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					      2011
Full Circle Seeds
         P.O. Box 807
     Sooke, B.C. V9Z 1H8
        250-642-3671
   email: info@fullcircleseeds.com
  website: www.fullcircleseeds.com
Dear FellOw FarmerS anD GarDenerS
You will find among our seeds many heritage varieties selected by generations for their
excellent flavour and pest resistance. Also, you will find unusual varieties from Asia and
Europe – prized by chefs from our best restaurants. Most of our seeds are grown on ALM
Organic Farm on Vancouver Island, certified by Islands Organic Producers Association.
Occasionally, we get certified organic seed from another source but note in our catalog
when we do. We offer open-pollinated, untreated seeds grown without herbicides,
pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers.

 Open Pollinated means you can save the seed yourself and it will come true year after year.
 Locally Grown means this seed is from plants that have adapted themselves to our climate,
   soil conditions, and ecosystem. They are resistant to pests in our region.
 Certified Organic means the plants these seeds came from have been grown without any
   chemicals and are naturally healthy and robust.



Our mOSt exCitinG new SeeDS tHiS year
Bull’s blood beets – beet tops have dark leaves great for salad mix and beets are candy striped.
Pilgrim’s cabbage – Sturdy cold hardy plants with leaves similar to collards – from Portugal.
Sugar snap edible pod peas – tall 2 metre vines produce many sweet crunchy peas.
aji Colorado hot pepper – 5" spicy hot red peppers from Bolivia. Unique, pungent flavour.
Serrano hot pepper – Hotter than jalapenos. Mexican peppers eaten raw in salsas and
relishes.
Black forest kobacha winter squash – Dark green weighing 4-5 lbs with sweet orange flesh.
Costata romanesco summer squash – Italian heirloom zucchini that stays buttery even
when 12" long.
Black cherry tomato – A beautiful black great tasting cherry. Great producer.
Copia tomato – Sweet striped outstandingly beautiful beefsteak.
Stinging nettles – Eat like spinach in the spring. Dry for teas. Full of vitamins and minerals.
Clarkia – Easy to grow. Salmon, mauve, red, white, pink blossoms good for cutting.
Sweet williams – handsome long-lasting flowers great for cutting or massed in garden.

Feel free to ask us any questions you may have about our seeds. We offer a full guarantee on all
our seeds. We grow our own seed on our farm and have only limited quantities of some varieties.
You may want to phone or email to check on supply before ordering. Please note that although we
are certified organic in B.C., this certification is not in effect for the rest of Canada or the USA.

                                                        Mary Alice Johnson and Marika Nagasaka
                                                                  IOPA/COABC Certified Organic
                                                                             Farm number #401


          all regular Seed Packets are $3.50
                      (seed quantities are listed in the catalogue)
amarantH Amaranthus cruentus                                   Fresh Pole Beans
This red leaf amaranth is delicious and            Blue lake
highly nutritious. We put it in our salad          Dark green, round in cross section,
mix and it can be used as a steamed                stringless, firm, and straight. They have a
vegetable or in soups.                             mild and sweet and tender-crisp texture.
                                                   Heavy yields of long, attractive beans are
aruGula                                            easy to pick and early yielding.
Aromatic salad green important in French           FOrtex
and Italian cooking. It is also known as rocket,   Growing to over 11", Fortex has the longest
roquette, rugula, and rucola. The taste is         pole bean pods. Dark green, firm-textured
nutty and peppery at the same time.                round pods are completely stringless and
aruGula eruCa vesicaria, subsp. sativa             delicious at all lengths, even after the seeds
This is a slow bolt annual variety that is         get big. Many believe that Fortex is the
most often used in restaurants and in fine         highest quality green bean available.
cooking. Quick to germinate, easy to grow,         laZy HOuSewiFe
cold hardy. Self seeds. Pkt. 1/2 teaspoon or       Claimed to be the first completely stringless
1000 seeds.                                        bean, introduced around 1810. First
SylVetta wild arugula Diplotaxis tenuifolia        listed in W. Atlee Burpee’s 1888 catalog,
This cold hardy variety is a smaller, wilder       “We presume it derived its name, which
form of arugula which is heat tolerant.            seems discourteous, from its immense
The leaves are finely cut and the flavour          productiveness making it easy to gather...”
more peppery. Perennial. Self seeds.               One of the oldest documented beans, and
Pkt. 1/4 teaspoon or 2000 seeds.                   most productive. An ideal bean for the
                                                   home garden.
BeanS                                                              Dry Beans
When soil is warm, plant the seed about 1"
deep and 1-2" apart in the row. The rows           aPPalOOSa
should be about 2' apart. After the beans are      Beautiful tan and white beans, in a round
up, thin the plants to 3-4" apart. 45 seeds/pkt.   easy-to-shell pod. Best candidate for “good
                                                   old baked beans”. For soups and stew. Easy
              Fresh Bush Beans                     to grow, with upright plants and early
                                                   maturity.
maxiBel fresh filet bush
Extra long, 6" stringless filet bean. Extra        Canellini
slender, firm-textured, but still tender.          This is the authentic delicate white bean
Maxibel is the number one French filet             for the hearty minestrone soup made
type from France. Being stringless provides        famous in Tuscany, Italy. The large beans
for a longer harvest period. Tasty, disease        stay firm and whole when cooked. Plants
resistant.                                         are large and prolific.
                                                   nOrweGian
                                                   Caramel coloured bean with nutty flovour.
                                                   Early and prolific bush bean. Good baked
                                                   or in soup.
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    OrCa                                               BrOCCOli
    Known also as Staragorsky or Ying and
    Yang. A shelling haricot bean possibly from        PurPle SPrOutinG BrOCCOli
    Greece with beautiful half black and half          An overwintering broccoli which is
    white seeds. Great flavour. Early maturity.        extremely cold hardy. Planted in the late
                                                       summer to produce small, sweet purple
    Pawnee                                             flowering shoots the next spring. The tall
    Dappled brown splash on white seeds, like          plants produce many small side-shoots
    brown Jacob’s cattle. Retains pattern after        throughout the spring. We seed them in
    cooking. Nice baking bean.                         June or July. Pkt. 1/4 teaspoon or 260 seeds.
    yellOw eye                                         CaBBaGe
    The bean of choice for the “barn supper”.
    This mild tasting bean is plump, oval, and         January kinG
    medium-size, white with a yellow-brown             This is a hardy winter cabbage, not even
    figurine at the eye. A beautiful bush.             severe frost seems to bother it. The heads
                                                       are crisp and crunchy with good flavour
                     Broad Beans                       and excellent colour. A semi-savoyed
    Broad beans, sometimes called fava beans,          heirloom dating back to Victorian England.
    should be planted in late fall or early spring     Pkt. 1/4 teaspoon 250 seeds.
    for an early June harvest.
                                                       PilGrim’S CaBBaGe (new)
    5B’S CHOiCe                                        Not a cabbage but more like collard greens.
    Selected for size and number of beans per          Also called Portugal or Braganza/ Galician
    pod for 80 years, first by David Barton and        Cabbage, or 1000 leaf headless cabbage.
    then by Peter Robin who passed them on             Developed before the 17th century. Gifted
    to our farm. They have nine or more green          to Mary Alice in 2009 by Linda Dowling,
    beans in 12-14" pods. 30 seeds/pkt.                who received it from a friend who obtained
                     Runner Beans                      it during a pilgrimage from France to
                                                       Spain. Very sturdy, very cold hardy plant.
    BeSt OF all runner                                 Over wintered plants reached 5ft in height!
    An excellent Scarlet Runner. Gorgeous pole         Similar to collards, yet distinctly different
    bean with bright red flowers. Produces             (larger, thicker leaves and stem). Famous
    large flat pods of delicious snap beans,           for Caldo Verde soup.
    also good as a dry bean. 30 seeds/pkt.
                                                       CaPe GOOSeBerry
    BeetS                                              Also called Sweet Mollys, a tomato family
    Plant in light rich soil with a pH over 6.0. Sow   member bearing 2 to 3 cm sweet golden
    at 2 week intervals from April until late July.    orange fruit inside papery husks, 80 cm
    Sow 10-15 seeds per foot, 1/4" deep, in rows       plants are prolific and decorative. Fruits
    12-18" apart. Thin to 3" apart. Eat thinnings      are incredibly sweet and tangy and can be
    for tender greens. In this area beets can be       eaten raw, or made into preserves, pies and
    left in the ground under mulch for continuous      desserts. Plant as you would tomatoes.
    harvesting thoughout the cold months.              50 seeds/pkg.
    300 seeds/pkt.
                                                       CarrOtS
    Bull’S BlOOD BeetS (new)
    Deep burgundy leaves for salad mix.                Carrots grow best in light soil which is
    Heirloom variety produces beautiful                enriched the previous year with aged compost.
    dark red leaves to jazz up your salad mix.         Plant 1/2" deep and keep moist to germinate
    Roots show attractive candy striped zoning         which may take 3 weeks. Thin.
    when sliced.


