotene.

They act as anti-inflammatories to promote topical healing and soothe irritated skin. Topical treatment with a diluted marigold solution or tincture accelerates healing of wounds and rashes.

Research has found that Calendula extract is effective in the treatment of conjunctivitis and other ocular inflammatory conditions. The extract demonstrates antibacterial, anti-viral, antifungal and immuno-stimulating properties that were shown to reduce eye infections.

The vision is also protected by these extracts, guarding the delicate tissues of the eye from UV and oxidative damage.

Moreover, it is also an effective remedy for sore throats, gingivitis, tonsillitis and mouth ulcers. Gargling with Marigold tea will help to soothe the mucus membranes of the throat whilst easing the pain.
Article credit: CamillaTeaHouse

Micro-tomato

These small, juicy fruits burst with color and flavor. Though many varieties are red, they also come in shades of orange, yellow, purple, and green.

The most notable difference between cherry tomatoes and other tomatoes is their size — they can be as small as a penny or as large as a golf ball in diameter. 

Tomatoes of all types are incredibly nutrient-dense, boasting vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, carotenoid antioxidants, phytosterols, and phenolic compounds.

Cherry tomatoes are no different. Just 1/2 cup (114 grams) of whole cherry tomatoes contains:

  • Calories: 31
  • Carbs: 6 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Sugar: 5 grams
  • Sodium: 144 mg
  • Vitamin A: 86% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Vitamin C: 14% of the DV
  • Iron: 8% of the DV
  • Potassium: 7% of the DV
  • Calcium: 3% of the DV

They’re a decent source of fiber, particularly when the skin is left on, providing about 7% of the DV. In fact, because cherry tomatoes are high in fiber and low in calories, they may aid weight loss by helping you stay full and hydrated.
Article credit: Healthline

Mojito Mint

Mint is the name for over a dozen plant species, including peppermint and spearmint, that belong to the genus Mentha.These plants are particularly known for the cooling sensation they impart. They can be added to foods in both fresh and dried forms.

While not typically consumed in large quantities, mint does contain a fair amount of nutrients. In fact, just under 1/3 cup or half an ounce (14 grams) of spearmint contains:

  • Calories: 6
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Vitamin A: 12% of the RDI
  • Iron: 9% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 8% of the RDI
  • Folate: 4% of the RDI

Because of its dynamic flavor, mint is often added to recipes in small amounts, so consuming even 1/3 cup may be difficult. However, it’s possible you may come close to this amount in some salad recipes that include mint among the other ingredients.
Article credit: Healthline

Moroccan Mint

While there are a variety of mint teas out there including peppermint tea and chocolate mint tea, Moroccan mint tea is an herbal tea made using green tea and spearmint. Moroccan mint tea typically uses the Mentha spicata type of spearmint, also known as nana mint. For the green tea portion, a strong Chinese tea such as gunpowder is used.

Mint tea tastes tantalizingly sweet while the astringent properties of the mint leaves add a sour, bitter taste that balances the flavor. Jokingly called Berber whiskey, this type of mint tea is generally strong and features a full-bodied flavor and aroma that invigorates and freshens.

There are two brewing methods, a simple method and a more complex option that develops flavors more fully. We’ll go over both methods here more in depth in a moment. For the simple method, the green tea is brewed using boiling water and allowed to steep before sugar and mint leaves are added for serving. For the complex method, tea leaves are cleansed in several steps and fresh mint is boiled to pull out more flavor.
Article credit: Sencha

Nasturtium

Nasturtium have beautifully bright coloured flowers and once established, will grow just about anywhere. The flowers and leaves can be included in salads, stuffed like zucchini flowers or chopped up into stir frys. The seeds and young buds can be pickled and used as a replacement for capers.

Those who have eaten Nasturtium leaves or flowers will know that they have an intense fiery bite. It is this characteristic that also gives this plant its major medicinal actions. Nasturtium leaves can be used on wounds to help fight infection being a strong antiseptic. The seeds can be ground to a paste and painted onto fungal infections of the toe nails. The pungent vapours released when eating nasturtium are also wonderful for bronchitis and other infections of the lungs. Nasturtium flowers and leaves are particularly high in vitamin C, in the past theses were given to help cure scurvy.
Article credit: Kombu

Oregano

Excellent culinary oregano with pungent, mouth-watering fragrance and flavor.

