Bonnie Plants are the only veggies, herbs and flowers available in 100 percent biodegradable "peatpots". They are delivered fresh and healthy with varieties for your area because they're grown on some 50 farms all across the country. Easy to plant, just cut off the recyclable wrapper, gently tear off the bottom half of the peatpot and plant. Bonnie is committed to helping gardeners give something back to the earth with peatpots and other responsible, sustainable products. Bonnie's Going Greener for You.
Bonnie's 3rd Grade Cabbage Program introduces 1.2 million youngsters to gardening each year with a free Bonnie cabbage plant, growing instructions and a nationwide contest. Their Bonnie Cabbages often grow to 40 pounds or more! Here, Allen shows kids how to plant Swiss Chard at his Garden Home Retreat.
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The Biodegradable Peat Pot
Creating a Pizza Pot
Crab Cakes with Lemongrass Mustard Mayo
Corn and Basil Pudding
Bonnie Plants Zucchini
A 1957 All America Selections winner, this early and prolific variety has been exceedingly popular for its very dark green skin and creamy white flesh. You know what they say about zucchini, "plant it and stand back." The fast-growing plants are very easy to grow and will continue to produce abundantly through summer if kept picked. Use in soups, salads, and casseroles. Great sliced thin for dips, or battered and fried. Freezes well. Harvest while skins are still tender; pick really small for "baby zucchini." Space transplants 3 feet apart.
Fruit size: 6 to 8 inches
Matures: 48 days
Bonnie Plants Straightneck Squash
This summer squash produces creamy yellow, tender fruit of excellent quality early in the season. Prolific plants continue bearing if kept picked and cared for. The tender straightneck squash is delicious sliced thin for fresh dips or cooked in any number of dishes. Plant transplants in hills spaced three feet apart. Plant three plants per hill, allowing 3 to 4 inches between plants.
Fruit size: 4 to 6 inches
Matures: 46 to 52 days
Bonnie Plants Sweet Basil
This herb is known around the world for its wonderful fragrance and flavor. Well known as the key ingredient in pesto, sweet basil has big leaves that are fast and easy to grow so that you can make your own pesto to freeze for year-round use. It loves hot weather; always wait until all danger of frost is past before planting in the garden in the spring and harvest before the weather starts to cool down in fall. Great for containers, but be sure to keep watered. If you were to grow only one herb, this is probably it. It is impossible to find fresh basil at the market that is not all wilted and dried. Basil just doesn’t have the aromatic quality of the fresh leaves which are often added at the last minute to many Asian soups and dishes.
Bonnie Plants Rosemary
A native of the Mediterranean region and member of the mint family, rosemary is a lovely plant with great culinary and ornamental value. A striking, upright evergreen shrub in zones 8 and south, it fills the air with its fragrance as soon as you brush your hand across the leaves. The key to growing rosemary is a well-drained soil that stays evenly moist. It is also excellent for containers, which lets gardeners in colder climates to bring it indoors in the winter. Unlike most herbs, rosemary has a stronger flavor when fresh than when dried. Cut sprigs anytime for fresh use.
It’s hard to have too much rosemary. The plant has so many uses that it will be enjoyed all the time. Use a few cut stems will a room with fragrance.
Bonnie Plants Lavender Provence
(Lavender x intermedia Provence)
A native Mediterranean plant, lavender has been one of the world’s most enduring ornamental herbs. From its appearance in English gardens to its use in commercial production of French perfume and cosmetics, fragrant lavender makes its presence known. Beginning in late spring or early summer, the heady scent of lavender fills the air. Even in winter lavender’s silver-green leaves may keep their color and perfume.
If you have traveled to the countryside of France where lavender is grown on farms for its flowers, ‘Provence’ is one of the lavenders that you probably saw. Its light purple flowers are prized for their intense and lasting fragrance, and they dry well for potpourri. It is also one of the favorite culinary varieties. ‘Provence’ is also good variety for gardeners who have difficulty over wintering lavenders.
In the South and humid parts of the Midwest, Provence is one of the better of the true French lavenders (less subject to browning out), but will be even better in a container with good air circulation.
Bonnie Plants Patio Tomato
Patio hybrid is excellent for containers and small gardens, bearing tasty 3 to 4 oz tomatoes on strong, compact plants that grow only 2 feet tall. The stout stems generally do not need staking. Space plants 24 inches apart in a garden. Perfect for containers.
Patio is resistant to fusarium wilt (F), alternaria stem canker (A), and gray leaf spot (St). Widely adapted throughout the US.
Fruit size: 2 inch
Matures: 70 days
Plant type: Determinate
Bonnie Plants OS Cross Cabbage
This is a high-quality, bolt-resistant hybrid that produces exhibition-size heads. Try it in flower beds to be the talk of the neighborhood. Space at least 3 feet apart for room to grow! This 1951 All America Selections winner is still THE giant cabbage to grow. Head shape is slightly flattened. Set transplants 36 inches apart in rows 36 inches apart.
Head size: 30 to 50 pounds
Matures: 82 days
Bonnie Plants Lemon Thyme
(Thymus x citriodus)
A favorite of all thymes, lemon thyme is great in the garden and the kitchen. Easy to grow. Although it looks like German thyme (or English thyme), it definitely tastes and smells like lemon. Use it in any recipe that calls for lemon, including marinades. It grows vigorously, so you can trim back to keep neat and compact and enjoy the trimmings! The glossy green foliage is easily sheared into a tiny hedge if you are looking to create a traditional knot garden. Evergreen in zones 8 and 9.
