Additions for Spring 2013

Hi Everyone;

Well, I have just gotten out of the garden and can see Mr. Fluet Onions, Multipliers, Egyptian onions and Dutch onions (like Multiplier).  As well, I have some Red Sun Shallots still in the ground, and some evergreen bunching onions.  I will part with some chives if anyone has need of them also.  Just email me at smileyo at xplornet dot com.

Also I have these as rootstock – Comfrey (Russian), catnip, spearmint and peppermint, lungwort and Pink mungwort.  If you want some they are $3 for each.

Also of course horseradish root to plant or use, Rhubarb roots to plant and dandelion root for those who want to cut and dry their own for use as a medicinal.

These are the seed potato varieties we have available.  Prices are listed on the site: Egyptian, Oma’s White, All Blue, All Red, Nooksack, Chieftain, Yukon Gold, Green Mountain, Red Pontiac, Cherry Red, Sangre, Bintje, Agria, Caribe, and Norland.

The garlic is coming up and so are the lilies which is great to see.  I will have some extra fresh herbs this spring to sell closer to planting time as well. We will have thyme, sage, savory, rosemary and oregano for sure, and perhaps a few others.  There should be tomato plants of our famously unusual and tasty kinds as well.

I can distribute Raspberry canes to those who want and can get a hold of an excellent black currant variety from a homesteader farmyard, brought here from Germany during immigration in the 1940’s.  It is very hardy for the prairies and an excellent producer.

I also have 3 kinds of Jerusalem Artichokes if anyone is interested, and one is Beaver Valley purple, one Carmen Heirloom white and one red(from the George Pegg Botanical Gardens in Gunn, Alberta).  Prices are as for onion sets.

Thanks for all your orders and interest in Heritage seeds.


April Showers….

Hello to all;

Thanks to those who are following the posts, ordered seed or saw us at Seedy Sunday.  Last week I planted the carrots and beets that are for seed this year as well as some turnip, cabbage and onions.  Hoping for a great year to grow if we can ever see the soil for all the snow!!

As all things happen in their own time and all timing is perfect, I have been thanking the gods that I did not have the time to get all the garlic out of the beds last fall.  Turns out it would never have gotten in the ground by April 1st and so I will see it all as divinely inspired and know that the year will allow for me to transplant the sprouts into new beds in May.  All will be well.

Anyone still wanting seed is encouraged to email ahead as we sold out on many things.

Also, please keep in mind that my quest to find open-pollinated seeds that will grow and thrive here in Northern Alberta continues.  I visited the Monsanto site the other day and was boggled at how many seed companies they have and under how many guises they pose to unsuspecting farmers and gardeners alike.  It seems there are many farmers in the states and Canada looking for canola, soybeans, corn and wheat that is not a Monsanto product, but the quantities they are looking for are either not available or un-affordable.  That is the dilemna and it continues to spark debate.  If I had the land base I could begin to provide slowly to those that need.

If you have vast quantities of seed, let me know.  Maybe we can begin to pool resources to service this need and ultimately help farmers that are looking.  It will be an uphill battle with the government, but well worth the fight as more and more people are reacting to gluten grains and corn and I think it is due to genetic modifications.  

Also, if you have seed that is from an ‘old’ gardener or dates back generations, please let me know.  I am happy to trade and swap.  Thanks so much,


March 12 update

As time rolls closer, I am packaging acres of seed and looking forward to meeting everyone at Calgary and Edmonton’s Seedy Sunday events. I will be in the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Hall on Saturday March 16 (1320-5th Ave NW) from 10-3. Thanks to all who have pre-ordered and I will see you then. Whatever seed I have left will be available on Sunday for the Alberta Avenue seedy Sunday in Edmonton from 11-4 (9210-118 Ave.). Parking is an issue in Edmonton, but hope you will come out. Pre-ordering before Thursday will be you best bet to ensure all the seeds you want will be available for both events. Thanks again for all the support, the phone calls and the sincere appreciation for open-pollinated seeds.

New Mesclun Mix

Hi everyone;

Just created a new salad mix of spicy greens.  I am calling it Spice of Life.  Don’t even have it in the catalogue yet.  It is a mix of lettuces, mizuna, arugula, some rapini, some wasabi greens which is like a spicy mustard, and a few other things.  Sure to please.  Try it out!!

Also I have salvaged some Pattypan squashes so will also have those available to all interested.  See you soon at a seed sale near you!


2013 Catalogue Download now done!

Here it is finally….the 2013 catalogue available for your perusal or download.  Please note the item numbers have changed. That is ok, if you are using an old catalogue I will know what you are talking about.  Thanks everyone.

Remember you can preorder for pickup at a seedy event and save shipping costs.  Just send your order by email to and I will send you a paypal request and you can pick it up at the event in Calgary or Edmonton.

I have also made the order form downloadable as well.

Catalogue download: A’bunadh seed catalogue, book 2013

Order form: Order form

Thanks again.


Hello 2013

Well, I am finally working on the 2013 Catalogue which will be available for downloading when I finish.  Thanks to all for your enquiries and interest.  I have not been shipping to the States as people tell me the border confiscates seeds and I don’t think anyone is interested in having that happen.  I will keep you posted if anything changes.  A good way to get them is with a friend who is travelling down.  The border doesn’t seem to have a problem if it is in your luggage, so why do they want to take them away in the post.  I mean, it’s not like they are live plants…..

