Seed Catalog 

Seeds Per Pack $4

 Seed packages are designed for the home gardener and the number per pack may

vary depending on seed size, availability and variety; tomatoes, peppers and eggplant (about 30-40),

squash, melons, cucumbers and watermelons (about 25-30), beans and peas(about 30-50), flowers,

herbs, lettuce and others (about 100-250). 

LEGEND

GBO= GROWN BEYOND ORGANIC 

H= HEIRLOOM

CO= CERTIFIED ORGANIC 

DE= DETERMINTE

G= GERMINATION DAYS 

IN= INDETERMINATE

M= MATURITY IN DAYS 

= FAVORITE!!!

Brittle Wax (1900's)

A great light yellow bush cut bean, 6-7” long great for canning and freezing. Fine quality,

brittle, stringless and fibreless.

M=50 GBO H  

Dragons Toungue

These are a neat looking and great tasting bush bean. 6-8” creamy yellow pods with thin

purple stripes that disappear when blanched. Extremely crisp and juicy stringless, high-yielding plants. 

M=55-60 GBOH 

Golden Wax 

A hardy and stringless yellow wax bush variety, good for canning and freezing.

M=45-60 GBO 

Jacobs Cattle 

(pre 1800's)

Popular maroon and white New England Baking bush type. A very reliable producer, also known as Dalmatian or Trout bean. 

M-85-95 CO H 

Royal Purple Pod

(1950)

Introduced by the Billy Hepler Seed Company in 1957. Distinct purple pods (5”). Great raw or cooked as snap bean, turns green when blanched. Compact and vigorous. Germinates well

even in cold, wet soil. 

M=55 GBO H 

Painted Pony

(1900)

A delicious and delicate slender dual purpose bean. long thin pods are string less and good for snap beans. One of the best for soups retains markings. Very productive. Bush habit.

M=60 H CO 

Purple Podded Pole (1930's)

Plants climb vigorously to 6’ and are extremely productive. High quality, meaty, stringless and tender 5-7” long reddish-purple pods that turn green when blanched. 

M=68 GBO H 

Scarlet Runner

(1600)

One of the oldest in existence today. Good for small snap, sliced or green shells and often

used in place of lima beans in colder climates. A highly ornamental bean, pole habit.

  M=65 GBO H 

Fin D' Bagnol 

A delicious and delicately slender podded old gourmet French variety. Produces nicely in cool soils. Pick every 2 or 3 days while young and tender. Bush habit. 

M=55 COH 

Chiogga Beet 

(1840)

I love the red and white center rings, they look like a bulls-eye. From Italy, very sweet, tender nice for eating and pickling. 

M=60-65 CO H

Yellow Burpees Golden

(1828)

A great dual purpose beet for roots and greens. Roots are globe shaped and orange,

turning golden yellow when cooked. Tender and mild even when large. Great for salads since sliced roots do not bleed.

Sweet leaves. 

M=58-90 CO H

Out of stock

Calabrese

(1880)

Brought to America by Italian immigrants. Popular market variety, tight heads can grow up to 8” in diameter. After central head is harvested, side shoots follow remaining tender and sweet. 

M=58-90H 

Romanesco 

Such a unique treat, this beautiful spiralling light-green head, had better flavour and texture than the finest of broccolis! Popular and quite prized in Italy. Great for Northern areas! 

M=75-100 from transplant H

Not In Stock

Island Improved

(1890)

The chief commercial sprout until the development of more uniform hybrids. Producing heavy yields of 50-100 dark green 1-2” sprouts on compact plants. 

M=80-115 H

Not In Stock

Early Jersey Wakefield

(1840) 

A good, and very early market variety, conical, solid, tightly folded heads are 10-15” tall by 5-7“ in diameter and weigh 3-4lbs. 

M=60-75 from transplant H 

Mammoth Red Rock 

(1889)

Round 8” heads, red throughout and weigh up to 7lbs. Uniform, medium cores, sure cropper, fine flavour, excellent for cooking, salads, pickling. 