Bonnie Plants Jalapeño Pepper
Named for the town of Jalapa, Mexico, this is the most popular chile pepper in the United States. This pepper produces 3-inch, thick-walled, moderately hot pods with deep green color that matures to a bright red. The skin may show a netting pattern, but it does not affect flavor. Widely adapted, Jalapeño yields a bountiful harvest in dry or humid, hot or cool climates. Set transplants 18 inches apart in rows 30 inches apart. The compact plants grow well in containers, too. Use Jalapeño on nachos, in salsa, or smoke the mature red ones over mesquite chips to make your own chipotle sauce. Jalapeño became the first pepper in space when a bag full of pods accompanied astronauts on the shuttle Columbia in November 1982!
Fruit size: 3 inches
Matures: 72 days
Bonnie Plants Husky Cherry Tomato
One of the popular “Husky” series developed especially for home gardens. What makes this hybrid so great is that the indeterminate vines are short and husky (4 feet), yielding lots of tasty fruit in a small space over a long period of time. Perfect for pots. In the garden, space 24 to 36 inches apart.
Many juicy, sweet cherry tomatoes are borne on vines resistant to verticillium wilt (V) and fusarium wilt (F). Doesn’t need staking.
Fruit size: 1 inch
Matures: 65 days
Plant type: Determinate
Bonnie Plants Green Bell Pepper
Bonnie's best hybrid sweet bell pepper! A heavy yielder of large, 4-lobed fruits. A good all-round pepper for slicing, stuffing, and freezing. Space plants about 18 inches apart in rows 30 inches apart. This is a good-sized plant. Be prepared to stake, if needed.
Fruit size: 4 1/2 x 4 inches
Matures: 75 days
Bonnie Plants Everbearing Strawberry (Quinalt)
Most popular variety of everbearing strawberry! Large, soft, deliciously sweet fruit ideal for preserves or fresh eating. Produces from late spring through fall. Plant so that crown is just above soil level. Set transplants 18 inches apart.
Matures: 60 to 70 days
Bonnie Plants Common Sage
Gardeners add the uniquely flavored leaves of common sage, a strong, herbaceous perennial, to sauces, stuffings, poultry, pork, and sausage. They provide a lovely fragrance and flavor to a dish, especially when leaves are sautéed before adding. It is a good fall and winter plant in hot climates.
Bonnie Plants Cilantro
Also called Chinese parsley, cilantro leaves have a wonderful aroma that fills a room. It is the distinctive flavor in good, fresh salsa and is widely used in Mexican, Caribbean, and Asian cuisines. The leaves lend their flavor to salsas, curries, salads, chutneys, herbed butters, and meat marinades.
Cilantro looks like parsley and grows in a rosette of stemmy leaves that are ready to harvest shortly after planting. It is a fast-growing annual, and the younger leaves tend to have better flavor. Cilantro is a member of the carrot family. Harvest the seeds, too. They are what you buy in spice jars as coriander, a common ingredient in Asian cooking.
Bonnie Plants Big Beef Tomato
This large flavorful fruit appears on indeterminate vines from summer until frost. Compared to other beefsteak types, Big Beef is early and will set fruit reliably even in cool, wet weather. Space 24 to 36 inches apart.
Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F) races 1 and 2, nematodes (N), and alternaria stem canker (A), gray leaf spot, and tobacco mosaic virus (T). It is similar to Better Boy and Beefmaster.
Fruit size: 12 to 16 oz.
Matures: 73 days
Plant type: Indeterminate
Bonnie Plants Better Bush Tomato
Especially strong, bushy plants produce a large initial crop of tasty, medium- sized tomatoes that are followed by more until the stout, determinate plants stop producing. The heavy foliage of this hybrid helps protect tomatoes from sunburn. Keep the harvest going with successive, monthly plantings through July. Space 24 to 36 inches apart. Plants are strong and upright, but will still do best in a small cage or on a stake for support.
Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F), and nematodes (N).
Fruit size: 8 oz
Matures: 68 days
Plant type: Determinate
Bonnie Plants Bush Goliath Tomato
For such a compact plant, Bush Goliath produces surprisingly large, 3 to 4 inch, sweet tomatoes on determinate vines consistently through summer and until frost. Space 24 to 36 inches apart.
Resistant to verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt, and nematodes.
Fruit size: 3 to 6 oz
Matures: 68 days
Plant type: Determinate
Bonnie Plants Better Boy Tomato
High yields of smooth skinned, large fruit earn Better Boy a spot as one of the most popular tomatoes grown in the US. The fruit has excellent classic tomato flavor with just the right balance of acid and sugar. Best grown in cages or on stakes. Space 24 to 36 inches apart.
The indeterminate vines are resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F), and nematodes (N).
Fruit size: 16 oz
Matures: 70 to 75 days
Plant type: Indeterminate
Bonnie Plants Bee Balm
Monarda, or bee balm, is a member of the mint family with a delicate beauty but rugged longevity. The whorled flowers come in lavender, red, or pink. A favorite of bees, it’s a good companion for squash and other plants that depend on bees for pollination. Give it room to multiply and share the divisions with friends. Because it is perennial, the flower show only gets better in the second and later years. You may also hear bee balm called bergamot and Oswego tea. This is a great, all-round, tough plant for flower and vegetable gardeners as well as hummingbird watchers.
Bonnie Plants Arugula
Long popular in France and Italy, the leaves of arugula provide a spicy zap when added to a salad. You can also sauté or steam them like spinach or other leafy greens. Plants look a little like a dandelion, but more open. Leaves grow best in cool weather. Leafy plants grow 6 to 12 inches tall while in the harvest stage. Once they bolt, bloom stalks may grow 24 to 36 inches, which signals that it is time to make room for warm-weather crops. Pull up when plants start to send up a bloom stalk from the center.