Monthly Archives: March 2016

Plant A Rainbow Garden Kit

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Plant A Rainbow Garden Kit

One of the best ways to get your kids interested in gardening is to make it fun and a little mysterious. The children who tour our Beanstalk Children’s Garden in Kansas City are always attracted to the most colorful plants growing in the garden.

Children also love discovering the different veggie colors when they dig them up, like the purple, pink and white radishes in our ‘Easter Egg’ Radish seeds or the yellow, white and purple carrots in our ‘Rainbow Blend’ Carrot seeds.

We’ve put together a Plant A Rainbow Garden Kit that combines fun with mystery and makes your children’s garden a colorful patch of veggies and flowers.

Here’s what you get in the Plant A Rainbow kit:

Swiss Chard - Bright Lights Seeds

Bright Lights Swiss Chard

Brighten up your garden with this stunning chard variety. It’s deep green leaves make a beautiful contrast to it’s pink, gold, and crimson stems. Eat these greens young in yummy salads or let them mature a little longer and add them to soups, stir frys, or use them for wraps.

Radish - Easter Egg Seeds

Easter Egg Radish

The ‘Easter Egg’ Radish is fun for kids and adults alike to grow. The seeds produce a beautiful variety of colors, including red, white, pink, and purple all in the same pack! You won’t know which color the radish will be though, until you uncover the soil for the first time to take a peek.

Carrot - Rainbow Blend Seeds

Rainbow Blend Carrots

This rainbow carrot blend is fun to grow and even more fun to harvest. When you dig up this carrot patch you will find vibrant red, purple, yellow, orange and white carrots hiding below their green tops. These carrots make and fun and delicious snack for young gardeners!

Dragon Tongue Bean

Dragon Tongue Bean

Kids will love eating these cream and violet 6” stringless striped beans raw from the garden. They can also be pickled, stir-fried or steamed. Its unique color makes this bean an attractive side dish and an interesting conversation piece when served to curious guests.

Beet - Red and Golden Seeds

Red & Golden Beets

A beautiful contrasted mix of gold, red and red and white striped, these beets are fun to grow and delicious to eat. Enjoy both the tops and the bottoms of this earthy tasting plant by sautéing or roasting or eat raw for use in a delicious salad.


Benary’s Giant Zinnias

This variety of zinnia holds longer in a vase than your standard zinnia and is less susceptible to powdery mildew. Cut often to stimulate new blooms and to provide lovely fresh bouquets for yourself or a friend!

Nasturtium - Whirlybird Mix Seeds

Whirlybird Mix Nasturium

These wonderful upward facing flowers with their lily pad-shaped leaves will make a great addition to any garden or patio container. They’re not just a pretty flower face though. As an added bonus, both the flower and the leaves are edible! They’ll give a great peppery kick to any salad or sandwich. These semi-dwarf plants boast large, bright flowers in yellow, orange and red. ‘Whirlybird’ tolerates more heat than standard varieties.

Sunflower - Autumn Beauty Seeds

Autumn Beauty Sunflower

If you love the beautiful warm colors of Fall, then this sunflower is for you! Brilliant 6-8 inch diameter flowers of red, gold, yellow, rust and burgundy stand tall at 5-7 feet! These wonderful sunflowers make beautiful bouquet arrangements and will bloom for most of the summer and into fall. They’re not just for looks though. Try the flowers in a salad or stir fry!

Plant these seeds in your children’s garden and let your kids enjoy the fun of planting, growing and harvesting a variety of rainbow colored vegetables and flowers!

Click here to add the Plant A Rainbow kit to your cart.

Starting Seeds With Peat Pellets

Written by : Posted on March 15, 2016 : Comments Off on Starting Seeds With Peat Pellets

Starting Seeds With Peat Pellets

If you want to get a head start on your garden, a great way to start is by planting your seeds in peat pellets.  This will help your seeds germinate in ideal conditions and will give you a 1-2 week jump start on those plants in your garden.

Peat pellets use peat and coconut coir as the growing medium that is wrapped in biodegradable netting. In the compressed, dehydrated form, they are easy-to-store pellets that keep all year round. Once you add water, the pellets decompress and become nice little containers for your seedlings.

This method works especially well for vining crops and flowers. Root vegetables, such as carrots and radishes, do best when directly sown into your garden.

Tomatoes, peppers and other long-growing plants, that are typically not direct seeded into your garden, can also be started in peat pellets. However, these plants should be started earlier and grown in a grow light unit so that they reach the ideal transplant size by your recommended outdoor planting date.

Getting Started…

Peat Pellets In Bowl


Find a container, such as bowl or tray, that can hold the peat pellets and add about 1/2 inch of water. Put the pellets flat in the water with the hole in the netting facing up.

Add 1/2 inch of lukewarm water and let them sit for about 5 minutes so they expand.

