Fall Harvest

Hi fans of seeds;

It was a good season and I am busy wrapping up the garden produce and cataloguing the new varieties that did extremely well despite the drought conditions.  It is worth it to know that these older varieties can withstand the extremes in temperatures, rainfall, and even frost.  IT was a pretty long season and a hot one and therefore the corn did well as did the squash.  I had a 24 lb. zucchini looking butternut squash and the Fairytale and Galeux de L’Esines pumpkins did very well also.  Beans and peas were good producers despite the weedy conditions foisted upon them and we had a decent harvest of multicolored tomatoes, eggplants and peppers.  The green lentils were abundant and even the cucumbers managed to produce something.  So all in all it was a very forgiving year and I am pleased to announce we have lots of varieties of potatoes and jerusalem artichokes to offer.  I will have some broccoli seed for next year and a few surprises yet to be announced.  Anyone wishing to order seed potatoes now or looking for organic potatoes can give me a call at seven-eight-zero, seven-eight-five, two six, two two.  I am out of town currently, back on Oct 15.  So here is what I have that is new:

Danish – medium sized, white skin, white flesh potato, drier potato

Oma’s Saskatchewan – large white baker, from Seed saver in Saskatchewan, from her grandmother’s heritage varieties.

Egypt – oblong white skin, white flesh, multipurpose, did well in drought

Ukrainian – flattish, white baking and perogy potato, white skin and flesh

Irish cobbler – whiteish yellow flesh, good all round potato from Ireland

Warba’s (similar to Raymond’s Russian) – see below

Raymond’s Russian – medium rounded, white with deep pink eyes, moist potato, land race variety

Green Mountain – big white good keepers, multipurpose potato

Nooksack – brown netted skin, white flesh, moister type baking and fry potato.  From the Nooksak Native tribe

Tolaas – white skin, white flesh, moist multipurpose potato.  From a potato fanatic friend.

Fianna – white skin and flesh, Irish variety from my worldwide travelling potato friend.

Chaleur – good producer of white skin, white flesh rounded potatoes that are mid-season and good keepers.

Wendy’s Purple – purple skin and white flesh, good sized oblong tubers, good producer, multipurpose potato

Caribe – A medium to large white fleshed, purple skinned potato for baking and fries.  Good perogy potato.

Purple chief – Like a chieftain, only darker red skin, almost purple.

Chieftain – Red skin, white flesh, early for boiling, baking, potato salad

Pontiac – prolific producer of red skinned, white fleshed early potatoes

Norland – red skin, white flesh, round and large early potatoes

NorDonna – good producer, comparable to Red Norland, better if irrigated.  It is oblong, no dry hollow centers and red skin and white smooth flesh. A recent introduction.

Heather’s Red – probably a Viking with good sized red tubers of excellent quality, deep skin color and white flesh.  Keeps well for a red potato.

Sangre – red skin, white flesh, drier red type and early potato

Bintje – huge producer of medium to large sized white skin, white flesh bakers.  Not too dry, mid to late season, but worth the wait.

Agria – large sized, good producer, white flesh and round to oblong.  Multipurpose.

Red Cloud – med to small red skin, white flesh, fluffy baking potato

Red Gold – red skin, golden flesh, small to medium round, moist flesh type.

Yukon gold – tan skin, gold flesh, moist potatoes

Onaway – white skin and flesh, sometimes deep eyes and misshapen, heritage variety for early fresh eating.

Shepody – oblong white skin and flesh tubers, medium to large.  Good producer, multiuse.

All red – red skin, red flesh, fun baking, boiling and mashing, remains pink color

All Purple – purple skin and flesh that hangs around in the bowl when cooked.  Large sized tubers, good producer.

Early Ohio – an early white skin white flesh baker and for boiling.

Red Finger – a larger type oblong red skin, white flesh potato.  moist and good for use with skin on.

Lorette Fingerling – white skin and yellowish flesh, good for baking whole or split fries, limited offering

French Fingerling – Red skin, whitish flesh, moist fingerling.

Pink Fir Apple- or pink rose or fingerling, an excellent fingerling potato, pink skin, yellowish flesh, moist and waxy

Yellow finger – late producer of an abundance of yellow skin and flesh waxy fingerling potatoes, does better with ample hilling and water.

I think that is all I can offer.

I have these Jerusalem Artichokes

Passamasquoddy Potatoes – abundant producer of good sized red skinned round squat tubers.

