My apologies to all you gardeners. I am currently in full time school for many years and do not have any extra time to get to all things seeds. All my new stock remains unlabelled and I am unable to promise much for the next few years other than getting some seeds out to my favourite local stores. I will not be updating my website, but you are welcome to research the wondrous varieties of years past.
Look for *red stars* on varieties that are cold tolerant and can be grown in short season areas.
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.
MESCLUN MIX*-Tat Tsai, Mizuna, Mibuna, Arugula, Pac Choi, Red Giant, Bordeaux Spinach. 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.
RUBY STREAKS SALAD GREEN*-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.
LETTUCE MIX*-Many shapes and colours of leaf lettuce varieties. 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.
HEIRLOOM TOMATO VARIETIES (Solanum lycopersicum)
*Cold tolerant and shorter season varieties, but for best results grow in greenhouses!*
MOUNTAIN PRINCESS-A red, 6-8oz, blemish-free fruit. An early producing determinate. An heirloom from West Virginia. 65 days.
GRANDPA’S COCK’S PLUME*- Determinate plants tolerant of cool growing conditions. Med-large pinkish red heart shaped tomatoes with unique large shoulders. Mid-season fruits. Excellent slicer, canner, & paste tomato.
GLACIER*-An early compact cold tolerant determinate plant producing tasty small sized red fruits. Adds beautiful colour to salads.
STUPICE*-Semi-determinate-Incredible producer of 1 oz red tomatoes. Potato-leaf shaped leaves. Vigorous and productive.
BURPEE’S LONGKEEPER-Grows medium-sized golden orange fruits on the outside and ripening to red on the inside. Stores way past 12 weeks. 78 days to maturity. This rare variety is not carried by any other Canadian Seed Company. It is no longer available from the company I sourced them from.
EVA PURPLE BALL-Medium sized pink/red round blemish- free fruits. 70 days. Tasty and productive. A juicy heirloom from the Black Forest region of Germany. Start indoors 8 weeks before last frost. Use well rotted manure as a fertilizer.
FEUERWERK-Very unique yellow mottling, the likes unseen before, on 10-12oz long red roma-type fruits. 80days to maturity. Regular leaf.
GLASNOST*-A medium-sized red oblate shaped tomato. A Siberian cold tolerant mid-season plant. Excellent slicer! Indeterminate. Start indoors 8 weeks before last frost. Use well rotted manure as a fertilizer.
HEIRLOOM TOMATO MIX 2013-Many different heirloom varieties that I grew and mixed them all together this year. Small, medium, and large tomatoes. Red and orange varieties. If you like surprises or can’t decide on what you want to grow, this one is an easy choice.
HURMA -Large, gold coloured, oblate shaped tomato. Excellent slicer and lovely in salads! 3-4oz Firm & dense. 85 days. Indeterminate. Start indoors 8 weeks before last frost. Use well rotted manure as a fertilizer.
PERISTROIKA*-Siberian cold tolerant mid-season plant. A solid medium-sized round red fruit. Excellent slicer! 68 days.
TARTAR OF MONGOLISTAN-Medium sized red fruits that are flavourful and have a slightly flattened shape. Great fresh or dried. Indeterminate.
VOYAGE-Unusual 12-16oz fruit with ‘mini-fruits’ clustered together. Individual segments can be picked off and eaten separately like grapes. Prolific producer. Rare. You will want to show others this unusual tomato.
CHERRY TOMATOES- Indeterminate & Determinate
RED CURRANT (Lycopersicon pimpinellifolium)South American species with 100’s of tiny, sweet red fruits on fast growing vines. Prune hard or let ramble. Rare. 65 days.
DR. WYCHE’S YELLOW-Yellow when ripe. Start tomatillo indoors 4-6 weeks prior to last frost.
RIO GRANDE-Largest fruits I have found to date! Great Mexican variety for making salsa verde. Produces high yields of firm fruits well covered with husk. Non-pithy when ripe. Sweet sour flavour. Harvest when husks turn brown and begin to open. Start indoors 4-8 weeks before last frost.