Anyway, I am working as fast as I can and so far have updated the tomato pages and the squash page.  More to come.  Thanks for your patience.

I will be changing the numbering system of the catalogue this year, but don’t worry, it will not matter how you order.  I will still know what you are talking about if you use the old order numbers and the name of the seeds.

Any who want to pre-order and avoid shipping can contact me by March 10 and I will bring your orders to either Calgary or Edmonton to the Seedy Sunday Events…see below.  Anyone who is looking for seeds other than what I offer can check the Seeds of Diversity website at or go to Cyndi’s great catalogue listing at  Many thanks to her for the link and listing.

Thank you all for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you at the Seedy Saturday in Calgary and Seedy Sunday in Edmonton, the weekend of March 17 and 18th.  For more details see Seedy Sunday events online at

Bye for now, Denise

2012 Is Almost Gone

2012 was a great year for growing squash, potatoes, soybeans, peas, beans (both green and dry) and a variety of other things, as you can see!Abundant harvest

Here is a picture of our thanksgiving bounty at a friends heavenly acres…

The Peppers she grew in her greenhouse and the squash (orange) is mine.

The very large hubbard squash we ate…it was a small one at 35 lb.!!

This year I am happy to offer both the Blue and Green Hubbard squash, and the following new squash varieties:

Uncle David’s Dakota Dessert (1-2 lb. orange flesh turban type)

Queensland Blue ( 2-4 lb. blue skin, orange flesh)

Australian Butter

Red Warty Thing


Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin

Shamrock or Triamble Squash

Valenciano Pumpkin

Guatemalan Blue Banana

Pink Banana

Jarradale Pumpkin (stays green, like Cinderella)

Lady Godiva pumpkin (grown for the seeds which are hulless, but these are good eating green pumpkins)

Long Pie Pumpkin

As well as Apple Green Eggplant (limited supply), Gladiator Parsnip, Superschmetz Kohlrabi.

I have Snowball Cauliflower, Utah Celery, Iceberg lettuce, and parsley for sale also.

New tomato varieties:  Striped German, Tiny Tim, Red Beauty, Debarao, OSU Blue, Striped Cavern, Vintage Wine, Caspian Pink, Black Brandywine, Pink Brandywine, Moonglow, Fierette, Belle Star, Quebec 2473, Nova, Marmande, Sweetie, Xina and Portugal

New varieties of Cucumbers – Slicers ( Jaune Dickfleischige, Tendergreen Burpless), and (pickling) Homemade Pickles.

New Peas – Mr. Big, Ne Plus Ultra, Desiree, Triple Treat, Sutton’s Harbinger, Top Pod, Dry Green Round, Spring, King Tut, Russian Sugar, Early Frosty, Sugar Ann, Mammoth Melting Sugar, Cascadia, Oregon Giant and Green Arrow. Reintroduced are Lincoln, Bolero, Mom’s, Laxton’s Progress, Straight Arrow, Super Sugar Snap.

New varieties of Beans – Tung’s Pole, Early Riser, Dwarf Bees, Painted Lady, Baie Verte Indian, Cherokee Trail of Tears, Romano Bush, Romano Pole, Lazy Housewife, Anellino Yellow Pole, Stringless Green Pod, Oma’s Speckled Green Pod, Blue Jay, Blauhilde (re-introduced), Golden Wax, Pepa de Zapallo (more of),  Kentucky Wonder, White Pole, Jade, Lynx and Pisarecka Zlutoluske (re-intro’d).

I grew a good variety of Soybeans which I am happy to introduce, and will offer in limited quantities so everyone can have some….

Grand Forks, Green Envy, and Sayamusume

Broad beans and Favas that I added this year, some in very limited quantities so email and enquire about availability..

Andy’s Broad beans, Small Iluman, Polar, Red Epicure, Black Fava, Sweet Lorane, Golden Lima, Centennial Fava, and Bunyard’s Exhibition.

Unfortunately it was not a great year for garlic, so supply is almost non-existent.  It is planted for next year, so stay tuned and sorry for that.

Thanks to all who have already contacted me for catalogues….remember there is a link right here.  I will endeavor to update the pages soon, but for now if you want a new variety and are unsure about what it is like, email me or do a google search.  All the best, thanks again,


December 2012

Garlic 2012

Hey everyone!

The garlic is going into the frozen ground as of April 8, 2012.  Some was planted yesterday and the day before.  Some snow remains on the patch that I plowed off a week ago.  Many cloves are in good shape and we are working on building up the seed stock this year to have more to offer everyone!

We have started peppers, flowers and tomato plants and are following the Old Farmer’s Almanac listing of best days to plant for 2012.  So far it appears to be bang on and plant seeds are responding tremendously.  I will list that here:

March 2012 recommended planting days

Use it and enjoy.

For those planting garlic, I recommend reading the listings on this website….

It is an easy to read and readily linked to printable form listing of what to think about when planting garlic.  We plant in the first week of April.  There are many in Alberta who try the fall planted way, and it depends entirely on you.  I have too much garlic to plant and mulch, so I do the spring planting.  Up to you.  Good luck and keep posted!