M=98 from transplant H 

Not In Stock

Nantes Carrot

(1870)

Cylindrical roots are 7” long by 11/2” wide. A bright-reddish-orange flesh, fine grained, nearly coreless,

great flavour, sweet and brittle. Good as baby carrots, storage and juicing. Widely adapted, highly selected, uniform strain.

M=65-70 CO H 

Not In Stock

Yaya Organic Carrot

Amazing sweet flavour and extreme crispness. Yaya has become the standard for commercial growers. The carrots are barrel-shaped and have blunt tips 6" long. The short, strong tops hold up well when bunched. These soup-grade carrots store very well. The 12-inch tops of these carrots are beautiful and nutritious, making good additions to soups and stews.A little frost will do no harm to these carrots.

M=60 CO

Early Snowball (1888)

A well adapted forcing or wintering-over for early crops in warmer regions. Smooth 6-7” heads of tightly formed white curds are solid, crisp and tender, excellent quality.

M=60-85 days from transplant H

Country Gentleman

(1890)

Later season white corn with deep, narrow, small non-rowed kernels. Tapered ears grow 7-8” long on 7-8’ stalks with 2 ears. Good for fresh eating or canning. 

M=88-92 CO H 

Bantam Improved 

(1902)

This improved strain was selected for longer ears and greater tenderness. Excellent sweet flavour, early main crop variety for home gardeners. Standard for home gardeners and market growers., great for eating and freezing. 

M=70-85 H

Double Standard 


The first open-pollinated bicolor sweet corn. Early maturing, strong germination in cool soil. Developed based on a nice yellow corn called Burnell that was grown in Maine in the early 1900's, and an early white heirloom from New York's St. Lawrence Valley. Nicely sized, avg. 7", ears with 12–14 rows of yellow and white kernels, some ears with yellow kernels only. If desired, you can have early, all-white corn simply by planting only white kernels. Excellent traditional corn taste. Vigorous 5' plants. 

M=70-75 CO H 

2" Strawberry Popcorn

(1800)

 Small-red coloured and oval shaped ears are good for popping and great for fall decorations. 2-4 ears/stalk, 5-6’ tall. 

M=100 CO H 

Double Yield Cucumber

(1924)

This heirloom was developed by a home gardener. Very productive, for every pickle that is cut off two or three more are produced. Slender fruits, 5-6” long smooth and uniform. 

M= 50-60 H CO

Not In Stock

Early Fortune (1910)

This is one of my favourites, very dependable and great yielding, great taste! “One of the earliest and best

white spine cucumbers ever offered.” Selected by George Starr from a single plant found in a crop of Davis Perfect (now extinct). Fruits are 7-8” long by 2” diameter. 

M=55-60 GBO H 

True Lemon

(1894)

Also known as ‘apple’ this variety looks like a large lemon and is excellent for pickles and eating, kids love

them. Pick early, they turn yellow and bitter at maturity. These very productive plants are drought resistant.


M=58-70 CO H 

Marketmore 76

Originally developed at Cornell University, this popular open pollinated (non-hybrid) variety consistently produces uniform 8-9” cukes. This sweet and crisp, mild flavoured slicing cuke is good for Northern climates and also tolerates excessive heat. Shows disease resistance.

M=60-75 GBO H 

Miniature White

These sweet white almost spineless pickling cucumbers grow on compact vines that rarely exceed 3’. Very abundant with great taste, no need to peel.

M=55d GBO H 

Straight 8

(1935)

 Named All-American selection in 1935, a vigorous variety producing 8-9” cylindrical fruit. Great slicer, sweet smooth flavour stays crisp. 

M=52-75 GBO H

Wisconsin Pickler

Very prolific, 4-5” dark green fruits, disease resistant, great for eating

fresh and nice pickling variety.

 M=60-70 GBO 

Turkish Orange Eggplant (1500)

Small round orange eggplant, best eaten when green, just starting to orange, mature when

fully orange and becomes bitter. 

