Gilfeather Rutabaga Art Pack

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  • Art by Eric Losh.
  • White, crisp and sweet.
  • Rutabagas take about 100 days to mature. These are pictured in early September and will continue to enlarge into the fall months.

Gilfeather Rutabaga

Brassica napus

Certified Organic Seed

Mild enough to munch straight from the garden, hearty enough to survive the freezing temps of a northeast fall.

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We welcome all kinds of mutts into our homes and gardens. After all, many of our heirlooms came from backyard crosses. Take this 1800s Vermont heirloom from farmer John Gilfeather, for example. A highly uncommon interspecies cross between a rutabaga and turnip resulted in a root with edible rutabaga leaves and a mild, white turnip-like base. The Seed Library's new mascot, Rutabaga the dog, is equally cross-pollinated with some of the coloring of an Australian Cattle Dog, the spring of a Jack Russell, and the spirit of the wild. Both of these crosses resulted in robust beings with the best characteristics of their wayward parents. And we'€™ve taken them both in to nurture, love, and let live out their lives on our farm.

Quick Facts

Number of Seeds 250 seeds
Spacing in Row 10 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Planting Depth 1/4 inch
Days to Germination 3-10 days
Days to Maturity 85 days
Height at Maturity 18 inches
Width at Maturity 10 inches

How to Grow

Direct sow 12-14 before first frost, then thin to indicated spacing when plants are 2-3 inches high. Cover with row cover at the immediately after sowing to prevent flea beetle damage. Keep watered, especially during hot weeks. Harvest when roots are 4-6" across, after the first frost for a sweet crop. Cut the tops off and store in the refrigerator or in a root cellar for months.

Art by Eric Losh. Eric Losh is an illustrator and graphic designer, pushing paint and pixels in NYC and Brooklyn. He has a BFA in Graphic Design from West Virginia University and an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His work ranges from illustrations for children’s books, albums and book covers to graphic design for logos, packaging and posters. He is most inspired by wildlife conservation, science, travel and music. He lives with his partner Meghan in Greenpoint Brooklyn, plays old time banjo and has a pet frog named Marvin.

From the Artist: "I always take the opportunity to feature wildlife or environmental themes into my artwork. My goal is to inspire and educate children and adults about the importance of environments around the world and where they live. For this Pack Art, I chose to depict Gilfeather Rutabaga within it's place of origin—an autumnal Vermont farm, complete with wildlife species symbolic to the state, along with "Rutabaga", the Seed Library's canine mascot."

Medium: watercolor & acrylic on paper

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