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Argenteuil asparagus seedling roots
Asparagus, Argenteuil (Asparagus officinalis)
Our Price: $3.25
10 in stock!

Called 'the most elegant of all vegetables', this French heirloom never disappoints with its large, 2 cm thick spears. Prolific and produces spears earlier in spring than most varieties. Ultimate variety for white asparagus. Excellent flavour, very tender and loaded with folic acid and other healthy vitamins and minerals. I'm tired of the run of the mill asparagus with wimpy stems and I am now growing this. Plants create a circular fan of fleshy rhizomes and are heavy feeders, so its best to top dress with composted manure in late winter once the snow is gone...or before snow falls in late fall/early winter. Can adapt to a wide variety of well draining soils. Heat tolerant.

Cucamelon
Cucamelon
Our Price: $3.50
10 in stock!

60 days. This diminutive fruit is known by many names such as mouse melon and Mexican sour gherkin. Don't let its small size fool you as it will take over a trellis in very little time and bear loads of small melon like fruits. Taste is somewhere between a cucumber and watermelon. Prolific. Great in salads (sweet or savory) and as pickles. We have it outside growing on a wire framed trellis in shallow raised beds. No disease. Cool thing about this species (Melothria scabra) is the roots can be grubbed up, stashed away in a pot of peat where it won't freeze and replanted in the spring after the danger of frost has past. Instant gratification!

Sikkim cucumber
Cucumber, Sikkim
Our Price: $3.50
30 in stock!

60 days. A rare ancient variety from the Sikkim region of Northern India-Nepal-Bhutan. Fruits start life green then slowly transition to mustard yellow then a beautiful crackle. Fruits can weigh a kilo or more. Refreshing white crisp flesh is entirely bitterfree. Many suffered the same fate as its Tanja counterparts by being a feature in many sandwiches, salads or taken on an impromptu tour around the garden while getting munched. Prolific. We have it outside growing on a wire framed trellis in shallow raised beds. No disease.

Tanja cucumber
Cucumber, Tanja
Our Price: $3.50
15 in stock!

60 days. An European heirloom with great adaptability to grow in the greenhouse and outdoors. Dark green skinned 30 cm fruits with bright white flesh and small seed cavity. Great slicing. We were impressed how well it did as a pickle. Bitterfree. Prolific. We have it outside growing on a wire framed trellis in shallow raised beds. Had it in Asian style salad rolls, sushi, potato & cuke salad. I yearn for summer again to feast on these.

Kale, Sweet Hardy (Brassica napus)
Kale, Sweet Hardy (Brassica napus)
Our Price: $3.00
19 in stock!

An overwintering variety with deep green leaves and shoots.  Great sweet nutty tasting greens for late winter to early spring.  Doesn't have the pungent or bitterness of other kales we've grown or tried.  Hasn't been tried it as a spring sown green.  Survived our -14C winter temps without any protection. Unname seed comes through an exchange with a good friend who has horticultural connections with northern gardeners.  We've given it the best moniker after much sampling.  Great fresh, steamed, try drying it for handy greens and chips!  Tight unopened flowering shoots great fresh and cooked like asparagus broccoli types.
Pepper 'Apple Sweet'
Pepper 'Apple Sweet' seeds
Our Price: $2.50
29 in stock!

77 days. A lovely sweet thick walled broad shouldered 12cm long conical pepper is more of a pimento type than anything else.  Stocky robust plants are extremely productive especially in an open ended greenhouse.  Keep fairly well as here it is early January and I still have some fresh ones in the veggie crisper.  Again, if you start these along side the tomatoes in mid February you will have a bounty of these tasty beauties. Tobacco mosaic virus resistant. Open pollinated.
Pepper 'Red Peter'
Pepper, 'Peter'
Our Price: $3.25
5 in stock!

90 days. Open pollinated little naughty looking peppers. Not too shocking where you need to give a 'birds and bees' talk with the youngin's but tuck them into a bachelorette bouquet and there will be giggles. These are thin fleshed hot peppers making it ideal for chilli pepper.
Green Shiso
Shiso, Green
Our Price: $2.50
20 in stock!

Perilla frutescens. Annual. Green leafed form of this famous very pretty Japanese culinary herb. Basil like fragrance is toned with cinnamon, citrus and cloves. Easy to grow. Loves sun. Drought tolerant when established.
Red Shiso
Shiso, Red
Our Price: $2.50
20 in stock!

Perilla frutescens. Annual. Red leafed form of this famous very pretty Japanese culinary herb. Basil like fragrance is toned with cinnamon, citrus and cloves. Used in many dishes for imparting flavour, colour (making pickled ginger pink) and its curative properties for sushi and umeboshi plums. Easy to grow. Loves sun. Drought tolerant when established.
Skookum Grow: our natural germination enhancer
Skookum Grow: our natural germination enhancer
Our Price: $4.00
(Out of Stock)

My tried and true germination initiator to promote more uniform and consistent germination in many plants we grow including hard to start species such as Meconopsis, Trillium, and Paeonia. Made from entirely natural ingredients of Ascophyllum nodosum kelp extract and fulvic acid, ‘Skookum Grow’ is a holistic approach using balanced formula of gibberellins, cytokinins, auxins, and enzymes with fulvic acid as an additional germination catalyst.  This concentrated formula is easy to use where 5 ml of ‘Skookum Grow’ makes 1 litre of seed soak solution.  The soak time differs for each seed type (see ‘cultivation notes’ on your seed packet) as it usually ranges between 12-48 hours but never beyond 72 hours.  Being organic, this product has a limited shelf life once made into a solution and is perfect for watering your plants once you are finished soaking your seeds so nothing is lost.  Please store any unused portion of ‘Skookum Grow’ concentrate in your refrigerator.
Lab analysis results show that the kelp portion of our formula contains a minimum 400 ppm of cytokinins, gibberellins, and auxins. Two 5 ml packets.
   
 
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