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BerliCumer                                       COllarDS B. oleracea
Long and cylindrical red carrot with good
                                                 Famed for cold hardiness, these delicious
aromatic taste. We found this variety our
                                                 greens are high in iron, vitamins A and C,
best in trials for patio planting in the large
                                                 and anti-oxidants. Their sweet flavour
pot as well as a great carrot for the garden.
                                                 is heightened by fall frosts. Plant spring
Plant in early spring and again in July
                                                 through summer. Great in a salad mix.
to harvest from October throughout
                                                 Pkt. 1/2 teaspoon or 1000 seeds.
the winter.

CeleriaC                                         COrn
Celeriac needs a long cool growing period.       OlD FaSHiOneD Sweet
Start in early spring indoors and transplant     A bicolour, open-pollinated sweet corn. Early
out in May. Likes moist fertile soil. biennial   maturing, with strong germination in cool
                                                 soil. Developed by Johnny’s Seeds from a
Brilliant                                        yellow corn called Burnell that was grown in
In the same family as celery but grown for       Maine in the early 1900s and an early white
its large, white, round solid root, harvested    heirloom from New York’s St. Lawrence
in late summer and fall at 3-5" diameter.        Valley. Nice-sized, avg. 7" ears with 12-14
Great in soup, stew, shredded like carrots       rows of yellow and white kernels, some ears
for salads. This is an early European strain     with yellow kernels only. Excellent traditional
with white flavourful flesh, a chef’s delight.   corn taste. Vigorous 5' plants.
Pkt. 1 teaspoon or 200 seeds.                    3 tablespoons or 150 seeds/pkt.

CHarD                                            CreSS
Excellent cooked green. A good source of beta    CreSS, uPlanD Curly
carotene and vitamin C, calcium, and iron.       The best cress for the outdoor garden.
Provides quantities of fresh greens all season   6-8" rosettes of dark green, glossy, rounded
from one sowing. Easy to grow. Make sowings      leaves. Similar to watercress but much easier
early-late spring and again in mid-summer.       to grow. The plants are very slow to bolt and
                                                 long-standing. A wonderful, hot flavour.
FOrDHOOk CHarD                                   Great in salads. Self seeds.
Fordhook giant chard is a vigorous variety       Pkt. 1/2 teaspoon or 1000 seeds.
noted for its dark green deeply savoyed
leaves and thick white stems. Plants are tall    CreSS, BrOaDleaF
at 22-27" and extremely wide. More cold          Quick-growing plant has leaves that grow
hardy than other chards. Overwinters in a        about 7 cm long and 2 cm wide. Roughly
cool frame in our area. Pkt. 1 tablespoon or     oval in shape, the leaves are slightly lobed
200 seeds.                                       and wavy, making for a visually interesting
                                                 addition to salads. Leaves can be harvested
rHuBarB CHarD                                    repeatedly and have a slight bite similar to
Dark green leaf contrasts with ruby red stem     mustards. Self seeds.
in the summer. In winter the leaves turn
burgundy red. Pkt. 1 tablespoon or 200 seeds.    CuCumBer
ClaytOnia Miners’ Lettuce                        Plant when soil is warm 5" apart in rows 2' apart.
A beautiful, tasty, cold-hardy salad green.      lemOn CuCumBer
Quantities of delicate heart-shaped leaves,      Heirloom first introduced in 1894. Similar
each wrapped around a white-flowered             in size and appearance to a lemon, with
stem. Hardiest of the winter salad greens,       fruits that average 2" by 3". Very easy to
can be grown all winter in our climate.          digest with a crisp, clear taste and an edible
Self sows. Pkt. 1/2 teaspoon or 1000 seeds.      skin. Pick small and use them whole for
                                                 snacking in the garden or as a table treat.
                                                 A favourite of our local chefs. 30 seeds/pkt.
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    uminami Oriental CuCumBer                       kale
    A long crisp, crunchy non-bitter dark
                                                    Kale is very hardy and productive year
    green cucumber from the Uminami Farm
                                                    round. Use baby leaves in salad mix. Steam
    in Metchosin. Will grow to 2' without
                                                    larger leaves. Sweeter after a frost. Plant year
    becoming bitter. Tender skin. Holds on the
                                                    round. Self seeds. Pkt. 1/2 teaspoon/approx.
    vine for a long time. Trellis to keep fruit
                                                    1000 seeds.
    straight. 30 seeds/pkt.
                                                    DwarF Green Curly kale
    enDiVe Cichorium endivia                        Dark green, densely curled leaves. A
                                                    favourite with chefs because it stays
    alm FriSee                                      firm when cooked. Very winter hardy.
    This French endive forms a heart of             Introduced before 1865 and popular ever
    finely-cut, frilly leaves which are mild and    since, it is a dwarf variety producing an
    delicious. Compact (to 8") variety grows        abundance of tender and delicate leaves.
    well in a variety of soils. Endive prefers      It was once also known as ‘Dwarf Curlies’.
    cool growing conditions, similar to lettuce.
    The inner leaves are generally sweeter          laCinatO Or tuSCan kale
    than outer leaves. Has a great distinctive,     Heirloom known as Tuscan Black Cabbage
    slightly bitter taste. A good cool weather      in its native Italy, where it is prized for
    crop. Pkt. 1/2 teaspoon or 400 seeds.           soups and stews. Tall plants have savoyed,
                                                    dark blue-black leaves. Great taste, highly
    BianCa riCCia                                   nutritious and hardy.
    Member of the chicory family, great
    addition to a salad with its distinctive,       reD ruSSian kale
    slightly bitter taste. A good cool weather      Rich in vitamins and minerals. Red kale’s
    crop. The leaves are extra-cut and fringed, a   dark green oak-leaves colour up to red and
    unique light green colour with pink petiole.    purple after the fall frosts. The leaves are
    Relatively tolerant to heat and cold for        very tender compared to other kale varieties
    growing year-round. Plant as you would          and remain sweet even in the summer.
    lettuce. Pkt. 1/2 teaspoon or 400 seeds.
                                                    leekS
    Fennel                                          Sometimes called “the gourmet’s onion,” with
    Direct seed or transplant from spring to late   a more subtle taste than onions and easier to
    summer. Thin or transplant 9" apart into        digest. They are easier to grow, and provide
    fertile, well-drained soil. Harvest as the      a winter vegetable in our area. Traditionally
    base thickens.                                  sown indoors in February-March, and
                                                    transplanted when 8" tall, 6" apart, in rows
    ZeFa FinO BulBinG Fennel                        24" apart. They are harvested at almost any
    Delicious fresh anise flavour, specialty        stage for use, raw as baby leeks in salads, or
    European vegetable which is a favourite of      cooked in soups and sautees. They’re rarely
    our best local chefs. Bulbs are delicious raw   troubled by pests and diseases and are not
    or cooked. Put thin slices in salads. Braise,   finicky about soil fertility and transplanting.
    grill or roast. 1 teaspoon or 220 seeds/pkt.    Pkt. 1/2 teaspoon or 300 seeds.

    GOBO                                            St. ViCtOr’S
    Popular root vegetable in Japan. Slender,       New strain selected from ‘Bleu de Solaise’.
    smooth-skinned roots up to 40" long have        Stores well in the ground, and foliage turns
    a delightful oyster-like flavour similar to     to deep violet as cold increases. A beautiful
    salsify, but stronger. Delicious steamed        glowing purple-blue French winter variety
    with carrots and added to hot broth.            that can be harvested until spring. It also
    Powerful blood purifier. Plant March to         makes a good ornamental border.
    June in deeply dug bed. Harvest in winter.
    Biennial 50 seeds/pkt.

