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Tendergreen Komatsuna Art Pack

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  • Postage stamp painting by <A HREF="http://www.postagestamppaintings.com">Molly Rausch</A>.
  • Komatsuna ready to eat...
  • flowering...
  • gone to seed!

Tendergreen Komatsuna

Brassica rapa
Cold hearty, heat tolerant, and sweet, this easy-to-tend green is a must for all seasons.

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As gardeners, we're used to interrupting our plants at their most delicious moments. But there is more to every plant's life. Saving seeds is the completion of a circular story echoed in the cycles of nature. Seeds, when left to ripen, fall to the ground to begin a new generation the same way the rain completes the water cycle. The artwork on this pack also completes an interruption; €”the narrow vantage offered by a vintage Japanese stamp. The artist's expanded view shows this deliciously tender Asian green at all stages of its lifecycle. Harvest this mild green at many moments in its life. Let some flower and go to seed (€”it self-sows readily for delicious fall greens) €”and be part of the full circle of life in your garden.
Number of Seeds 250 seeds
Spacing in Row 4 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Planting Depth 1/4 inch
Days to Germination 3-7 days
Days to Maturity 35 days
Height at Maturity 10 inches
Width at Maturity 8 inches
Direct sow anytime ground can be worked, or start 2-3 weeks earlier under protection. Sow in succession all season long. Grows very quickly; harvest promptly to beat bolting. Spring and summer crops need protection from flea beetles—row cover works great. Fall and winter crops thrive with little special care. Harvest when leaves are size of small collards. Extremely cold hardy; performs beautifully in unheated hoop houses and cold frames.

Postage stamp painting by Molly Rausch. Molly Rausch writes, paints, and builds treehouses in New Paltz, New York. Her stamp paintings began 16 years ago with an envelope of foreign stamps from her dad and a small bookbinding project she didn't know how else to fill. Rausch created a Lost & Found Drawing Booth in 2009, dug a tunnel to an abandoned Fotomat in 2010, published a children's book with Penguin in 2011, created a Short Sale for the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2012, and traded drawings for hand-drawn currency at the World Financial Center in 2013. Each stamp painting begins with an actual postage stamp that is glued down to the paper. Then Rausch paints around the stamp, extending the scene, with watercolor and gouache. As a result, the paintings are quite small. Everything is done freehand with a brush; she does not use pens or pencils. She does not paint on the stamp itself. And she does not research the subject, so the extension is completely invented and should not be tested for accuracy.

From the Artist: "I've had this stamp from Japan set aside for some time as a particularly beautiful one I wanted to paint. When I saw Komatsuna on this year's list of possibilities, it seemed like the right time. The stamp is gorgeous. And I loved the idea of placing two friends in a garden, taking a walk in the rain. Painting and gardening share the satisfaction of creating something that wasn't there before. And watching how it changes and grows through the years. My paintings certainly don't look the same as they did 8 years ago. And neither does my yard. Some years it all goes crazy wild. Other years I keep very tidy corners."

Medium: Watercolor, Gouache, Postage Stamp

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