Edible Gardening Swansons Nursery | Growing greater Seattle gardeners since 1924
Swansons Nursery - Watering cans

EDIBLE GARDENS - For Fun, Health, and Savings!

We are dedicated to growing the smartest, hippest, and healthiest gardeners in the Pacific Northwest!

Growing your own herbs and vegetables is easy, rewarding, and loads of fun. Come in to Swansons today for healthy great 'plant starts', seeds, fertilizers, and professional advice from our terrific staff to get you on the right path.
Clicking the links below will give you printable care sheets to help you along. Plan your gardening season this spring, and enjoy fresh vegetables every season of the year! Cool-season crops, such as spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, turnips, and peas withstand light frost and grow well during our cool spring days.


Herbs can be grown together in combinations or separately in their own individual pots.
Drier Mediterranean herbs prefer less water and fertilizer and should be grown individually or together in large combo pots. These include Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Marjoram, Sage, Sweet Bay and Lavender.
Succulent, leafy type herbs prefer regular water and fertilizer and should be grown individually or together in large combo pots. These include Basil, Parsley, Chives, Dill, and Chervil. Lettuce or other cool season salad greens can also be added in if desired.
Cilantro is best grown from seed in succession plantings in its own pots.
If you use a lot of cilantro, sow the seed directly into individual pots. Sow one 12”-14” pot first, then wait two weeks to sow a second pot, then wait two weeks to sow a third pot.
Completely harvest the first crop when mature (4”-6” high), then remove all roots from the pot, add fresh soil if needed and sow again for the next crop. Harvest the second and third pot and repeat the process. Rotating the crops in this fashion provides a succession planting of the freshest, most abundant greens.
Fertilize succulent herbs lightly each month with Dr. Earth All Purpose Organic Fertilizer.

Spring Veggies from Seed
There are many spring veggies that can be started by seed in early spring (March/April). Arugula, spinach, corn salad/mache, mustards, radish, carrots, onions, leeks, parsnips and turnips can all be sowed directly into the garden for a spring crop. Others can be started indoors or in cold frames prior to setting out such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts.

Seed Potatoes
Most all varieties of potatoes can be grown in the Northwest. We've selected varieties that do exceptionally well and are proven performers. The ideal climate for raising potatoes is one with cool, moist summers. While the Puget Sound area ... more.

Growing peas is fun, easy and very rewarding. A cool season crop grown in spring or fall, peas are classified as three types: English Shelling peas, Sugar Snap peas or Snow peas.
The hardest decision to make is choosing a variety. Click here for information.

There are hundreds of varieties of lettuce that appear in all shapes, textures, flavors and sizes. Most lettuce are hardy, cool season crops that can be planted as early as the soil can be worked. They are easily grown from seed from spring through late summer (with some protection from the hot afternoon sun) and again in the cool temperatures of fall. Lettuce grows quickly: water frequently and fertilize with liquid organic fetilizer or compost tea. For baby greens, sow thickly and harvest with scissors. Click here for lettuce quick info.

Beans are one of the easiest and most rewarding warm season vegetables to grow in your garden. Plant beans after the soil has warmed in May and repast plantings through summer for fall harvest
The difference in the taste between a grocery store bean and one hand picked from an
organic garden is like night and day. Click here for bean growing care sheet.


Seeds & Seed Supplies
Now's the time to start planning for your spring & summer vegetable gardens. Swanson’s offers a wonderful selection of seeds from Territorial Seed, Burpee, Renee’s Garden, and Botanical Interests. We have everything you need to get started, from seed starting supplies to seedling mix, and heat mats for seed starting trays.

Best seed selection

Pick up your copy of the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide for month by month gardening informationMaritime NW Garden Guide

e_Newsletter Signup