Are you looking for a sweet treat to give your favorite gardener on Valentine’s Day?
It’s easy to put together a lovely gift made of vegetable and herb seeds that either have a sweet-sounding name, have a sweet taste—or both.
Valentine mesclun is an assortment of colorful lettuce that can be planted before the last frost. This mix will make an attractive and delicious salad with seven red lettuces, like Red Oak Leaf, Red Salad Bowl, Rouge d’Hiver and Ruben’s Red. (Botanical Interests)
Oregon Sugar Pod peas are another sweet addition to the cool-season garden. Plant these organic seeds as soon as the soil can be worked and you’ll be enjoying these tender snow peas in about 60 days. (BBB Seeds)
A sweet melon called Hearts of Gold is fragrant and delicious. These cantaloupes prefer warm weather so they can be planted a few weeks after the last spring frost. This is an early-season cultivar that matures in about 75 days. (Lake Valley)
Peppermint Stick chard features striped hot pink and white stalks. This would be a cute addition to the landscape, adding edible interest among the flowers. Bolt resistant plants promise a longer season to enjoy them. (Renee’s Garden)
Stevia is called “the sweetest plant you’ll ever grow” because it can be as much as 300 times as sweet as sugar. This herb can be used fresh or dried, its leaves adding a natural, calorie-free sweetener to summer drinks and fruity salads. For easier planting, start seeds inside and then transplant into the garden. (Botanical Interests)
If you want to give your sweetheart something sweet, but healthful, try some Green Flesh honeydew melon. This heirloom fruit fits well in modern gardens. Plant these seeds in a sunny spot after the danger of frost has passed. This melon will need almost 90 days to mature, but it will be worth it. (BBB Seeds)
Sweetie tomato lives up to its name. This cherry-size fruit grows in clusters, but pack powerful tomato flavor in every bite. Start seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost and transplant outside when night-time temperatures are a reliable 55 degrees. Tomatoes should be ready in about 60 days. (Lake Valley)
Who could resist planting a Sugar Baby watermelon? These personal-sized melons are small in size, but big on flavor. Wait for weather to warm and plant these in a warm, sunny spot and keep the soil evenly moist through the season. Fruits should be ready to harvest in about 75 days. (Lake Valley)
What sweet treats do you plan on planting in your vegetable garden this season?