Time to start think about the vegetable garden and what I intend to grow. It’s my intention to slowly add heirloom and heritage crops to my garden, starting this spring. I hope to start saving seeds for future gardens.
I’m in the process of finding companies and plan to start ordering seed catalogues shortly. I plan to only use organic heirloom seeds, preferably from Canadian suppliers. I’ll continue to add to this list as I find more. I still may purchase locally grown plants from garden centres, depending on the variety of seeds available and how well my seedlings do. In future years I will be able to grow and start my own without needing to purchase store bought seedlings.
Common seed descriptions:
“U” – Untreated – Seeds that have been produced without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or genetic modification.
“O” – Organic – Seeds harvested from organically grown parent plants.
“OP” – Open Pollinated – Seeds capable of reproducing on their own. these seeds can be dried and saved for future planting.
“H” – Heritage - Seeds that have been saved and shared by others, passed down from previous generations of gardeners and farmers. This is typically done to preserve unique characteristics and the genetic diversity of plants
Here’s a List of local and some not so local but all Canadian suppliers.
Acorus Restoration – http://www.ecologyart.com
AgroHaitai – http://www.agrohaitai.com
Alberta Nurseries – http://www.gardenersweb.ca
Annapolis Valley Heritage Seeds – http://www.annapolisseeds.com
Bedrock Environmental Services – http://www.bedrockseedbank.com
Berton Seeds – http://www.bertonseeds.ca
Birri et Freres Enr. – http://birrietfreres.com
Boundary Garlic – http://www.garlicfarm.ca
Butchart Gardens – http://www.butchartgardens.com
Casey’s Heirloom Tomatoes – www.members.shaw.ca/jwlcasey
Clover Roads Organic Farm – http://www.cloverroads.com
Crafty Gardener – http://www.craftygardener.net
Dominion Seed House – http://www.dominion-seed-house.com
Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes – http://www.seedpotatoes.ca
Early’s Farm & Garden Centre – http://www.earlysgarden.com
Ecogenesis Organic Seeds – http://www.ecogenesis.ca
Eternal Seed – http://eternalseed.indelta.ca
Evergro Canada – http://www.growercentral.com
florabunda Seeds – http://www.florabundaseeds.com
Full Circle Seeds – http://www.fullcircleseeds.com
Heritage Harvest Seeds – http://www.heritageharvestseed.com
Mckenzie Seeds – http://www.mckenzieseeds.com
Ontario Seed Company – http://www.oscseeds.com
Richters Herbs – http://www.richters.com
Salt Spring Seeds – http://www.saltspringseeds.com
Seeds of Diversity – http://www.seeds.ca
Stokes Seeds – http://www.stokeseeds.com
The Cottage Gardener – http://cottagegardener.com
Vesseys – http://www.veseys.com
As you can see there’s no shortage of local and Canadian suppliers, why would you want to purchase from the USA? Tons of Seeds and Seed Catalogues close to home!