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unique                                           COwliCk green leaf
This is a prize-winning leek recommended         Leaf lettuce from Czechoslovakia with a
by Linda Gilkeson, author of Year-Around         unique look. Frilly, wavy, pointed leaves
Harvest. It is the largest most cold hardy       that twist off in all different directions.
leek we have grown yet.                          Sweet and succulent.

lettuCe                                          Dark lOlla rOSSa red leaf
                                                 Heavily frilled green leaves with dark red
Lettuce needs moisture, light and                edges are essential in salad mix, providing
temperatures above 35°F or 5°C to germinate.     loft, texture, and colour. More compact
Does not germinate well at high temperatures.    and slower growing than other lettuce
Pkt. 1/2 teaspoon or approx. 250 seeds.          types. Nice for garnishes. Much darker
arCtiC kinG butterhead                           red than regular Lollo Rossa. Stays red
Plant produces flavourful butterhead type        even in summer.
lettuce. This variety withstands the winters     Deer tOnGue leaf
with minimal cover. Plant in August and          Heirloom bibb type lettuce. Attractive
September and harvest February through           smooth tongue-shaped outer leaves. Slow to
May. Very reliable! Suitable for greenhouse.     bolt and taste stays mild. Slightly crinkle-
aSHBrOOk leaf                                    edged sweet and tender triangular green
Unusual medium-green serrated leaves             leaves grow in a rosette around a loose head.
resembling frisee endive, but with a sweet       Reliable, tolerant of heat and cold.
mild flavour. A novelty in our lettuce trials.   De mOrGeS Braun leaf
Produces an upright, small loose head            Strong radiant, upright leaf lettuce with
when mature. A favourite for summer              beautiful rounded leaves that are tinged
salad mix.                                       pink in spring and change to light green in
BereniCe green oakleaf                           summer. Tender and sweet. Rare heirloom.
Dense, compact heads with long, narrow,          Best grown spring/fall/winter.
dark green oak leaves. Slow bolting and          Drunken wOman leaf
tolerant to mosaic virus. For spring,            Gorgeous bright green leaves with ruffled
summer and fall production.                      almost fringed edges in deep bronze. Tall
BlaCk SeeDeD SimPSOn leaf                        head with long, very crinkled leaves. Crisp
Heirloom. One of the earliest lettuces,          texture, very beautiful with sweet taste. Slow
maturing in about 45 days. Light green,          to bolt.
crinkly, juicy and especially tasty. Our         GaliSSe leaf
variety of Simpson is extra-slow bolting.        Looseleaf type with smaller, more compact
Also good planted for fall harvest.              heads than Salad Bowl. Good taste even
BrOnZe GuarD red oakleaf                         when past optimum maturity. Leaves are
Large, heavy, upright trumpet-shaped             light green. Spring or fall crops as well
heads are made of delicate, lobed, dark          as summers in northern, cooler areas. Mary
green leaves with a rusty red overlay. Slow      Alice’s favourite this year. Great in salad mix.
bolting. The best of the red arrowhead           iBiS leaf
type. Good for head lettuce and cut and          Deep, dark purple-red, shiny leaves. Very
come again.                                      ruffled and savoyed. Holds rich, sweet flavour
CimmarOn red romaine                             well into warm weather. Rare.
The sweetest tasting red romaine with            iCe queen crisphead
soft leaves that melt in your mouth. Green       (Heirloom) Known in French as “Reine
veins with maroon edges.                         des Glaces”. Slow-bolting variety, ideal for
                                                 summer plantings. It has deeply cut pointed
                                                 lacy leaves with wild-looking spikes on the
                                                 outer wrapper leaves that are thought to
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    resemble a crown. Stays crisp even on hot        PaBlO crisphead
    days. Use as a leaf lettuce after heads are      Loose heads form beautiful upright
    cut. Medium to dark-green leaves have a          rosettes that look almost like flowers.
    royal flavour and fulsome texture.               Wavy-edged flat leaves are extremely wide,
                                                     sometimes encircling half the head. Good
    JeBOuSek leaf                                    texture, excellent mild flavour.
    Spiral of vibrant green arrow-tipped leaves.
    Very beautiful. Succulent, crunchy and           reD SalaD BOwl reD Oak
    sweet. Old Czech variety from “someone’s         A wine red version of Saladbowl. Highly
    Grandpa” years ago, the seed was passed          lobed, delicate oak-like leaves form a full
    on to Abundant Life Seed Foundation by           rosette. Holds sweet for a long time.
    the Jebousek family to keep it going. Rare.
                                                     reD VelVet looseleaf
    JeriCHO romaine                                  Tops of leaves are solid reddish maroon,
    Bred in the hot desert of Israel, this robust,   and the backs are green tinged with
    bolt-resistant variety stays sweet and crisp     maroon. A loosely formed head with soft,
    in hot weather. Very large, medium green,        elongated leaves. Heads are slow to bolt.
    dense heads.                                     Pleasant, chewy texture.
    leS OreilleS Du DiaBle leaf                      rOSSa D’amerique leaf
    Ear of the devil. This lettuce is the real       Pale green leaf with sparkling rosy red
    workhorse of ALM Farm. Excellent for             coloured edges. This Italian specialty
    cutting for salad mix. Burgundy, starlike,       will form loose head or may be used as
    pinwheel rosettes. Stunning glossy leaves.       a cutting lettuce.
    Oily, nutty flavour. Slow to bolt and also
    cold hardy. Rare heirloom.                       rOuGe De GrenOBle leaf
                                                     The shiny, wine red leaves fairly glisten in
    merlOt red leaf                                  the sunshine. This vigorous spring lettuce
    Striking colour, the darkest red burgundy        is resistant to adverse conditions. It can be
    in our garden. Like a good red wine – dark       cut young as part of a salad mix or left to
    and deep. A loose leaf cutting lettuce that      head up.
    is slow bolting and well suited to cut and
    come again mesclun culture. Cold tolerant.       ruBy reD
                                                     A heat resistant leaf lettuce. Red leaved
    OakleaF PurPle leaf                              variety mixed red and green leaves with
    Vigorous plants with beautiful purple            delicious flavour for pretty salads all season
    leaves shaped like oak leaves with crinkled      long. Forms a large juicy head.
    edges and savoyed in the middle. Good
    tasting and beautiful in a salad mix. Rare.      SunFire Oak reD Oak
                                                     Bred specially for salad mix, Sunfire
    OlGa green romaine                               has a narrow, branching oakleaf shape
    65 days. A gourmet European Romaine-             and interesting colour pattern. Medium
    type lettuce. It has unusual leaf texture,       green leaves have red and green veining
    is less crunchy, and is sweeter than other       underneath a red surface blush. Although
    Romaine types. Olga has light green              narrow in form, the leaves are thick providing
    leaves, forming a loose head with excellent      good weight, texture and shelf life.
    flavour. Holds flavour well without going
    bitter in the heat. Its appearance makes an      Sweet Valentine romaine
    outstanding salad. Great year round.             This is the sweetest flavoured lettuce we
                                                     offer. The heads hold long into the heat
    OutreDGeOuS red romaine                          without bolting. The extremely deep red
    Totally bright red. Outstanding colour.          leaves are slightly smaller than other cos
    Long, deep shiny red leaves with green           varieties. They are slightly savoyed, a great
    veins and ruffled edges. Heads are big, tall     lettuce for salad mixes.
    and beautiful. Good taste.

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tanGO leaf                                      maCHe Or COrn SalaD
Deep green, heavily savoyed rosettes
                                                Gourmet salad item for cool or mild
look great in the salad bowl. Its leaves are
                                                weather and winter greenhouse. Northern
frilly, crisp and densely ruffled. As well as
                                                European favourite. Sow in fall for over
forming beautiful compact heads, this type
                                                wintering or in spring for a late spring
of lettuce will resprout vigorously from a
                                                crop. Self-seeds.
cut stem without loss of leaf quality. One
of our most vigorous lettuces, good for
early and late season planting.                 maGenta SPreen
                                                A remarkable variety of lamb’s quarter
tOmaHawk leaf                                   with brilliant magenta colouring on the
Heirloom. Crisp, smooth, thick, ruffled         young leaves. A dramatic addition to salads.
green leaves have pink and bronze blush/        Young tender plants have a pleasant
slow to bolt. Rare.                             delicate flavour. Easy to grow. Self-seeds.
trOCaDerO butterhead                            Plant early spring through summer.
Also called Laithue Lorthois. Nice, pale        Pkt. 1/2 teaspoon or 1000 seeds.
green, tight bunches of mellow, slightly oily
tasting leaves. A good summer lettuce that      minutina Plantago coronopus
also does well in winter coldframes. Rare.      Also known as Buck-horn Plaintain or
                                                Erba Stella, minutina is a unique, cold-
yuGOSlaVian reD butterhead                      weather salad green prized in Italy for its
Loose, large head, 12" wide with red outer      mild nutty flavour and crunchy texture.
leaves and green to white inner leaves.         Resembling a narrow mizuna, it develops
Excellent mild flavour and nice texture.        into a small plant with a delicate rosette of
Rare heirloom. Cutting the head in half         slender green leaves. Sow directly outside
exposes solid-green interior leaves and a       in early spring as soon as the ground can
centre that is almost white. Bulk available.    be worked or in the fall. Harvest young and
Similar and perhaps more cold hardy than
                                                tender when it is about 5" long. Cold hardy.
Marvel of Four Seasons.
                                                Pkt. 1/8 teaspoon or 500 seeds.