TOMATILLO VERDE*- Famous husked green tomato for making salsa verde. Sweet sour flavour. Harvest when husks turn brown & begin to open.
*Most perennials are cold tolerant and overwinter, but it depends on how hard your permafrost is if they survive.
ANISE HYSSOP (Agastache foeniculum) A fragrant perennial that is a great attractor of birds and bees. Its purple flowers grow on spikes from June to October and produce abundant nectar so it is a good honey plant (honey artisans note – it produces a light fragrant honey). It is the foliage which is fragrant and makes a wonderful tea and seasoning with strong anise flavor as its name suggests, but the lavender flowers are also edible and make a pretty garnish for salads and desserts. It is also used in potpourri and perfumes. The seeds are great for baking in cookies, cakes, muffins and scones. A member of the mint family, it will grow 2′-4′ (occasionally as high as 6′). Particularly lovely when inter-sown with daisies and echinacea. Self-sows.
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. Re-seeds 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.
LIATRUS-Grow in full sun in well-drained soil with average moisture. Plant in the perennial border, cut flower garden, prairie or wild flower meadow. Height 24-36”. Spreads 12-18”. Transplant outside when large enough to handle.
MARSHMALLOW-(Althaea officinalis) Perennial herb with tiny pale pink flowers with grey-green velvety leaves . The root is used medicinally. Grows 3′ tall. Plant seeds ¼” deep. Germination takes 12-18 days. Keep soil moist.
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.
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!
HUICHOL +White flowers with short narrow leaves. Prune off flowers to grow larger leaves or grow for its flowers. Fertilize. Grows 2′ tall. Very small plant than other tobacco varieties and flowers quickly.
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.
BACHELOR’S BUTTONS* (Centurea)-Blue-2-3’ Tall. An abundant cut flower. Direct seed in the sun.
CALENDULA* ORANGE-Space plants 10-15” apart. Plants grow 1-2′ tall.
COSMOS-SEASHELLS MIXED-Pink, and light pink tubular petals flower mix. Grows 2-4′ tall.
PICOTEE-Large white flowers with crimson picotee edging. Feathery foiliage. Excellent for borders and cutting. Flowers mid-summer onwards. 4′ in height. Space 45cm apart.
GAZEBO RED & PINK SENSATION MIX-Start indoors 2-4 weeks before last frost or direct seed. Grows 2-4’ tall with large daisy type flowers. Direct seeding works locally.
COURT JESTER-GAZANIA type flowers have various bold rings of colour on each bloom. Compact plants grow 1 1/2′ tall.
DELPHINIUM-Stately columns of spurred flowers open one by one from the bottom up, attracting domestic and wild bees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds. Flowers are pale sky blue to the deepest, most vivid blue of all flowers.
HOLLYHOCK-PINK Classic heirloom biennial 4’ tall. Small plant first year, flowers on spires in the second year.
LAMBS EARS-Perennial fuzzy leaf with pink salvia type flowers. Ht.2-3′.
LOVES LIES BLEEDING-AMARANTH-Grows long draping red flower. Beautiful as a cut or dried flower. Cut flowers at peak of bloom or pick seed heads just before frost.
MARIGOLD (Tagetes erecta) African Marigold. Huge flowers, up to 4″ across. Blooms all summer long in rich shade of gold, yellow and orange. Sturdy stems are good for fresh cut flowers. Rich in lutein, a compound that studies suggest may improve visual acuity in patients with retinal degeneration. When added to chicken feed, lutein-rich marigold flowers help make egg yolks turn a richer deeper colour.
SPARKY MIX* (Tagetes patula) French Marigold. Red/Orange, Orange, Yellow mix. Flowers early. 6” tall. Suppress “bad” nematodes in soil. Plant around vegetable gardens.
POPPY* (Papaver somniferum) PINK-Large light pink poppy. The pods make beautiful cut flower arrangements.
RED PERILLA-Amaranth-Beautiful red flame of colour is ornamental and purposeful. The leaves, stalk and flowers are red and used as a natural colourant in Japanese cooking (umeboshi paste). Seeds are tiny, shiny and black. Grows about 1 1/2′ tall. Plant amongst your flower beds or in your garden.