M=70-75 GBO H

Not In Stock

Westlandse Kale

Dutch Variety that maintains crisp, thick curled, medium green leaves on 32-40" tall plants. Excellent taste great for home, or markets. Allow for adequate watering to bring out a lovely brassica flavour. Hardy plant tolerating -15°c.

M=50-55 CO

 

Red Russian Kale (1885)

This pretty purple-veined variety is extremely winter-hardy and improves its great sweet flavour after its

been frosted. Spring flowering buds like broccoli. 

M=50-55 CO 

Nero Toscana (1885)

Also known as Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale. Grows to 3’ tall with dark, meaty, puckered leaves, the colour of a blue/green colour. Striking ornamental leaves have good flavour, tender harvested young. Mature plant has a stronger flavour, which improves after a frost. 

M=30 H CO

Solaize Leek

(1850)

 A terrific French heirloom, great for Northern climate and winter harvest. These very large, 15-20” stalks

turn violet after frosts set in. 

M=110 from transplant COH 

Not In Stock

Black Seeded Simpson

(1850)

Very prolific, 4-5” dark green fruits, disease resistant, great for eating

fresh and nice pickling variety.

 M=60-70 GBO 

Arrowhead Lettuce (1947)

The colour on this type is spectacular, a delicious loose-leaf-type, awarded the bronze metal at the 1947 All American Selections.

M=40-50 H 

Not in stock

Forellenschuss (1790)

(Also known as Freckles, Speckled Trout Back) This is a hard to find allaround better lettuce. A gorgeous maroon speckled romaine with medium green leaves having superior flavour and good resistance to heat with out bolting. Originally developed in Germany, but considered an Austrian heirloom. 

M=55 CO H 

Oakleaf Lettuce (1800)

Unique, dainty oak-shaped leaves, this is a great addition to mixed salad greens! A leaf-type lettuce, never bitter, heat resistant and still good even at the end of the season.

M=40-60 COH 

Not in stock

Island Cos Lettuce (1940)

A popular romaine lettuce, known for its crisp leaves and sweet flavour. Large

uniform heads, grow about 10” tall with deep green outer leaves surrounding the creamy white heart.

M=70 H CO 

Red Salad Bowl

(1947)

 The colour on this type is spectacular, a delicious tender and mild loose oak leaf-type. Turns Deeper

shades of “red” in cool weather, very pretty for mixed greens. 

M=40-50 H CO 

Red Velvet

Personal favourite, the colour is outstanding!!!! The leaves are reddish-maroon, the backs are tinged with

maroon, very likely the darkest of all the red lettuces available. A great loose-leaf-type.

M=55 CO H 

Not in stock

Rouge

d’Hiver (Red Winter) (1840) 

Great all season compact romaine, with green hearts and brownish-red leaves, does well in

warmer weather, not so quick to turn bitter. Colour intensifies in cooler weather. 

M=60 CO H

Jenny Lind 

(pre 1840's)

Named after a popular singer of that era. Short compact vines but prolific, bearing whitish-green

flesh, very sweet and juicy, originating from Armenia. 

M=70-80 CO H

Not In Stock

Minnesota Midget (1948)

Edible to the rind and very early! Doesn’t get any better than that. High sugar content, resistant to

fusarium wilt, short vines, producing 3-4” fruits with thick golden yellow flesh.

 M=60-75 CO H 

Not In Stock

Tiger Melon

Vibrant yellow with red zigzag stripes, a sure eye catcher at market. Bearing 1lb fruits with white flesh, semi-sweet with an

intense aroma. Originated in Armenia. 

M=85 GBOH

Giant Red Mustard

A Japanese red- tinged large leaved mustard, adds nice spice to salads and stir fries, high in calcium. Very

easy to grow. 

M=40-65 CO

Australian Brown Onion

(1894)

A medium flatter globe, yellow, firm with pungent flesh, good keeping quality.

M=100 from transplant H

Not In Stock

Red Wethersfield (1834)

Large flattened globe, deep purple-red skin, pink-tinged flesh, with red centric circles, nice flavour.

