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Flowers

Type Seed name Classification Description Packets
Calendula Single Orange

Asteraceae: Calendula officinalis

This bright orange flower is both beautiful and edible! The petals have a tangy flavour and are an excellent addition to salads or as decoration on cakes.

EasyTolerates shadeSuitable for containersQuebec-origin seed

11 packets/15 seeds per packet

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Herbs

Type Seed name Classification Description Packets
Basil Genovese Lamiaceae: Ocimum basilicum

This is the best Italian pesto basil variety. Plants grow up to 24”/60 cm tall, with large leaves. Basil requires warm weather and sun, but can be grown equally well in containers or in the ground. Allowed to bolt, the small purple flowers attract pollinators.

EasyFull sunSuitable for containersAttracts pollinators

7 packets/25 seeds per packet
Basil Italian Large-leaf Lamiaceae: Ocimum basilicum

Growing up to 30”/76cm tall, this basil has unusually large leaves with a sweet, mild flavour. Basil requires warm weather and sun to grow properly, but if prevented from bolting will provide fresh leaves all summer long.

EasyFull sunSuitable for containersAttracts pollinators

8 packets/25 seeds per packet
Chervil Curled Apiaceae: Anthriscus cerefolium

This herb, similar to parsley, is a traditional ingredient in classic French cooking. Its leaves have a delicate licorice flavour when eaten raw. It grows well in containers and thrives in cool seasons.

EasyTolerates shadeSuitable for containers

4 packets/100 seeds per packet
Dill Bouquet Apiaceae: Anethum graveolens

This tall dill grows up to 36”/90cm tall and produces dark green ferny leaves and large cream-coloured flowering umbels. The seeds and leaves can be used for seasoning, while the flowers attract pollinators.

EasyFull sunAttracts pollinators

4 packets/20 seeds per packet
Lemon Balm Lemon balm Lamiaceae: Melissa officinalis

A highly vigourous plant, this herb has a distinct lemon scent and flavour, good for cooking or making tea. It is very attractive to bees. It also self-sows and spreads quickly, so it is ideally grown in containers.

EasyTolerates shadeSuitable for containersAttracts pollinatorsQuebec-origin seed

6 packets/25 seeds per packet
Lovage Lovage Apiaceae: Levisticum officinale

These very large, versatile plants has many uses. The leaves and roots, which have a flavour reminiscent of celery, are edible fresh or cooked, and the seeds can be used like fennel seeds. It also produces attractive yellow umbels.

EasyFull sun

4 packets/50 seeds per packet
Parsley Green Pearl Apiaceae: Petroselinum crispum

This parsley variety has dense, double curled leaves on strong stalks. It has a more mild flavour than most types of parsley, and is slow to bolt.

EasyTolerates shadeSuitable for containers

5 packets/50 seeds per packet

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Vegetables

Type Seed name Classification Description Packets
Beets Detroit Dark Red Amaranthaceae: Beta vulgaris

A very traditional beet, this variety produces uniform, medium sized dark red beets. The store well, and have a sweet flavour.

EasyTolerates shadeHeirloom seed

6 packet/35 seeds per packet
Cabbage Copenhagen Brassicaceae: Brassica oleracea

This summer-harvest cabbage matures early, ideal for short growing seasons. It stores very well and is excellent for salads and coleslaw.

ChallengingFull sunHeirloom seed

2 packets/25 seeds per packet
Cabbage Red Express Brassicaceae: Brassica oleracea

An early-maturing variety bred for Canada, this cabbage produces dense, medium-sized heads with deep purple leaves. Does well in cool weather.

ChallengingFull sun

12 packets/30 seeds per packet
Collard Greens Champion Brassicaceae: Brassica oleracea

Short, compact plants which are very cold-resistant. They produce dark green, thick leaves which are eaten cooked.

EasyFull sun

3 packets/25 seeds per packet
Corn Strawberry Popping Poaceae: Zea mays

This corn’s short, wide cobs resemble a large strawberry. Dark red with small kernels, they are a great ornamental, or they can be eaten as popcorn.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seedQuebec-origin seed

1 packet/50 seeds per packet
Ground Cherries Cossack Pineapple Solanaceae: Physalis pruinosa

These short, bushy plants produce an abundance of small yellow fruits with a thin papery husk. This variety has a flavour reminiscent of pineapple.

EasyFull sun

3 packets/15 seeds per packet
Kale Lacinato Brassicaceae: Brassica oleracea

Also known as dinosaur kale, this large kale variety grows up to 3’/1m tall, with long, elegant dark green leaves.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

5 packets/25 seeds per packet
Kale Lacinato Rainbow Brassicaceae: Brassica oleracea

A cross between the large heirloom Lacinato kale and the curly Redbor, this is a beautiful and colourful variety. It is highly cold tolerant and very productive.