Clearwater – ivory skin, white flesh, squat good sized tubers

Skorospelka – High yielder from Russia, rose/pink skin, white flesh, good sized, excellent

Stampede – yellow skin, white flesh, high yields and fairly smooth for first couple of years.

Beaver Valley Purple – long purple tubers, getting quite big if left in place for 2 years.  Good producer. White crisp flesh.

Corlis Bolton Haynes – white round tubers of good overwintering survival in the soil, similar to Carmen but more knobs.  Good size if left until after first snowfall.

Carmen Heirloom – white roundish tubers of good size,  tend to get overcrowded on one stem.

That is all for now,

thanks, Denise

Fall 2014

My apologies to all who have been trying to reach me through this blog.  I have inadvertently locked myself out of my site on my home computer, so until I get that fixed I have trouble reaching you all to update the page.  I can be reached directly at smileyo at xplornet dot ca if you are looking for a quicker response.  I am currently working on another abunadh site that will have online shopping capability but time is limited at this time of year.

I have garlic available this year in very limited quantities.  Bulbs are $4 each plus shipping.  Varieties available are as listed below:

Korean Purple – 6-10 medium sized, deep purple skinned cloves.  Good keepers, great hot flavor.

Hutterite Purple – 4-6 large cloves per head, purple skins. Med. hot flavor.  Good keeper.

Polish Jenn – 4-6 cloves of good sized, light pink skins, good holding ability over winter and medium hot spicy flavor.

Ukrainian Mavniv – 4-6 large cloves per head.  Heads are light pink/purple tinged, store well and of great med-hot flavor.

Ukrainian Hot – 6-12 medium sized cloves, tinged deep pink/purple with excellent hot garlic flavor. Keeps well over winter, but tends to sprout earlier than others.

BC Sicilian – 10-15 flattish medium sized cloves in a loose squat, large head.  White skins, good flavor, milder than others. Keeps ok.

The orders will be placed first come, first served with a limit of one head of each type for now.

I will also have many new potatoes and Jerusalem Artichokes if anyone is interested and will update in the next week.  I will also post the new site when it is ready, so keep posted and thanks for your patience.

Talk to you soon,

Denise

New for 2014 Not in Catalogue

Hi everyone;

Well, I inevitably leave out a few things in the catalogue listing every year, so here is a supplemental list.

Carrots:

  1. Brilliance – a coreless variety that just happens to be high in beta-carotene content, making these very deep orange, as well as healthy! Nantes type.
  2. St. Valery – Old french heirloom praised for its superb quality, fine flavor and high yields. Large scarlet roots that can reach more than 25 cm long. Shape is straight and uniform. Diameter at the base: 5 to 7 cm. Thick flesh, fine grained. Rich, sweet flavor. For fresh use or conservation. Contains the highest percentage of the amino acid arginine. 70-80 days. From France, 19th century.
  3. Snow White – Pretty white roots with green shoulders. Compared to other whites…very mild and sweet. Nice raw or cooked. Very worth trying. 75-80 days.
  4. Kuroda – oriental variety. Giant tapered roots, about 7” long & 2 – 3” wide. Disease and heat resistant. Roots mature to 500g (1lb) or larger, without losing sweetness and flavor. Should be seeded thinly right from the start. Does exceptionally well in all soils. 70 days.
  5. Belgium White – Records indicate this one has been in existence since mid 1800’s. It has very long roots (often over 1 ft !) which push themselves out of the ground several inches and thus form green shoulders. Roots are not as sweet (great for diabetic diets) or as much flavor as the orange roots, but produce very well. Stores well. 85 days.
  6. Sweet mix is back.  A good mix of long sweet types, all orange.

Lentils – Green – traditional use in Asian and Indian dishes, soups and stews.  Great addition of fibre to the diet.  Can also be sprouted.  Grows well on the prairies.  75 days.

Alfalfa – Non-GMO is becoming more endangered.  Grow one of these plants in a perennial place and harvest the abundance of seeds for sprouting or just to become a source for non-GM seed.  All colors and a sweet fragrance in summer that hummingbirds and bees love.  Makes a nice summer bouquet also.  Great nitrogen fixer, but beware, it will be there for years.

Swiss Chard – Rainbow mix – all colors of chard. Limited quantities.

Kale – I have Russian Red, Green Curled and Dinosaur in limited quantities.

Jerusalem Artichoke tubers are available in the spring.  Email for varieties.

If I come across more, I will let you all know,

Thanks, Denise

 

 

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.

Denise