M=100 from transplant H

Bulbs available 

Hollow Crown Parsnip (1820)

This variety came into use in England and Europe, by the 1850s, was widely grown and popular for its sweetness and reliability. Roots can reach up to 24” long and 4” round. They are sooo sweet!

M=65-135 H 

Amish Snap Pea

An Amish snap heirloom, around long before present day snaps. Heavy yielding 2” pods, sweet and delicate.

Curved sickle-shaped pods. M=60COH 

British Wonder Pea

(1890)

A fantastic pea, went to USDA trial in 1903! A great yielding sweet green shelling pea, grows 2-3’ requires trellising. 

M=50-55 CO H 

Not In Stock

Green Arrow

 An outstanding pea, pods are almost always born in doubles, bearing 8-11 deep-green peas in pods 4-5”long on vines about 24-28”. Good heavy reliable shelling pea for home or market, great for freezing.

M=62-70 COH

Chervena

Chushka 

Bulgarian Heirloom, good for roasting and good sweet red eating pepper. Tapered fruits 2”by 6” long. 

M=85 from transplant CO H

Out Of Stock

King Of The North Pepper

Great for short cold season gardens. Nice sweet flavour, thick blocky fruits, nice yielding 4”by31/2” bright red fruits.

Australian

A medium flatter globe, yellow, firm with pungent flesh, good keeping quality.

M=70 from transplant 

Out Of Stock

Purple Beauty

This large 4 lobbed, thick-walled, sturdy compact pepper bears, mild sweet crispy yet tender purple/red fruit. Beautiful in salads and great for market!

Out of stock

Sweet Chocolate (1965)

One of our favourites, its great for northern gardens, ripening from green to chocolate on the outside and brick-red on the inside, with thick, juicy sweet flesh. 

M=58-86 from transplant CO

Out Of Stock

Habanaro Peach

Compact 16-18”plants with loads of peach-coloured very hot fruits. 

M=95-100

Out Of Stock

Joe's Long Cayenne

 A medium Sweet to hot 10-12" slim red pepper. Very abundant, originating from Italy. Great fresh or for drying. 

M=85 from transplant H

Out Of Stock

Thai Hot 

Compact fully loaded plant yielding as much as 200/ plant. Quite hot 1⁄2” plump red fruits.

M=85 from transplant CO

Out Of Stock

Black Spanish Radish 

One of my favourites, this hardy dependable black radish is sweet when young, spicy when bigger. Not bothered by bugs. A great heirloom variety. 

M=20-30 CO H

Out Of Stock

Cherry Bell Radish (1949)

Picture perfect red cherry type, round and bright, originating from Holland , can be planted all summer long for they resist bolting. 

M=20-30 CO H 

Out Of Stock

Plumb Purple Radish (1985)

This unique purple-coloured, firm white-fleshed radish, is sweet and mild all season, hardy and adaptable. Great for the table and market. 

M=25-30 CO 

Out Of Stock

White Icicle Radish (1896)

Great producer of long white carrot-like roots, remains mild flavoured even when mature.

M=30 CO

Out Of Stock

Raxe Organic Radish 

 Large round, red bunching type. This German variety grows to at least 2 times the size of Cherry Belle Radish and resist becoming fibrous and woody unlike other winter types. Firm, crisp, not too spicy! Can be planted from spring to fall great for raised beds.

M=30 CO

Laurentian Rutabaga (Pre 1860's)

Nice Canadian Variety, sweet, mild flavour, with purple tops and yellow flesh, excellent table and storing root. 

M=95 GBO H

Bloomsdale Spinach (1908)

This has always been one of my favourites, and in fact was the first spinach I grew! Nice glossy dark green, heavily blistered, great producer even in the heat. Slow to bolt. 

M=40-60 CO H

Black Beauty Zucchini (1931)

A popular standard, dependable summer squash. Producing black green fruits 6-8” long by 2” round with creamy white flesh. 

M=45-65 CO H

Out of stock

Golden Zucchini (1973)

Not yet an heirloom, but its hard to refuse this only open pollinated unique golden- yellow very productive variety. Great at market or at home. 