lettuCe BlenD                                   muStarDS
all weatHer lettuCe BlenD                       All mustards have 1/2 teaspoon/1000 seeds/pkt.
A blend of our best salad-mix lettuces.
This mix includes round and frilly leaved       mixeD muStarDS
lettuces as well as a mix of red, dark and      A blend of over 8 mustards including
light green and rosy colours. For a straight    mizuna, purple osaka, ruby streaks.
high-interest lettuce.                          Highly nutritious and delicious. Eat
                                                greens in salads when young and cooked
COOl weatHer lettuCe BlenD                      when mature. Flowers are great in salads.
A blend of our best cold hardy salad-mix        Plant in early March and again in late
lettuces. Will over-winter in a cold frame      July/August for fall and winter harvest.
(seed Aug – mid Sept) and also great for        Extremely winter hardy. Easy to grow.
early spring transplants. Use bottom heat       Self-seed readily.
(15ºC) to get seed to germinate in cold
weather; seed needs light to germinate.         ellen’S HOt Frilly muStarD
This blend has 15+ varieties!!                  A very hot spicy mustard with bright green
                                                frilly leaves. Great in salads or cooked.
HOt weatHer lettuCe BlenD
A blend of our most heat resistant lettuces.    kOButakana
All slow to bolt. This blend has 15+            Very sweet mustard from Japan. Grows
varieties!!                                     well year round. Dark vitamin-rich leaves.
                                                Great in salad mix and as braising greens.


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    OSaka PurPle muStarD Brassica juncea                garden. The tender edible pods can be
    Osaka mustard has beautiful purplish                5" long. Produces all summer. Wilt and
    leaves with a mild but pungent flavour.             enation mosaic virus resistant. Plant
    Plant early spring through late summer,             March to September.
    for year-round harvest.
                                                        maxiGOlt, BuSH SHellinG Pea
    ruBy StreakS Brassica juncea                        Delicious, high yield. Outstanding late
    New salad green. Excellent frilly dark              variety with large, sweet, dark green peas.
    purple leaves, finely serrated like Mizuna.         Attractive, broad, 3½" pods. The vines avg.
    The colour ranges from dark green with              3½-4' for growing with or without support.
    red veins to dark purple. The flavour is
    sweet and slightly pungent. Also good               SuGar SnaP eDiBle POD POle PeaS
    as a braising green.                                The original sugar snap pea! Also called
                                                        mange tout. The long growing vines can
    tatSOi Brassica rapa                                reach up to 1 metre or 6 feet and need
    This beautiful dark green, very mild                support. The 2½ to 3½ inch crunchy pods
    spinach-like Japanese mustard is easy to            are excellent for eating cooked or raw. A
    grow. It has glossy spoon-shaped dark               very good producer that freezes well! Can
    green leaves which form perfect rosettes.           be planted in January in an unheated
    Good in salads, stir fried, or steamed.             greenhouse or outside as soon as the soil
    Grow all year. Seed in early spring and             temperature reaches 10 degrees C. 65 days.
    throughout the year.
                                                        tall telePHOne (alDerman)
    OraCH Atriplex hortensis                            POle SHellinG PeaS
                                                        Heirloom, 6' or taller vines produce lots
    Orach is related to Lamb’s Quarters and             of late developing shelling peas. A well
    spinach. Its rounded leaves are stunning in         flavoured late main crop variety with large
    a salad and it is used in pasta in Italy. It is a   pods. Favoured as an old-time pea, grown
    warm weather crop. Self seeds.                      since 1885. Resistant to wilt.
    reD anD PurPle OraCH
    This is a mix of the brightest red colour we        PePPerS
    have seen and a purple orach.                       Start plants indoors 6-8 weeks before last
                                                        frost date. When sprouted with second set of
    ParSniPS                                            true leaves transplant to 3" pots. Harden off
    For fall and winter harvest, plant 5 cm apart       before transplanting. Peppers are real heat
    in early June in the Pacific Northwest area.        lovers. Benefit from mulching. 25 seeds/pkt.
    Thin to 10 cm. 1 tablespoon or 400+ seeds/pkt.                         Sweet
    HalOeD CrOwn                                        antHOni rOmania yellow and red
    This is a cross between Hollow Crown and            Medium-tall very productive plant from
    Gladiator made by Denis Hoddinott of                Romania. Beautiful 4" x 2" tapered, pointed
    Stone Glen Farm on Salt Spring. We found            yellow fruit are produced early. They ripen
    it better than many hybrids.                        to red. Romanians fry them in a skillet to
                                                        bring out the flavour.
    PeaS
    Plant as soon as ground can be worked in early      ariane orange bell
    spring, as early as February in the Pacific         A big blocky pepper 4" to 5" long and
    Northwest area. Pkt. 2 tablespoons or 70 seeds.     almost as wide, changing from medium
                                                        green to vivid orange. Each sturdy plant
    Jim’S OreGOn Giant eDiBle POD                       yields a plentiful harvest of uniform, three
    An outstanding very large, juicy pea which          to four lobed, persimmon-orange peppers.
    grows on 6' tall vines. Brought to our farm         The thick flesh is crunchy and spicy-sweet,
    by Johanna Stiver from Jim Cherrington’s            making it a natural for the grill or stir-fry.

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liPStiCk red                                     The jaunty colour is great for hot pepper
Shiny, smooth, most delicious sweet              jelly. Plants are 18" tall. Fruits grow in big
pepper. Four inches long, fruits taper to a      clusters close to the main stem.
blunt point and ripen to a glossy, rich red.
Thick and juicy. Dependably early heavy          HOt aPPle Or alma PaPrika
yields, even in a cool summer season.            A beautiful 2", circular pepper somewhat
                                                 resembling an apple. Originally from
reD ruFFleS red                                  Hungary, the Hot Apple pepper has a nice
A favourite sweet pimiento with thick,           flavour and thick, crunchy flesh. Medium-
juicy walls. Great for fresh eating, this        hot. Plant is about 30cm tall and carries
plant produces clusters of peppers,              fruit at top. Fruit begins white and turns
8-10 per plant. Fruits are oval, with            rosy red.
ridges, similar to a pumpkin’s shape.
                                                 JalaPenO
Sweet PePPer COlleCtiOn                          Well known 3" fat juicy hot pepper used
Our four favourite sweet peppers: Lipstick       for jalapeno poppers, in salsas and other
(red, long, and thick-wall), Red Ruffles (red,   Mexican cooking. Sets fruit sooner than
rumpled and round), and Ariane (orange,          most other hot peppers. Use green or wait
super sweet, bell-shaped) and Tequila            until they turn red and are at their hottest.
Sunrise (orange, firm crunchy).                  This is a particularly hot variety of jalapeno.

tequila SunriSe orange Capsicum annuum           maule’S reD HOt CHili
Beautiful and tasty peppers on sturdy            Capsicum frutescens
plants, 12-16" tall by 12" wide. Carrot-         Chili Heat Level 7+. This hot chili is ideally
shaped fruits, 4-5" long and 1" at shoulder.     suited for making chili sauce and using
Fruits ripen from deep green to golden           fresh or in a chili con carne where lots of
orange. Firm crunchy flesh with sweet,           chili flavour is needed. Produces lots of 6"
slightly sharp flavour when ripe. 60-78          to 8" fruits.
days from transplant.
                                                 mulatO       Capsicum annuum
                    Hot                          This pepper has an amazing smoky flavour.
                                                 Great for drying and turning into a rub. They
aJi COlOraDO         Capiscum baccatum           are a mild, purple pepper with a deep, fruity
Rare plant produces good yields of 5" long       background – lots of flavour and very little
by 1" wide hot peppers which are spicy           heat. Also great for chile rellenos.
hot and turn from green to shiny orange-
red when mature. From La Paz, Bolivia.           PaDrOn Capsicum annuum
Unique, pungent flavour.                         Small green peppers Mary brought home
                                                 from Portugal. They are served fried with
anaHeim, numex JOe e. Parker                     olive oil and coarse salt. Most taste sweet and
Medium-tall productive plant; uniform,           mild, though some are particularly hot and
6-8" x 2" fruits ripen to mahogany to red,       spicy. We have loved eating this dish with
but are usually eaten green. Southwest           beer at the end of a long day. Good producers.
favourite for stuffing (chile rellenos),
grilling and roasting. The flesh is thick and    SerranO       Capsicum annuum
crisp with a delicious mild heat and richly      Common hot pepper from Mexico, used
satisfying chile flavour.                        green pickled, in salsas and for fresh eating.
                                                 Thick walled, crisp and juicy, when red ripe
BulGarian HOt CarrOt                             smoked for chipotle peppers. Prolific and
Capsicum annuum                                  easy to grow.
An heirloom from Bulgaria called Shipkas.
The 3" to 4" bright orange beauties are          SOme like it HOt!
quite hot but with a fruitiness to the           A collection of our hot peppers including
pungency that makes them delicious for           Bulgarian Hot Carrot, Mulato, Maule’s Hot
chutneys, marinades, pickles and salsas.         Red, Padron, Anaheim, and others.