EasyFull sun

5 packets/25 seeds per packet

Kohlrabi

Superschmeltz Brassicaceae: Brassica oleracea

A giant variety (up to 10 lb/4.5kg!), this kohlrabi needs a lot of space. Despite its size, it remains tender and delicious, and handles cold weather well.

EasyFull sun

2 packets/25 seeds per packet

Kohlrabi

White Vienna Brassicaceae: Brassica oleracea

This heirloom variety has pale green skin and white flesh, with a flavour reminiscent of cabbage. High yielding and cold-hardy.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

4 packets/20 seeds per packet
Mustard Greens Purple Wave Brassicaceae: Brassica juncea

Large, purple-tinged dark green leaves have a strong, spicy flavour, which mellows when cooked. Slow to bolt and cold-tolerant.

EasyTolerates shade

3 packets/40 seeds per packet
Mustard Greens Red Giant Brassicaceae: Brassica juncea

A giant Japanese mustard green, with big purple-red leaves. A strongly mustard-flavoured, spicy green, it is delicious cooked.

EasyTolerates shade

10 packets/45 seeds per packet
Mustard Greens Red Streaked Mild Brassicaceae: Brassica juncea

This frilly, deeply lobed mustard green is a beautiful dark reddish-purple. It has a peppery flavour, and is excellent as a micro green or baby green.

EasyTolerates shade

4 packets/45 seeds per packet
Pak Choi Ching Chiang Brassicaceae: Brassica rapa chinensis

An easy-to-grow, cool season plant, this variety grows to around 6”/15cm tall. Mild flavour and tender texture.

EasyTolerates shade

13 packets/50 seeds per packet
Peppers-Hot Black Hungarian Solanaceae: Capsicum annuum

Sturdy plants produce abundant amounts of peppers, which start out green, then shiny black, becoming red when fully mature. About the size and shape of a jalapeño, they are a mild hot pepper.

Moderately difficultFull sun

8 packets/15 seeds per packet
Radish Raxe Brassicaceae: Raphanus sativus

A large round red variety, this radish holds very well and resists becoming fibrous and woody. It prefers cool weather, and does not like to be crowded.

EasyFull sun

4 packets/50 seeds per packet
Rutabaga Laurentian Brassicaceae: Brassica napobrassica

A delicious root vegetable with purple and white skins, this variety is easy to grow and keeps well.

EasyFull sun

12 packets/65 seeds per packet
Salad Greens Tall Green Purslane Portulacaceae: Portulaca oleracea

A salad green related to wild purslane, this variety grows upright rather than trailing along the ground. The leaves are thick and succulent, and have a mild lemon flavour.

EasyFull sunSuitable for containers

12 packets/100 seeds per packet

Squash-Pumpkins

Small Sugar Pie Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita pepo

This heirloom pumpkin, dating from at least the early 19th century, is a reliable, productive variety. Pumpkins are around 6 lbs, with thick orange flesh. The perfect pie pumpkin.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

20 packets/10 seeds per packet

Squash-Pumpkins

Vif d’Etampes Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita maxima

Also called the Cinderella pumpkin, this French heirloom produces deep orange, lobed pumpkins weighing up to 35lbs/16kg. The plants send out lots of vines, so it needs a good deal of space.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

6 packets/10 seeds per packet

Squash-Summer

Benning’s Green Tint Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita pepo

Also known as a pattypan squash, this scallopini is light green and grows on smallish plants. They are best harvested when small, as that is when the flavour is at its best.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

1 packet/9 seeds per packet
Squash-Summer Early Crookneck Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita pepo

This delicious heirloom summer squash, native to North America, has a yellow skin and a swan-shaped neck. A bush-type plant, it is suitable for small gardens.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

2 packets/15 seeds per packet

Squash-Summer

Early Prolific Straightneck Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita pepo

Bushy plants produce large numbers of yellow, straight necked squash early in the season. Fruits taste best when harvested at 8”-9”/20-22cm long.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

10 packets/15 seeds per packet

Squash-Summer

Early White Scallop Squash Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita pepo

This ancient squash variety, native to North America, is a vigorous plant with lots of trailing vines. It needs lots of nutrients, but is easy to grow and highly prolific. The fruits are white and flat with scalloped edges, best harvested when still small.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

11 packets/12 seeds per packet
Squash-Winter Burgess Buttercup Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita maxima

This heirloom is a reliable producer, growing green turban-shaped fruits with pale yellow flesh. Tasty and sweet, these squashes keep moderately well.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

2 packets/15 seeds per packet

Squash-Winter

Delicata Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita pepo

This cream coloured, green striped squash has a thin skin and a delicate, mild flavour. The fruits store well.

EasyFull sun

20 packets/15 seeds per packet

Squash-Winter

Golden Hubbard Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita maxima

Teardrop-shaped orange fruits grow on tall, vigorous vines, which produce 3-5 squash per plant. When mature, they weigh up to 10lb/4.5kg. The flesh is dry and sweet, and the squashes store very well.

