(All salad greens and herbs grow well in short season areas.)
CILANTRO-Produces broad, fresh green leaves on strong stems. Excellent for bunching. Direct seed multiple sowings every two weeks for continuous supply.
GREEN LETTUCE-White seeded early growing leaf lettuce. Always returns to my garden every year! Good for short season areas. Successive plant to have tender lettuce all season long.
MESCLUN MIX-Tat Tsoi, Mizuna, Arugula, Red Giant mustard,cress, and red orach, . Plant in successions April-Sept! Cut down to keep small. Re-plant where you just pulled the garlic for autumn harvest. Easy to grow. 45-55 days.
SPICY MUSTARD AND LETTUCE MIX-Red russian mustard with Mizuna, Tat Tsoi, Red Orach, and a mix of heat tolerant leaf lettuces of different shapes and colours.
LETTUCE MIX-Mostly green leaf lettuce. Good varieties to grow to save your own seed. Replant every few weeks. Cut when 5” high.
RED ORACH-Mountain Spinach-(Atriplex hotensis) Red and purple fast growing 2” tall plant. Pinch for bush plants. Colourful addition to salads. Re-seeds easily and is the first to volunteer in the spring. Isolate to maintain colour.
KATIE’S MUSTARD-An Heirloom from Australia with lime green wrinkled, serrated leaves. The young leaves are a mild tasting salad green. Grows bitter with age. Sow in every two weeks in spring and again in late summer. Plant seeds ¼” deep, 1”apart. Thin to4-6”. Space rows 1’ apart. Cut down to keep small and tender or grow full-sized. A cool season plant.
RUBY STREAKS-Stunning purple and green lacy leaves with a sweet, yet pungent flavour. 20-40days. Sow in every two weeks in spring and again in late summer. Plant seeds ¼” deep, 1”apart. Thin to4-6”. Space rows 1’ apart. Cut down to keep small and tender or grow full-sized. A cool season plant.
TURKISH ARUGULA-A peppery tasting salad green. Very cold tolerant as it is, usually, the last salad green the frost kills. A smaller variety compared to the “Roquette” Arugula variety.
PARSLEY-MOSS CURLED-A perennial in the Kootenay’s. Best for drying. Good source of iron and Vitamin C. Easy to grow. Does well in containers. Cold hardy.
CRESS: (Lepidium sativum) Early, self-sowing, & fast growing. Try growing with mustard sprouts and put on egg sandwiches.
DOUKHOBOR- (Khartchatca Xap4NTca) Peppery taste. Early & cold tolerant. Self-seeds easily. Excellent source of Vitamin C. A favorite variety that has been grown in BC’s interior a long time.
CATNIP- An attractive plant with a pleasant fragrance. The leaves can be used in herbal teas, as a seasoning, or as a cat treat. Perennial. Grows 2-3′. Tea induces a good night’s sleep. Remedy for colds and fevers.
PURPLE CONEFLOWER (Echinacea pupurea) Perennial. Long lasting daisy like blooms of light purple with contrasting centres of dark maroon. Blooms July/August. 1M in height. Plant in clusters.
ELECAMPANE (Inula helenium) Also known as Horseheal this medicinal herb was used since ancient time (it was a sacred herb to the Druids), mostly for all types of lung ailments, that has recently been shown effective against the dreaded MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) bug, as well as a broad spectrum of other bacteria. A stout plant that grows 3-5 feet high producing myriad 2″ yellow flowers, is still used in veterinary medicine, and also in the production of absinthe. Needs light to germinate.
EPAZOTE-Aromatic wild herb from Mexico commonly used in cooking for flavouring and degassing beans. Used in anti-parasitic formulas and digestion healing teas. Reseeds easily!
FEVERFEW (Tanacetum parthenium) An herbaceous perennial with single, daisy-like flowers. Its spreads nicely into upright bushes about 2’-3’ tall. Self-sows.The leaves and flowers can be used in herbal teas. A medical survey in England indicates that 1 to 4 leaves of feverfew infused in a tea or eaten in a sandwich daily reduce the number and severity of migraine attacks in some sufferers. It even has pleasant side effects including a sense of well-being, lack of tension and relief from arthritis.Historically used for fevers, migraine headaches, & menstrual cramps.
GERMAN CHAMOMILE (Matricaria recutita)-Boldegold-An improved strain of German chamomile for commercial production. Erect, sturdy growth habit and larger flowers containing up 0.7% essential oil high in bisabolol and other medicinal compounds. Grow your own carpet of flowers to harvest for a healthy tea.
LOVAGE (Levisticum officinalis) It adds a strong celery flavour to soups, meat, and sauces. An essential in creating flavourful stock. A hardy perennial for sunny locations. Grows 4′.
MOTHERWORT (Leonurau cardica) Especially valuable for women and mothers. Said to be a gentle sedative to calm the nervous system, and strengthen the heart. This leafy 2-3′ tall herb has pink salvia type flowers.
ST. JOHN’S WORT-Common roadside herb. Blooms for a long time. Bright yellow flowers are used in herbal oil infusions for many things. If applied to skin it can cause a sensitivity to light and can interact with medications.
SWEET CICELY-Perennial licorice tasting fern. Grows well in shade or sun. Seeds need to be cold stratified, so place in the freezer for two weeks for better germination. Sold out.
MOSS CURLED-A perennial in the Kootenay’s. Best for drying. Good source of iron and Vitamin C. Easy to grow. Does well in containers. Cold hardy.
+HOPI+Yellow flowers and broad leaves. Prune off flowers to grow larger leaves. Fertilize well. Grows 2’+ tall. Tobacco plants can be used to make natural insecticides.
1000 YEAR OLD TOBACCO-Said to have originally been found in a First Nation’s burial site in an excavated urn near the Great Lakes. This variety is similar to the Hopi, as it grows short and with big leaves. I noticed the resin amount differed between the varieties. This one was slightly less. Therefore less bugs would stick to the leaves by harvest time.
JASMINE NIGHT SCENTED-Short resinous plant with small leaves. The small white trumpet flowers grow off a tall stock from the base of the plant. Plant in a pot on your deck as it exudes a beautiful smell in the evening. Direct seed.
VIRGINIANA-This tall 6′ variety grows large resinous leaves and pink flowers. Similar to common commercial varieties. Can be used as a deterrent plant for aphids or made into an organic insecticide by soaking the leaves.
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