M=50-55 BGO

Buttercup Burgess (1925)

Great performer and popular turban-type with dark green skin, string less sweet orange flesh, weighing 3-5lbs. Harvest when the spot touching the ground turns orange. Fair keeper.

M=85-100 CO H

Blue Hubbard (1898)

A hard-skinned deep silver-blue tear drop-shaped squash with thick dry sweet golden- yellow flesh. Great keeper .

 M=90-100 GBO H

Out Of Stock

Guatemalan Blue Banana Squash

Belongs to the Banana group of squashes. Dark “blue” with light stripes; golden-yellow flesh is thick and firm. Fruits range up to 20" in length and average 5lbs. keeps very well.

 M=90-95 

Kikuza Squash (1927)

Introduced by the Oriental Seed Company of San Francisco. Excellent eating qualities, very thick-flesh, yielding 4-7lb yellow fruits.

 M=90-95 H

Out Of Stock

Canadian Crockneck squash

Long Neck butternut type squash. Sweat orange flesh. Great keeper, can store for up to two years.

M=90 GBO

Out Of Stock

Table Queen Buttercup (1913)

This vigorous vine produces heart-shaped, sweet, dry and thick orange flesh with dark green skin. Good keeping qualities. 

M=58-90 CO H

Thelma Sanders Squash

A great family heirloom with wonderful cream coloured skin. Nice sweet chestnut flavour, enormously productive. Our favourite! Great for storage. 

M=85-90 H CO

Turks Turban (1818)

Develops a unique cap/turban, bearing fruits 8-12” diameter and up to 5 pounds, while the fruit is orange the turban is a beautiful tri-coloured or red, green and white squash. Good at market storage is good if not bruised during harvest. 

M=80-100 H

Out Of Stock

Waltham Butternut

Known for its uniform shape, rich dry yellow-orange flesh, great flavour and high- yields of 3-6lb fruits. Excellent keeper. AAS1970 winner! 

M=83-100CO

Woods Prolific Bush Scallop (1899)

Whitish high yielding smaller than the standard bush scallop, very pretty, producing right up until frost, if plants are continuously picked 

M=50 H

Out Of Stock 

Small Sugar Pumpkin (1860)

We really enjoy this pumpkin the best I’ve had for pies and decoration, great colour and yielding 7”tall by 8”round 4-8lb fruits. Great storage Pumpkin. 

M=90-120 OBG H

Rouge Vif d’Etampes (1820)

Yes this is what fairy tales are all about! This is the classical Cinderella pumpkin. Nice deep orange flatter and wider fruits weighing 10-15lbs. French Heirloom. 

M=115 GBO H

Chard/ Rainbow Northern Lights

Definitely the colours of the rainbow, yellow, orange, red, pinks and white. Also called the 5 colour silver beet from Australia. 

M=60 CO

Cheesemani (1900)

 Very tiny cherry-type in clusters of 20 or more yellow-orange fruits. Low acid and very sweet and prolific... the kids love-em.

M=75indet GBOH

Black Brandywine (Pre 1885)

Medium sized, great tasting, juicy and sweet, red with dark brown shoulders. Brandywine was introduced before 1885.

M=75-85 GBO H IN

Black Cherry 

Very Vigorous regular leaf plant, covered in clusters of 1” round dusky purple-black cherry tomatoes bursting with rich flavour-sweet and juicy. 

M=65-75 indeterminate BGOH

Black Plumb Paste

This is a great producing and flavourful old Russian plum tomato. Reddish-brown with dark green to brown shoulders, nice colour for sauces and good for drying. Also good producer in the greenhouse.

M=70-75 GBO H IN

Aunt Ruby's German Green 

A popular heirloom variety, a true beefsteak, bearing huge 1-2lb light green fruits with pinkish tinge on the inside. Sweet juicy flesh has a refreshing spicy flavour, ready when soft to touch.

M-80 GBO H IN​

Black See Man

So very unique this Russian medium red to brown fruit, with green white and red spiny vein-like appearance under the skin. Good rich flavour. A market center- piece! 