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     PurSlane                                        Sukiyaki in Japan. They add a meaty taste
                                                     to stir fry. Use flowers and young leaves in
     Sow after May in full sun. Germinates in 10     salad or as a garnish. Sow March through
     days. Annual. Needs heat to germinate. Self     July. Holds up in cool weather. Self seeds.
     seeds. Can be transplated.                      Pkt. 1/2 teaspoon or 300 seeds.
     GOlDen PurSlane
     A very attractive form of Purslane with         SPinaCH
     large, yellowish slightly tangy leaves          Giant winter
     particularly attractive in salads. Rich in      A very hardy plant, with broad, intense
     vitamin C and the highest known plant           green leaves on plant with spreading habit.
     source of omega-3 fatty acid. Upright           True to its name, it is a special spinach for
     stature makes for easy harvest. It loves        late summer or fall seeding for crop in early
     hot weather. 1/4 teaspoon or 800 seeds/pk.      spring. Also does well with early spring
                                                     sowing. Harvest in 4-10 weeks if sown in
     raDiCCHiO                                       early spring. Self seeds. Pkt. 1 teaspoon or
                                                     200 seeds.
     Palla rOSSa SPeCial
     A reliable variety which forms a gorgeous,      new ZealanD SPinaCH Tetragonia
     firm, round, dark-red and white heads.          New Zealand Spinach is a warm weather
     Its unique, bitter taste adds colour and        crop, not related to true spinach but the
     crisp texture to salads. Also great on the      leaves taste similar to, and some think
     barbeque or roasted. A cool weather crop        better than, spinach. It does not bolt in hot
     but this variety also does well in summer.      weather nor does it typically turn bitter.
     1/2 teaspoon or 400 seeds/pkt.                  Valued for its high vitamin C content.
                                                     It tends to have a low germination rate,
     SalaD BlenDS                                    taking a couple of weeks to get going. Soak
     all SeaSOn BlenD                                seeds in warm water before sowing. Keep
     A beautiful mix of leaf form and colour         soil moist until germination occurs. Self
     from our collection of lettuces, mustards,      seeds. Pkt. 2 tablespoons or 180 seeds.
     chicories, chards, kales, red orach, arugula,
     shungiku, cress, mizuna and shungiku.           SquaSH, Summer
     Plant in rows. Thin as they mature, using       We start our first succession of squash indoors
     the thinnings in your salad, and then           in mid-April and transplant them in May when
     harvest tender young leaves from the            danger of frost has passed, covering them with
     crown of each plant. Replant as the patches     floating row cover while the nights are still cool.
     age. Pkt. 1 teaspoon or 1000 seeds.             You can also direct seed them when the weather
                                                     is good. Plant them every 3' or 1 metre. They
     COOl weatHer SalaD BlenD                        like rich soil, so add compost to the hole.
     A mix of salad greens that thrive in cool       Harvest often when young and tender.
     weather including claytonia, mache,
     chervil, many kinds of mustards, and our        COStata rOmaneSCO
     cool weather lettuces. Plant from August        ZuCCHini C. pepo
     to September and early spring.                  A wonderful heirloom zucchini from Italy.
                                                     Tender and buttery even when 12" long. A
     HOt weatHer SalaD BlenD
                                                     favourite with our chefs. Bi-coloured and
     A mix of salad greens that thrive in hot
                                                     ridged. Great producer. Large flowers.
     weather. Plant from late May through
                                                     20 seeds/pkt.
     August.

     SHunGiku Edible Chrysanthemum                   SquaSH, winter
                                                     We start our winter squash indoors in mid-
     Yellow and white daisy-like flower with
                                                     April and transplant them in May when
     multiple petals. Young leaves are used in
                                                     danger of frost has passed, covering them