This is the traditional full-flavored oregano for pizzas and tomato sauces. Low-growing plants have slightly furry dark green leaves with white flowers. Easy to dry, just harvest stems and hang in bundles.

  • Excellent fresh or dried
  • Hardy perennial

Parsley

Parsley is a flowering plant native to the Mediterranean. The two most common types are French curly-leaf and Italian flat-leaf.

Over the years, parsley has been used to treat conditions like high blood pressure, allergies, and inflammatory diseases. Today, it’s widely used as a fresh culinary herb or dried spice. It’s bright green in color and has a mild, bitter flavor that pairs well with many recipes.

Parsley is a versatile herb that provides a concentrated source of nutrients. It’s particularly rich in vitamins A, C, and K. The vitamins and beneficial plant compounds in parsley may improve bone health, protect against chronic diseases, and provide antioxidant benefits. You can incorporate dried or fresh leaves easily into your diet by adding them to soups, salads, marinades, and sauces.
Article credit: Healthline

Rosemary

Rosemary

Rosemary is a popular evergreen shrub that is native to the Mediterranean and used in cooking all over the world. Its leaves can be eaten fresh or dried, and it is popularly consumed as a tea or infused oil.

Rosemary is high in manganese, an essential nutrient for metabolic health. Manganese also helps the body to form blood clots, allowing injuries to heal faster.

Rosemary is especially rich in phytochemicals. While phytochemicals aren’t essential for survival like vitamins and minerals are, they are nevertheless important for fighting disease and maintaining overall health. 

The phytochemicals in rosemary may help to improve eye health, regulate liver function, and lower the risk of asthma. 

Rosemary is also a superb source of: 

  • Pantothenic Acid
  • Niacin
  • Thiamin
  • Folate
  • Riboflavin

Article credit: WebMD

Scallions

Knocked our socks off in our bunching onion trials!

We’ve never seen such a uniform, upright bunching onion, not a single leaf leaning over. Gorgeous rows of dark green and vigorous stalks with no bulbing at all, making cleaning easy and quick. Parade has a nice, mild onion flavor. From our partners at Bejo Seeds.

  • Uniform size
  • Upright habit

Thai Basil

Prized for the licorice basil flavor. Commonly used in broths and soups in traditional Southeast Asian dishes.

It’s more than just a pesto! Enjoy Thai Basil in cocktails, lemonades, salads, fruit salads, hummus, pizza, or garnish a desert! It is fragrant and gorgeous!

It’s smart, pretty and strong! In addition to looking and smelling gorgeous (we have been known to use it in floral arrangements), Thai Basil is really good for you! With high levels of vitamin A, boosting vision, immunity, the reproductive system, and helps organ functionality; C, also supporting immunity, the health and development of tissue, collagen regeneration and wound healing, and K for proper blood flow, basil is also packed with beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, iron, and antiinflammatory essential oils that are great for digestion!! Basil is the whole package! Enjoy your garden!

Thai Basil can handle lots of sunlight and will become a pretty decent size bush in your Wall. It flowers profusely. If you keep the flowers on the plant, it will become more ornamental than edible. Pinching the flowers as soon as you start to see them will keep the plant working and producing delicious leaves. Basil can really be placed anywhere on the Wall, although the more sun the better, and moderate water. It will become a favorite because it adds so much volume and flavor. Enjoy your garden!

Tulsi Basil

Holy basil isn’t like the sweet basil in your mom’s marinara sauce or the Thai herb you use to flavor a steaming bowl of pho.

This green leafy plant, also known as Ocimum sanctum L. and tulsi, is native to Southeast Asia. It has a history within Indian medicine as a treatment for many conditions, from eye diseases to ringworms.