M=75 GBO DE

DoubleRich

 Sturdy vines with regular leaf and great production of 3” red-orange round fruits packed with outstanding flavour, high in vitamin C nice mid-season tomato. 

M=85days indet BGOH

Out Of Stock

Fantastic

A great, early all-around slicing tomato with superb flavour with pink4-6 oz medium sized fruits on 2’ vines. Some describe as the “all-around perfect tomato”. 

M=70 GBO H DT

Gardners Delight

One of our favourites, this incredibly candy sweet, flavourful, high yielding red heirloom cherry is also great dried! 

M=80-85 GBO H IN 

Green Grape

Old fashioned bush tomato, small green-yellow fruits borne in cluster of 4-12, resemble large grapes, green flesh and juice. 

M=75-85 GBO H 

Green Zebra 

An olive yellow 11/2-21/2” fruits with deep green zebra-like stripes. Sweet zingy flavour. Very productive plants great fresh and market piece, very little seed. 

M=75-80 indet BGOH 

Gregori's Altai

Large 4" purplish red fruits weigh 8-12 oz, dense flesh, long harvest season, sweet and juicy nice flavour, originated in the Altai Mountains on the border of China, from Novosibirsk, Siberia, very rare.

M=62-67 GBO H indet

Harbinger

 From Dan Jason Salt Spring Island Seeds. We love this one, its perfect 5” round bright red juicy fruits will not disappoint you. Good producing with regular leaf and firm fruits.

M=73days indet BGOH

Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry

Abundant yellow small cherry-type tomatoes with great

flavour .

M=75 indet GBOH

Lemon Tomato

Bright yellow lemon-shaped plum tomato. Very few seeds, and a good tasting low acid tomato, makes very unique sauce, great in salads and fresh eating too. 

M=85 indet GBOH

Mortgage Lifter (1930)

Apparently M.C. Byles paid off his mortgage on his home in 6 years selling seedlings of this variety. A great producer of up to 1lb large meaty flavourful pink/red fruits, a great slicer! Resistant to disease.

M=80 GBO H IN

Out Of Stock

Nebraska Wedding (1930)

An old great plains Heirloom, brides were given as a gift traditionally. Large bright yell/orange with rich flavour, produces 8-10oz sweet juicy fruits. 

M=90 indet GBOH

Oxheart Tomato (1925)

Large heart-shaped pink fruits can weigh up to 2lbs! Firm and meaty flesh with few seeds excellent sweet flavour. Delicate wispy foliage on tall vines up to 3’. 

M=80-90 GBO H IN

Peron Sprayless

From Argentina, large 5-8oz red slicer on strong healthy vigorous vines packed with delicious flavour, globe shape, no cracking, great and reliable producer with good quality, keeps well, awesome disease resistance. 

M=75-80days indet BGOH

Principe Borghese

A huge producer of smaller oval fruits, plants need staking because of the abundance of fruits! Good for salads and fresh eating, traditionally used for sun-drying, superb colour and flavour. Italian Heirloom.

M=75-80 GBO H DE

Pruden's Purple

A great tasting heirloom beefsteak tomato. Produces up to 1lb bright red juicy fruits. Meaty fruits are juicy and have outstanding flavour. 

M=67 GBO H

Pollish

Brought from Poland on the back of a postage stamp. One of our favourite eating beefsteak-type tomatoes. Large and early great flavoured red fruits, weighing up to 1lb! Very uniform and abundant, compact plant, just keeps coming. 

M=75-80 GBO H IN

Purple Smudge

This was one of the last medium sized slicing-type tomato in our zone 3 garden! A definite purple smudge on shoulders, orange flesh with nice rich flavour. Great in salads and popular at market. 

M=80-90 GBO H IN

Not In Stock

Red Current (1843)

A very rich tasting small red

3⁄4” fruit on an attractive 3-6’ plant, good producing tomato great for salads.

M=80-85 GBO H IN

Not In Stock

Peron Sprayless


Principe Borghese