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with floating row cover while the nights are               Cherry or small size
still cool. You can also direct seed them when
the weather is good. Plant them every 3' or      CHerry tOmatO mix
1 metre. They like rich soil, so add compost     A mix of red, white, yellow, black, pink,
to the hole. Harvest before a hard frost when    and green tomatoes – some pear or olive
you can no longer put your fingernail into the   shaped, most round.
stem. Cure them in a warm spot for a couple
weeks and then keep them dry in storage.
                                                 BlaCk CHerry (new)
                                                 A beautiful, very productive dark cherry
queenSlanD Blue C. maxima                        that is almost black. Great taste. Tall vines
100 days. This 10 to 20 lb. blue squash          that produce long trusses of fruit. 65 days.
from Australia is a favourite with our chefs.
Beautiful blue turban-shaped fruit, deeply
                                                 BlaCk anD wHite CHerry COmBO
                                                 A mix of both varieties.
ribbed. Very fine, deep orange flesh that
is sweet and fine flavoured. An excellent        BlaCk Plum
keeper. 20 seeds/pkt.                            This prolific black heirloom tomato from
                                                 Russia can reach 8' tall. Loaded with
BlaCk FOreSt C. maxima (new)
                                                 clusters of 2" plum shaped, reddish brown
A dark green, flat-round kabocha type
                                                 fruits with green shoulders. Seems to be
winter squash, averaging 3-4 lb. The deep
                                                 blight resistant and lasts well into the fall
orange flesh is medium dry and sweet.
                                                 when other varieties give out.
It’s popular for its strong yet sweet flavour
and moist, fluffy texture, which is like         Galina
chestnuts. Avg. yield: 4-5 fruits/plant.         A gold cherry larger than gold nugget and
15 seeds/pkt.                                    long keeping. Very tasty. The last tomatoes
                                                 to succumb to the cold.
tOmatillO
A fruit used in Indian and Mexican               Green GraPe
cooking, particularly in salsa verde.            A wonderful tasting 1" cherry tomato
Although tomatillos are grown like               shaped like a grape, grows in clusters. It
tomatoes, they are easier and more hardy.        is green with yellow highlights when it is
Start them indoors early, transplant             fully ripe. Determinate plants good for
outdoors after frost danger. The plants          patio planting. Some resistance to blight.
should be spaced 2-3' apart. Harvest when        PrinCiPe BOrGHeSe small paste
paper husk loosens and fruit turns from          Heirloom very popular in Italy. Fruit are
green to yellow.                                 1 to 2 oz. and very meaty. An ideal variety
                                                 for drying with low moisture and few
tOmatOeS                                         seeds, maintaining colour and flavour well.
All our tomatoes are indeterminate and need      Plants produce heavy yields of small, red
staking unless noted otherwise. Determinate      plum-shaped fruits. Determinate growth
tomatoes make very good patio tomatoes           and good as a patio tomato.
because their growth is naturally more
                                                 reD Pear
contained. In our area, start tomatoes mid-
                                                 Small 1" pear-shaped fruits borne in
March indoors. Plant into a greenhouse or
                                                 clusters. Sweet and juicy, ideal for
covered space in April or outdoors in early
                                                 appetizers or salad. Heirloom.
May. 25 seeds/pkt.
                                                 Sweetie
HeritaGe tOmatO mix
                                                 A firm red round crack-resistant cherry
A mix of heirloom tomatoes including
                                                 tomato known for its sweetness.
black, yellow, marbled, white, red, orange
tomatoes of various sizes, textures, shapes      tina’S De CaBO
and flavours.                                    Tina Fraser Baynes developed this crunchy
                                                 flavourful cherry tomato by stablizing a
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     hybrid that appealed to her. She graciously       Very tasty flesh with a meaty core – the
     has given it to our farm to offer to you. It is   tomatoes yielded are blemish free and are
     perhaps our favourite cherry tomato.              not subject to cracking.
     tumBlinG tOm                                      manyel mOOnS
     A yellow cherry perfect for a patio planter       Mild, juicy round yellow fruit that weigh
     because the plant stays small but produces        about a quarter pound. They ripen to a
     and abundance of tasty yellow cherry              clear yellow, not gold, colour. Produces
     tomatoes. Determinate.                            an abundance of fruit.
     wHite CHerry                                      matina
     Pale yellow fruits, 1¼" in diameter, with a       Heirloom. A tried-and-true red from
     good, mild taste. Plants are compact and          Germany. Early fruiting with the flavour of
     easy to pick. Great in a basket with orange       a beefsteak. Huge plants resistant to early
     and red cherry tomatoes.                          blight. Potato leaf. Globular red, quarter-
                                                       pound fruits are borne in large clusters and
     yellOw Pear                                       are free from green shoulders.
     Heirloom. Charming little lemon yellow
     pear-shaped minis. The sunny yellow fruits        nyaGOuS
     are borne in heavy clusters on tall vigorous      Great black tomato that is blemish-free!
     vines that want to climb. Mild flavour and        Baseball-sized fruits are borne in clusters
     special eye appeal.                               of up to six fruits, very productive. Excellent
                                                       full flavour. Great for markets. 80 days
     yellOw anD reD Pear COmBO                         from transplant.
     A mix of both varieties.
                                                       PineaPPle FOG
               Mid-Size Tomatoes                       Absolutely gorgeous tomato about 2"
                                                       across. It is almost translucent with a
     miD-SiZe tOmatO mix                               glow about it. Round to angular, slightly
     A mix of black, yellow, green striped, red,
                                                       flattened tomatoes with golden yellow skin
     and orange golf ball to tennis ball size.
                                                       showing some orange-red blushing. Came
     BlaCk krim                                        from a cross between Pineapple and San
     Fruits are a dark, deep red – almost a shiny      Francisco Fog. It is firm with thick outer
     black – with heavy green shoulders. Inside,       flesh. We got this tomato from the Salt
     the fruits are a deep, reddish-green colour.      Spring Seed Sanctuary.
     Sweet and tasty. An early tomato.
                                                       reD ZeBra
     FlammÉ                                            Beautiful red tennis ball sized tomato with
     Beautiful salad tomato, very juicy, a good,       gold and green stripes and a lovely tangy
     sweet flavour with fruity overtones.              real tomato taste.
     About the size of a golf ball and a lovely
                                                       SPeCkleD rOman
     persimmon orange colour both inside and
                                                       You won’t ever see another Italian paste
     out. Extremely productive French heirloom.
                                                       type tomato like this one! Stunning and
     Green ZeBra                                       unique, long pointed red fruit have wavy
     The most unusual variety you’ll ever grow!        golden stripes! A mid-size fruit, very meaty
     Fully ripe fruits are bright green, with yellow   flesh with sweet flavour. Has few seeds.
     stripes. Round, smallish fruits have excellent,
                                                       StuPiCe
     “real tomato” flavour. Vigorous plants.
                                                       Extra early, cold tolerant medium
     JaPaneSe BlaCk triFele                            sized red tomato. High yielding with a
     Russian origin. This short potato leaf plant      wonderful, low acid taste. Our favourite
     yields prolific quantities of 6 oz. fruit that    for drying. Indeterminate. Heirloom from
     looks like a beautiful mahogany-coloured          Czechoslovakia.
     Bartlett pear with greenish shoulders.
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yellOw PeaCH                                   of fruit. Best staked or caged. It has
Known as Peach tomato because of its           a potato-like leaf. Mid-season.
buffed smooth, furry skin, these wonderful
heirlooms are packed with flavour and          CHerOkee CHOCOlate
just the right size for garden munching or     Very large 3-5" beautiful chocolate-
salads. Absolutely unique in appearance        coloured tomato. Very dependable
with flavour to match. Semi-determinate.       producer of blemish-free flavourful
                                               fruit mid through late season.
    Beefsteak or Large Tomatoes                COPia (new)
BeeFSteak tOmatO mix                           These very beautiful tomatoes are a
A mix of pink, black, yellow, marbled,         stunning combination of fine-lined golden
white, red, orange and green beefsteaks.       yellow and red stripes. While visually
                                               exciting, the real treat comes when you cut
aker’S weSt VirGinia                           them open. Their gold flesh is streaked with
A very pretty, large 1 pounder. Large,         red and is very juicy, flavourful, and sweet.
vigorous plants produce big harvests of        A stabilized cross between Green Zebra
delicious red smooth tomatoes with little      and Marvel Stripe, these tomatoes weigh
cracking or other blemishes. A treasured       about one pound each. They were named
family heirloom with sweet, rich flavour.      in honor of Copia, the American Center for
                                               Food, Wine and the Arts, in Napa California.
anDrew raHart JumBO reD                        Indeterminate. 85 days. Late season.
One of the most delicious reds. Brilliant,
scarlet beefsteaks, 1-2 lbs. Very meaty and    nePal
brimming with rich robust flavour. Very        Originally from Farmers Seed Co., from
productive.                                    India’s Himalaya Mountains. Big sprawling
                                               plant producing abundant crop of 6-10 oz.,
anna ruSSian                                   smooth, round, scarlet-red fruits with little
Handed down through several generations        cracking and intense sweet tomato flavour.
from a Russian immigrant. Large, juicy,        Matures earlier than most large fruited
pinkish-red, heart shaped tomatoes,            types (80 days). Disease resistant.
weighing around 1 lb. This high yielding
tomato has sweet, juicy flesh and superb       neVeS aZOrean reD
flavour.                                       Large red beefsteak. Juicy with great taste.
                                               Mid-season.
arDwyna paste
Huge red paste tomato excellent for            OranGe StrawBerry
cooking or drying because they are low         Heirloom. A big heart-shaped orange fruit
in juice and high in pulp. They are early      which grows on vigorous vines. The fruit
maturing, very productive and blight           sometimes weigh over a pound but they do
resistant. These 4-5" tomatoes, weighing       not get green shoulders or blemishes on
up to 1 lb. each, are smooth cylindrical and   their tops. They are very firm and meaty.
taper gradually to a point. Bulk available.    Easy to slice – a favourite at our market
                                               because of their great taste.
aunt ruBy’S German Green
Not a pretty tomato but our best-tasting       Paul rOBeSOn BlaCk
tomato. Very large plant produces large,       A curvaceous black tomato, slightly larger
flat beefsteak-size juicy seedy fruit with     than Black Krim, traded at the Vancouver
green skin and flesh which turns paler         Seedy Saturday. One of those, “my black
when ripe. A favourite with chefs.             tomato is better than yours” affairs. This is
                                               a very tasty black – juicer than the others.
BranDywine
An Amish heirloom, a very good tasting         PerSimmOn
large tomato with deep pink skin and red       The best tasting large orange tomato.
flesh. Vigorous plants produce a large crop    Maybe the best tasting tomato.