From the leaves to the seed, holy basil is considered a tonic for the body, mind, and spirit. Different parts of the plant are recommended for treating different conditions:

  • Use its fresh flowers for bronchitis.
  • Use the leaves and seeds, with black pepper, for malaria.
  • Use the whole plant for diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Use the pill and ointment form for eczema.
  • Use an alcohol extract for stomach ulcers and eye diseases.
  • Use an essential oil made from the leaves for insect bites.

Many studies support the use of the entire plant of holy basil for human use and its therapeutic value. The nutritional valueTrusted Source is also high, as it contains:

  • vitamin A and C
  • calcium
  • zinc
  • iron
  • chlorophyll

Article credit: Healthline

Arugula

Arugula leaves, also known as rocket or roquette, are tender and bite-sized with a tangy flavor. Along with other leafy greens, arugula contains high levels of beneficial nitrates and polyphenols.

People commonly add fresh arugula to salads, but it also works well incorporated into pasta, casseroles, and sauces, just like other leafy greens.

Due to its peppery flavor, people often mix arugula with other milder greens, such as watercress and romaine. In Italy, it is common to top pizza with arugula after baking.
Article credit: Medical News Today

Red Cross Butterhead

Tender heads with notably superior flavor and texture, blanched hearts and red-tinged outer leaves.

Bested every other variety for taste and texture in our lettuce trials and also rates as one of the best butterheads in combined resistance to downy mildew, white mold, tip burn and bacterial head rot.

  • Heat tolerant

Green Crisphead

Crisphead, also known as iceberg or head lettuce, is one of the most widely used lettuces.

While it looks similar to cabbage, it’s an entirely different species.

Contrary to popular belief, crisphead lettuce is quite nutritious. A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving provides:

  • Calories: 14
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Folate: 7% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Iron: 2% of the DV
  • Manganese: 5.4% of the DV
  • Potassium: 3% of the DV
  • Vitamin A: 3% of the DV
  • Vitamin C: 3% of the DV
  • Vitamin K: 20% of the DV

The folate and vitamin K contents of crisphead lettuce are particularly noteworthy.

Folate is a B vitamin that can help prevent neural tube defects, which are one of the most common birth defects. It may also lower your risk of heart disease and certain cancers, including breast and pancreatic cancer.

Meanwhile, vitamin K is important for blood clotting, bone formation, and heart health.

Crisphead lettuce is also a moderate source of phenolic compounds, which are antioxidants that help fight oxidative stress and inflammation in your body.
Article credit: Healthline

Green Romaine

A sturdy salad green with crisp, upright leaves that form a loaf-shaped head. Both green and red romaine are packed with a surprisingly broad range of nutrients, and consequently, can offer a whole host of health benefits. 

Upright growth, early coloring and crisp texture make this an excellent choice for both baby leaf and full-sized heads. Heat tolerant with a similar texture to Jericho or Pirat.

Kale

Does kale really live up to its superfood status? The answer is: you bet!

Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, meaning it packs a powerful nutritional punch per typical serving. One cup of kale provides more than 100% of the daily minimum target for immune-supporting vitamin C and over 200% for vitamin A. The latter nutrient also supports immunity, as well as skin and brain health. Additionally, kale contains smaller amounts of key minerals, including potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, and phosphorus. It also supplies energy-supporting B vitamins and some plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and plant protein.

Tatsoi

Also called spoon mustard, tatsoi has small, dark green spoon-shaped leaves that have a mild mustard flavor. The leaves make a flavorful addition to salads and can also be added at the last minute to stir fry dishes. The crunchy stalks of mature tatsoi can be used as one would use celery.

Tatsoi has tender, sweet tasting stalks and leaves that are commonly used in high quality dishes and in salad mixes. The plant is high in calcium and vitamin content, and the taste is a much stronger flavor than Bok Choy. However, many consider the flavor superior to Bok Choy, a close relative. Article credit: University of Arizona

Microgreens

This month features Radish, Broccoli, & Sunflower microgreen seed packets. These aromatic greens, also known as micro herbs or vegetable confetti, are rich in flavor and add a welcome splash of color to a variety of dishes. Despite their small size, they pack a nutritional punch, often containing higher nutrient levels than more mature vegetable greens. This makes them a good addition to any diet.

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