SULTANS*-Mixed colours-Blue, pink, white, & purple. 1-3’ tall. Abundant flowers. Keeps well in arrangements.
GREY STRIPE MAMMOTH SUNFLOWER-Large single flowering head. Grows to meet the sky!!! 10-20′ tall.
TRUMPET FLOWER-DATURA-Stunning large violet trumpet flowers. A hardy plant that can be directly seeded. Can grow over 2 feet in one Kootenay Summer. Cut off seedpods before they open as it re-seeds easily. Poisonous to ingest.
#Seed saving note-Most flowers cross with other colours and varieties of the same flower. If you want to maintain pure colours or a specific variety separate most varieties 500ft+ or grow in separate years. If crossed certain colours show more dominant. Some mixed combinations make things more exciting.
CABBAGE*-KRAUTMAN X LANGEDJIKER-STARWINNER-Crossed between the uniform ball shape of Krautman and the large non-cracking Langedjiker-Starwinner. Excellent for sauerkraut. Always have a good abundant crop with these. Cabbage feeds the people! You can put cabbage in just about anything. You can even food process and cook with rice for added nutrition. Remember cabbage is a cool weather plant, so plant out early; and when the rain has stopped mulch around the plants to grow them big! Inspect and pick off caterpillars mid-season. Your area may have different pests so check a good organic gardening book for remedies.
SWEET CORN*- PICANINNY (2013) BLUE JADE (2012)- Miniature 4′ plants bear 2-3 ears of “sweet” steel blue cobs that turn jade blue when boiled. 65 days. Other names of this variety are Baby Blue and Sweet Baby Blue. Limited supply. Request in an email.
POPCORN-Popcorn varieties are becoming increasingly rare! You must isolate or bag tassels if grown near other corn. These varieties I received through a member of Seeds of Diversity in Wellesley, ON. He originally got the seed from Sand Hill Seed Preservation in Iowa, USA. He and I are the only ones in Canada to offer these seeds. I am offering the seeds to folks who have a longer season than I do. I have a limited number of packs with 100 seeds in each pack. It is good to grow at least 100 corn plants when saving the seed. For best results, let the popcorn seed cure for 8-12 months before popping. Message me for availability.
FARIBO WHITE HULLESS-100+ days. White Kernels.
RHODES BI-COLOUR-100+ days. Some grew yellow kernels some grew red. These are just the yellow kernels.
RHODES RED-100+ days. Beautiful red kernels!
RUSSIAN SOUP-Purple flowers turn quickly to green shelling pods. Not so easy to shell. Trellis these almost ornamental peas as the vines grow to 6′.
AMARANTH(Amaranthus sp.) – A traditional food, ornamental and dye plant. It is a domesticated variety of pigweed and a native American crop. The plants are sturdy, generally growing from 4′-8′ tall. The large leaves are green or red and the seed heads are red, yellow, brown or multicoloured. The grain varieties are grown for their heavy yield of small blond seeds which are rich in protein (16-18%). They also complement corn and wheat to make a complete protein. Sow them after danger of frost is past. When the plants have dried after a heavy frost in the fall, cut the seed heads, thresh and winnow. The seeds can be popped, sprouted, milled into flour or cooked whole. The young and tender leaves can be cooked and eaten like spinach.
AMARANTH R158-Developed by Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Rodale Research Centre. The leaves and seed heads are mostly red. It is early and heavy yielding.
AMARANTH-LOVE LIES BLEEDING-Grows long draping red flower. Beautiful as a cut or dried flower. Cut flowers at peak of bloom or pick seed heads just before frost.
RED PERILLA-Amaranth-Beautiful red flame of colour is ornamental and purposeful. The leaves, stalk and flowers are red and used as a natural colourant in Japanese cooking (umeboshi paste). Seeds are tiny, shiny and black. Grows about 1 1/2′ tall. Plant amongst your flower beds or in your garden. These are not the red shiso plants with the unique “cumin-like” flavor, but can be used to dye foods.
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