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     reD SunSet HOriZOn
     We got this wonderful huge prolific
     beefsteak, also called Rostova, from Jim
     Wright in Seattle. It was brought to North
     America from Rostova in Southern Russian
     by Nikolai Peplenov Rostova tomatoes. It is
     an outstanding producer of an abundance
     of huge red to red-pink tomatoes that
     regularly exceed 2 lbs. and taste excellent.
     It excels in cool climates and is an early
     tomato.
     rOSe De Berne
     A pink tomato from France that tastes like
     Brandywine but is more round. Lots of
     handsome 6-8 oz. smooth pink fruits with
     soft flesh and very thin skin. Rare.
                                                    Grains are easy to grow, produce well in poor
     StriPeD CaVern                                 soil and can be sprouted or cooked whole for a
     Beautiful stuffing tomato, blocky thick-       nutritious breakfast. They are often planted
     walled jewel-like fruits with red and yellow   in late fall or early spring and harvested in
     stripes. Many 8 ounce fruits which keep        August in this area, making it possible to
     4 weeks when harvested ripe. Good              plant a second late crop. Following crops
     flavour. Stuff with cheese for unique          benefit from the cleansing effect of grains.
     appetizers. 80 days from transplant.
     Prolific.                                      Barley
                                                    Introduced in the early 1980s, Harrington
     SuPer marmalaDe                                malting barley quickly became the
     Lovely pinkish-red medium sized tomato         Canadian and then the international gold
     that is very juicy and sweet. Produces well    standard for quality in high-enzyme, two-
     mid-season until late. Very prolific.          row malting barley. Barley can be grown in
                                                    spring or winter. For winter barley, October
     turniP                                         is the best time to plant. For spring barley,
                                                    plant in January. Barley grows best in cool
     HarriS turniP                                  ground – ideal temperatures hover right
     Heirloom. This turnip has been growing         around freezing. Arrange the seeds so you
     on our farm since 1914 when Mr. Harris         have about 20-25 barley plants per square
     cleared the land and planted turnips.          foot of space. Nutritious, delicious and
     Winter hardy, pest resistant in our area.      easy to cultivate, barley is a common sweet
     Large white with purple shoulder. Sow          grain with loads of health benefits and a
     late-summer for fall and winter.               variety of purposes.
     1/2 teaspoon / pkg.
                                                    Hull-leSS OatS
                                                    Easily threshed free of the hulls. Oats have
                                                    been grown for centuries by farmers to
                                                    use as porridge or ground into oat flour.
                                                    Plant 1/2"-1" deep and 5" apart in the early
                                                    spring. A heavy frost will kill oats.
                                                    wHeat Red Fife
                                                    First grown in Canada in 1843. This is a
                                                    late variety that was the cornerstone of
                                                    Prairie agriculture. Red Fife is a “landrace”
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diversity and ability to adapt to changing      with iced borage tea, adding honey and
conditions than hybrid varieties. Plant in      lemon juice to taste. Borage is easy to grow
late fall or early spring 5" apart.             and self-seeds readily. Annual.
CrimSOn ClOVer                                  CatniP Nepeta cataria
Crimson clover is a cover crop – a plant        Favourite of cat lovers, for cats relish
grown over the winter to help suppress          the intoxicating leaves. Tea is a popular
weeds, prevent erosion and build healthier      nightcap, as it induces a good night’s sleep.
soil. Its beautiful red maroon flowers lure     Remedy for colds and fevers. Self seeds.
beneficial insects into the garden. We
sometimes use the flowers in our bouquets.      CHamOmile German Matricaria recutita
Plant in the fall or early spring in almost     For a relaxing tea with a scent of pineapple.
any kind of soil. Leguminous plant which        Aids digestion. Sturdy spreading plant.
fixes nitrogen.                                 Blossoms in July and August from spring
                                                sowing but may be started indoors. Reseeds
                                                readily. Prefers fertile well-drained sandy
                                                loam. Annual. Self seeds.
                                                CHerVil Anthriscus cerefolium
                                                Cool season herb with ferny, dark green
                                                foliage, looking like parsley and having
                                                a pleasant anise flavour. Excellent raw
                                                in salads. An important herb in French
                                                cuisine in egg dishes, fish and sauces or a
                                                wonderful addition to herbed vinaigrettes.
                                                Makes best crop in spring and fall but does
                                                well even in the summer in a shady spot in
                                                the cool Pacific Northwest. Self seeds.
                                                CilantrO Coriandrum sativum
                                                Sow these frost tolerant herbs throughout
aniSe HySSOP Agastache foeniculum               the spring and summer for continuous
A mint which produces many purple flower        harvest. Important ingredient in Spanish,
spikes over dark green foliage. Fragrant        Mexican, Indian, Chinese, and SE Asian
nectar attracts bees. Excellent in semi-        cuisine. Also called coriander or Chinese
shade or full sun, this biennial reproduces     parsley. Best direct seeded. Annual.
readily by itself from seed once established.   Self seeds.
Easy to grow. Leaves and flowers strongly       Dill Anethum graveolans
anise-scented. Used in cooking and for tea.     Delicious, green, finely cut foliage is used
Many medicinal uses. Useful in bouquets.        to enhance sour cream or yogurt toppings,
BaSil Genovese                                  salads, sauces, and soups. When allowed
Large-leaf type from Genoa, Italy, the          to go to seed, it can be used for dill pickles
pesto capital of the world. Bright green        or in seed breads. Plant as soon as ground
shiny leaves about 2" long with a heady,        can be worked in spring. Easy to grow, very
spicy fragrance and taste. One of the           prolific. Height 3'. Annual. Self seeds.
easiest and most rewarding herbs, a real        ePaZOte Chenopodium ambrosoides
heat lover. Annual.                             Important Mexican herb used in Mexican
BOraGe                                          cooking, also called Wormseed. Stout,
A large herb, known as the “Herb of             aromatic herb, to 3-4' tall. Add to
Gladness”, borage has fuzzy leaves and          bean dishes to reduce gas. Needs high
periwinkle blue flowers. Attracts bees. Add     temperature to germinate.
chopped leaves and flowers to salads or
summer drinks. Cool off in the summer
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     eVeninG PrimrOSe Oenothera lamarckiana           ParSley Italian
     Clear yellow 2" church bell blooms in            The one the chefs use. More flavour than
     elegant spires on 3-5' tall plants. Charming     other parsleys. Vigorous, erect plant
     border beauty. Oil in seeds contains             produces flat, dark green leaves. Cool
     gammalinolenic acid (GLA). Roots can             weather crop that holds well in hot weather.
     been eaten as a vegetable; shoots as a           High in vitamins A, C, iron and minerals.
     salad. These hardy, long blooming plants         Self seeds.
     prefer full sun and well drained dry soil.
     Self-seeds. Biennial.                            SHiSO Red Perilla Perilla frutescens
                                                      Decorative purplish red foliage reminiscent
     FeVerFew T. parthenium                           of coleus. Cinnamon-scented leaves are
     In recent years feverfew has become known        popular in Japan for flavouring raw fish,
     as the “migraine” herb. This easy-to-grow        bean curd, pickles and tempura. Also used
     herb is also valued as a decorative plant in     to give scarlet colour to pickled plums and
     the garden and for wreaths, potpourris,          preserved ginger. Annual.
     etc. Perennial. Self seeds.
                                                      St. JOHn’S wOrt Hypericum perforatum
     milk tHiStle Silybum marianum                    Noted for its calming effect; valuable
     Bold and beautiful specimen plant for            for nervous disorders such as insomnia,
     food and medicine. Large plant with              depression and bedwetting. The oil has
     shiny, spined leaves mottled with white.         remarkable soothing and healing action
     Outstanding, solitary 2" purple flowers.         when rubbed into painful joints and
     All parts are edible. Medicinal: The active      strained muscles. Bright yellow flowers.
     component, silymarin, is found in the            Perennial. Self seeds. INVASIVE.
     seeds and is know for liver rebuilding
     properties. Easy to grow. Annual. Self           SOrrel French Rumex acetosa
     seeds. CAN BE INVASIVE.                          Most famous for sorrel soup. Large succulent,
                                                      slightly acid-tasting leaves give zest to salads
     mOtHerwOrt leonurus cardiaca                     and any dish which is insipid in itself. Remove
     Bees love the handsome, purple-pink              flowering tops as they appear to keep leaves
     flower spikes. Grows to 6'. Easy to grow         tender. Perennial. Self seeds.
     from seed and self seeds. Has been used
     to treat female disorders throughout the         StinGinG nettle urtica dioica
     centuries. Self seeds.                           One of our favourite wild herbs. Powerful
                                                      perennial plant that has many uses: early
     muGwOrt Arthernisia vulgaris                     spring nutrient rich cooking green, tea
     Believed to give strength and negate             ingredient, compost activator and increases
     negativity, mugwort has been surrounded          layer production when added to layer food
     by legends and used medicinally for              through the winter (dried form). Spreads
     centuries. This soft, green plant has tiny       easily by rhizome, so it should be planted
     ball-shaped flower heads with deeply cut         thoughtfully. Prefers rich, moist soil. Must
     leaves. It will grow 6' tall in average to       be cooked or dried to remove “the sting”,
     poor, well-drained soil in full sun. It can be   which comes from chemicals found in
     easily raised from its tiny seed. Self seeds.    the plant.
     mullein Verbascum thapsus                        Summer SaVOry Satureja hortensis
     Striking yellow flower stalks rise from a        Easy to grow. Our favourite herb for
     huge woolly leaf base in the second year.        flavouring fresh and dry beans, peas, lentils,
     Sentry of the herb garden. Good remedy           soups, cabbages, and sauerkraut with its
     for coughs, hoarseness and bronchitis,           spirit-awakening, peppery flavour. Dry for
     rheumatism. Flowers for infused oil for          winter use. Also makes a nice tea. Likes
     earache. Plant can be used to produce            medium rich, well-drained soil. Full sun.
     yellow, bronze and grey dyes. Biennial.          Sow indoors in early spring or outdoors
     Self seeds.                                      after danger of frost. Do not cover seed as
                                                      they need light to germinate. Self seeds.
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Sweet CiCely myrrhis odorata                       Partial shade or full sun. Attracts humming
Sugar-saver. Sweet, anise-scented leaves           birds. Seeds sown indoors in early spring will
and stalks (fresh or dried) add delightful         usually bloom the first season. Perennial.
flavour to sweets and desserts, saving
about half the sugar. Of particular interest       COrnFlOwerS Bachelors’ buttons
to diabetics. A hardy perennial that grows         Blue, white, pink, wine, and mauve
to 4'. Seeds have short viability and should       flowers. Sow directly into garden in spring.
be sown in spring.                                 Continuous blooming late into season. Full
                                                   sun. Excellent cut flowers. Easy to grow.
                                                   Self-seeds. Hardy annual.
                                                   DelPHinium D. elatum
                                                   Tall, stately, old-fashioned beauty. Flower
                                                   stalks are covered with elegant double
                                                   flowers in shades of pale to dark blue,
                                                   orchine, rose, and white. Does well in our
                                                   Pacific coast climate. Requires rich, well,
                                                   drained, slightly alkaline soil. Perennial.
    Great cut flowers from our collecting          FOxGlOVe Digitalis purpurea
include columbine, clarkia, cornflowers,           Graceful upright flower spikes bear large,
delphinium, globe centaurea, globe thistle,        3" thimble-shaped blooms with delicately
larkspur, lunaria, lupins, nicotiana, sea holly,   speckled throats. Strong plants bearing
sunflower, sweet peas, and sweet william.          cream, white, yellow, rose and mauve
                                                   flowers. Sow seeds in spring in a nursery
   Edible flowers include calendula, borage,       bed. Sun or light shade. Self seeds.
nasturtium, marigold, shungiku, cornflowers,       POISONOUS.
and sunflowers.
                                                   GlOBe Centaurea Centaurea macrocephala
                                                   Golden yellow thistle-like flowers are 3"
BOraGe – see Herbs                                 across. Hardy plant is for background borders
CalenDula, alm SPeCial mix                         or fresh and dried cut flower. Direct seed in
A wonderful mix of our best. Warm tones            spring in a sunny location in well-drained
include pink, orange, yellow, and cream            soils that are not too rich. Easy to grow. The
with burnt orange. Some with contrasting           plant forms clumps 3-4' high. Perennial.
dark lower petals and darker tips. Also            GlOBe tHiStle Echinops ritro
called pot marigold. Plant in full sun in          Bees and butterflies adore Echinops. So easy
average soil. Adapts to moist soil or little       to care for that you will too. Stunning in
watering. Usually the last flower in the           the garden or as a fresh or dried cut flower.
garden to give in to the cold, often will          They thrive in well drained soil, even if it is
overwinter in this area. Annual. Self seeds.       poor or sandy. They are as undemanding as
Clarkia Elegans                                    any perennial you can find! Intensely blue,
Easy to grow. Great cut flower or massed           the surreal-looking globes perch on stalks
into borders. Plants bloom profusely in            of elegant, jagged-edged grey-green foliage.
multiple colours of pink, mauve, white,            Blooms July–early September.
salmon, and red. Direct seed outdoors in           HOllyHOCk, PurPle
early April in sun or semi-shade. Pick a cool      Elegant old-fashioned flowers with a new
semi-shaded, sandy area where the soil is          twist. Large 3-4" unusual eye-catching
rather low in nitrogen (poorly fertilised).        purple flowers on 4-6' stalks. Excellent
COlumBine, alm mix Aquilegia                       as a focal point in the landscape or as
Fairy-like woodland quality with lacy              background plants. Fun to grow with
foliage and beautifully posed flowers in a         children. Edible flowers. Grows well in our
variety of exquisite colours and shapes.           cool summers. Grow in fertile soil. Will
                                                   bloom first year if started early indoors.
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     larkSPur                                             naSturtium tropaeolum majus
     Larkspur is an excellent cut flower – both           Beautiful flowers add a sweet spicy flavour
     for fresh and dried or everlasting markets.          to salads. Prolific plants grow most
     Blues, mauve and pale cream. An easy-to-             anywhere and in any soil type. Leaves are
     grow annual that does best in a sunny site           excellent in stir fry. Seeds can be pickled.
     with well-drained soil. Larkspur grow to             This is a mixture of pale yellow to bright
     their full potential in climates with cool,          orange flowers with white varigated leaves
     moist summers. Self seeds.                           and deeply scarlet flowers with dark leaves.
                                                          Direct seed after danger of frost. Self seeds.
     lunaria, HOneSty L. annua
     Also called the silver dollar plant because          niCOtiana, lemOn tree N. Langsdorii
     of its intriguing flat seed pods which look          Striking, tall stems of pendulous, bell-
     like pearly discs. Cut in the fall to use in         shaped chartreuse flowers sought after
     winter flower arrangements. Plant in May             for cut flower arrangements. Outstanding
     or June in any well-drained soil. Sun or             paired with purples or deep pinks. Intense
     partial shade. Clusters of purple flowers            evening fragrance. Long trumpet-like
     bloom in April thru June in second year.             blooms. Any well-drained garden soil will
     Self seeds.                                          do. Needs light for germination so sow on
                                                          surface of soil or potting mix. Germinates
     luPinS, mixeD Lupinus polyphyllus                    in 7 to 20 days at 21ºC.
     Deep red, pink, purple blossoms.
     Spectacular spires create a marvellous               POPPieS
     landscape effect in May and June. Long-
     lived plants are easy to grow in sun or light        Always eye-catching and reliable, annual
     shade. Sow where you want them to grow,              poppies can be broadcast into almost any soil
     or start indoors in pots. Thrives in acid            and will self-sow readily. Perennials take more
     soils. Perennial.                                    care to start but come back year after year and
                                                          can be divided to obtain more plants. Seed
     malVa SeBrina malva sylvestris                       pods are interesting additions to dry flower
     An old-fashioned garden favourite known              arrangements.
     as Hollyhock Mallow. A plant offering
     great beauty and charm. The tall stems are           Perennial – Pink, reD
     spattered with 2" cup-shaped blooms in               anD OranGe
     a striking bicolour of white with narrow             Huge soft pink, bright red and orange
     violet striping. Start seed indoors 6-8              blossoms with dark centre. Sow in early
     weeks before planting out. Height 4-6'.              spring or late fall indoors and transplant
     Tender perennial.                                    outdoors after true leaves appear.