EasyFull sun

5 packets/12 seeds per packet

Squash-Winter

Guatemalan Blue Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita maxima

Native to South and Central America, this variety is believed to predate Old World contact. Vigorous vines produce elongated, grey-blue fruits with deep orange flesh that has a sweet, fruity flavour.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

2 packets/15 seeds per packet

Squash-Winter

Pink Banana Jumbo Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita maxima

This heirloom squash is oblong and grows up to 75lbs/34kg (although they’re best for eating when picked a bit before they get to full size) and makes delicious pies. This plant needs lots of room, and will produce 2-3 fruits per plant.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

8 packets/12 seeds per packet

Squash-Winter

Red Kuri Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita maxima

A Japanese variety, this teardrop-shaped squash grows to about 3lbs/1.4kg and matures early. The fruits have orange-red skin and nutty, pale yellow flesh.

EasyFull sun

2 packets/15 seeds per packet

Squash-Winter

Spaghetti Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita pepo

Well known for its spaghetti-like innards, this squash is pale yellow and around 10”/25cm long. The fruits keep for months.

EasyFull sun

10 packets/10 seeds per packet

Squash-Winter

Sweet Dumpling Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita pepo

These small, squat squashes weigh no more than .5lb/.2kg, perfect for a single serving. Highly productive, producing 8-10 fruits per plant, these squashes are delicious and keep well.

EasyFull sun

12 packets/10 seeds per packet

Squash-Winter

Table Queen Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita pepo

This acorn variety squash is a hardy, reliable heirloom, producing large yields of dark green, deeply ridged fruits, weighing no more than 3lbs/1.4kg. It has golden-yellow, sweet flesh, and keeps very well.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

20 packets/15 seeds per packet

Squash-Winter

Triamble Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita maxima

Also called a Shamrock squash, this unusual Australian heirloom is deeply lobed with grey-green skin. Growing to about 10lbs/4.5kg, they have sweet, smooth orange flesh.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

10 packets/15 seeds per packet

Squash-Winter

Turks Turban Cucurbitaceae: Cucurbita maxima

An heirloom from France, this unusually shaped squash is orange with green and white stripes. Each plant produces 3-4 squashes, which are good for stuffing or baking.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

6 packets/15 seeds per packet

Swiss Chard

Bright Lights Amaranthaceae: Beta vulgaris

This variety produces a wide assortment of colours: yellow, pink, red and white. The leaves are dark green, and have a more mild flavour than most chards.

EasyFull sun

7 packet/25 seeds per packet

Swiss Chard

Lucullus Amaranthaceae: Beta vulgaris

The most well-known Swiss chard variety, this chard is said to have the best taste. It can grow large, up to 22”/56cm high, with very large, savoyed leaves and white ribs.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

9 packets/20 seeds per packet

Swiss Chard

Ruby Red Amaranthaceae: Beta vulgaris

This beautiful chard adds wonderful colour to the garden and the table. It produces deeply savoyed, dark green leaves with bright red veins and stems.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

3 packets/25 seeds per packet
Tomatoes Indigo Rose Solanaceae: Solanum lycopersicum

These unique tomatoes start out green, but mature to a dark, nearly black purple with a strong flavour. Semi indeterminate variety.

Moderately difficultFull sun

31 packets/20 seeds per packet
Tomatoes Mac Pink Solanaceae: Solanum lycopersicum

Mac Campus’s own tomato! This determinate tomato was developed at the Macdonald Campus Farm. Early yielding, it produces large numbers of sweet pink tomatoes.

Moderately difficultFull sunHeirloom seedQuebec-origin seed

10 packets/20 seeds per packet
Tomatoes Wapsipinicon Peach Solanaceae: Solanum lycopersicum

An heirloom from the state of Iowa, this tomato is distinguished by its unusual skin, which is yellow and slightly fuzzy, just like a peach. It has a complex, sweet flavour.

Moderately difficultFull sunHeirloom seed

2 packets/17 seeds per packet

Tomatoes-Cherry

Sweetie Solanaceae: Lycopersicum esculentum

A sweet, juicy cherry tomato that grows in large clusters. Plants are tall, easy to grow and very productive throughout the summer.

EasyFull sunQuebec-origin seed

6 packets/15 seeds per packet

Tomatoes-Cherry

Tiny Tim Solanaceae: Lycopersicum esculentum

An incredibly productive cherry tomato. The dwarf plants are bred for container growing, and it can tolerate more shade than most tomato varieties. Very easy to grow and delicious.

EasyFull sunHeirloom seed

9 packets/20 seeds per packet

Tomatoes-Cherry

Yellow Bell Solanaceae: Solanum lycopersicum

Small, pear-shaped yellow tomatoes are easy to grow and productive. They make great snacks.

EasyFull sun

5 packets/20 seeds per packet
Turnips Golden Globe Brassicaceae: Brassica rapa

These pale gold turnips make a good fall or spring crop, as they prefer cool weather. In addition to the roots, the greens are also edible.

EasyFull sun

29 packets/25 seeds per packet
         

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