Peat Pellets



Once they’ve decompressed, drain the water and place the pellets upright in a container (old plastic plant packs work well for this).  Gently pull back a little of the netting at the top so that you have room to plant your seeds.





Using your finger, make a small hole in the peat pellet at the depth recommended on your seed pack for the seed variety you are planting.  Place 2 seeds in each peat pellet (you will need to thin to 1 seed if both sprout).

Peat Pellet



Once the seeds have been placed in the hole, pinch a little of the peat to cover the seed. Pour a small amount of water over the peat pellet and cover tray with plastic wrap or plastic cover.  When peat pellets begin to look dry, pull back plastic cover and water gently. Drain the excess water out of the tray.

Peat Pellet Sprouting

Keep a close eye on your plants for any sign of germination; this typically takes 2-3 days. Once you see any sign of something growing, take the plastic wrap off of the top of the tray and place in a sunny window. You can also put them in a grow light unit, if available or take outside during the warm, sunny days (take back in at night if temperatures drop).

If multiple seeds have germinated in the peat pellets, thin the plants down to one plant per peat pellet.

Peat Pellets in the Ground

Once weather conditions are warm enough for the variety you are growing to be planted outside (see our planting calendar), take the tray of peat pellets outside for a day or two to acclimate them to outdoor weather and wind.

Plant the peat pellets and their seedlings directly in the ground or raised bed in your garden (you do not need to remove the pellet’s netting) and water seedlings after planting.

Download the “Starting With Peat Pellet” guidesheet here.

The Snackable Garden Kit

Written by : Posted on March 1, 2016 : Comments Off on The Snackable Garden Kit

The Snackable Garden

At our community garden headquarters in Kansas City, we invite kids groups from schools, churches, and youth groups to tour our Beanstalk garden. These kids always get a thrill from picking fruits and veggies right off the plants and vines.

We decided to group some of the more popular seeds together so parents and kids can grow their own “snackable garden” at home.

The Snackable Garden Kit includes eight seed varieties that can be picked, rinsed and eaten with no additional preparation…a perfect snack right from your garden!

Here’s what you get in the Snackable Garden Kit:

Pea - Green Sugar Ann Seeds

Sugar Ann Pea Snap

These delicious, sweet, and crisp peas produce early and are perfect for snacking right off the vine as you play in your garden. There is no need for staking these bushy little vines as they will only grow 10-24” high.

Radish - Cherry Belle Seeds

Cherry Belle Radish

Round, bright cherry red with white flesh. With a root that is about 1” in diameter, this radish tops about 3” at harvest time.

Dragon Tongue Bean

Dragon Tongue Bean

Kids will love eating these cream and violet 6” stringless striped beans raw from the garden. They can also be pickled, stir-fried or steamed. Its unique color makes this bean an attractive side dish and an interesting conversation piece when served to curious guests.

Hyacinth Bean - Ruby Moon Seeds

Ruby Moon Hyacinth Bean

The unofficial mascot of the Beanstalk Garden, this Hyacinth bean is a vigorous vining plant that produces beautiful deep purple bean pods, lovely lilac colored flowers, gorgeous ruby vines, and dark green foliage which also has hints of purple in it.  The flowers are the best-tasting part of the plant, as they have a crunchy, beany flavor.

NOTE: The bean pods are inedible for this product.

Bean - Yard Long / Red Noodle Seeds

Yardlong Red Noodle

Unique maroon-colored pods that, as their name suggests, can grow up to one yard long! Average pod sizes hover around a still impressive 16 – 20” and are as slender as a pencil.

The lovely green vines with their maroon pods are made even more attractive by their little white flowers. Young pods are sweet with an intense flavor.

Older pods can be shelled and dried. Plants produce heavily with up to four beans in a cluster.

Carrot - Mokum Seeds

Mokum Carrot

Often called the most delicious fresh carrot, this early Nantes-type carrot is crisp and sweet to munch on. Bright orange roots that measure about 6-8” at maturity have beautiful green tops that are shorter than most carrot varieties.

Because it matures quickly, ‘Mokum’ carrots are great for spring and summer planting.

French Sorrel Seeds

French Sorrel

The garden’s sour patch kid, this unique leafy herb adds a tart and sour taste to soups, salads and sandwiches. The leaves also taste great on their own as a yummy snack plucked straight off the plant. This perennial salad herb is a favorite of children. Young leaves are best.

Mouse Melon Seeds

Mouse Melon

What is the size of a grape, looks like a miniature watermelon, and tastes like a sour cucumber? A mouse melon! These small oval melons make a delicious crunchy snack that can be eaten right off the vine.

The Snackable Garden Kit is a great way to sample Beanstalk Seeds.

Want to give it a try?

Click here to add the SNACKABLE GARDEN your cart.