     mariGOlD, lemOn                                      POPPieS, alm
     & tanGerine Gem Tagetes signata                      annual mix Eschscholzia californica
     Dainty blossomed plant forms a ferny                 A mixture of double and single petaled
     mound 12" tall and as big around. Lemon-             blooms of many colours – blood-red
     scented foliage releases its fragrance when          (some marked with a white “iron cross”
     brushed. Globe-shaped plant covered with             in the centre), pinks, mauves, and scarlets.
     tangerine-coloured small blooms and lacy             Self seeds.
     foliage. The small 1/2" diameter flowers are
     the best tasting of all the marigolds.



      The following flowers need darkness to germinate – calendula, corn flowers, delphinium, sweet peas,
      larkspur and perennial poppies – so cover them with soil. Columbines, annual poppies, snapdragons
      need light so sprinkle them on the surface of the soil. Sweet peas and lupins need a period of coldness
      to germinate. Put the seed in your freezer for 2 weeks.


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POPPieS, CaliFOrnia Papaver somniferum           Sweet william dianthus barbatus
Brilliant orange and yellow flowers on lacy      Biennial 24" or 60 cm. attractive plants
8 to 12" plants. Mildly narcotic colourless      which bear densely-packed, flattened
juice was used by Californian Indians to         heads of fragrant flowers in shades of
treat toothache. Best sown direct very early     red, white, pink, purple, salmon, and in
in spring as it prefers cool weather. Will       bicolours. These handsome, long lasting
often over winter. Self seeds. Easy to grow.     flowers make vivid romantic bouquets
                                                 all by themselves or mixed with other
SHunGiku – see vegetables                        flowers. A flower that likes our cool
SunFlOwer, alm mix                               climate.
A mix of sunflowers from small to real           wilDFlOwer mix
giants. Included are some with red petals,       Contains a mixture of annuals that
some with green centres, and other unusual       reseed themselves and perennials.
varieties. Sunflowers are large, easy-to-        We’ve chosen varieties that are both
grow plants which give a dramatic show.          beautiful and self-sufficient. Their
Seeds can be saved for winter eating or          vibrant flushes of colour will slowly
leave up heads for winter food for birds.        unfold in response to the weather
Plant mid-April in a sunny spot. Drought         and season for constantly changing
resistant. Annuals.                              displays. Contains columbine, larkspur,
Sweet PeaS –                                     lupine, cornflower, feverfew, calendula,
                                                 mullein, poppies, phacelia, hollyhocks,
alm mix Lathyrus ordratus                        and foxglove.
Luscious, glowing, fragrant blooms. These
old-fashioned favourites thrive in our
climate. Vining plants which reach 5' tall
require trellising. They can be planted in sun
or semi-shade. Start outdoors in early spring
as soon as the soil can be worked. A special
mix of heirloom varieties. Hardy annual.




    aPPrentiCeSHiP PrOGram, COurSeS,
    anD wOrkSHOPS at alm Farm
    ALM Farm, where our seeds are grown, has had a teaching program for over 20 years.
    Each year we take on apprentices who stay with us for the whole season learning the
    full cycle of organic farming.
    We also teach courses and workshops at our farm on Calendaring, Seed Saving,
    Fertility, Raising Chickens, Greenhouse management and construction, Winter
    Gardening, Cob Ovens, Growing Amazing Tomatoes, Salad Throughout the Seasons,
    Plant Propagation, Edible/Medicinal Herbs, Organic Farming as a Business, High Yield
    Organic Growing.
    Visit our farm website to learn more about our apprenticeship program, courses, and
    workshops: Check out our blog.

                                    www.almFarms.org




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