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Leaf Crops


Most of these plants are leafy, however we are extending leafy to include edible stalks/stems (eg. celery and chard) and swollen stems (eg. kohl rabi) as well. You will find Spinach in the Chenopodium family and everything else should be fairly straight forward. Most leaf crops appreciate or even prefer some shade, cool moist weather is ideal for these plants. Edible flowers are here because petals are simply a kind of specialized leaf after all!

Lovage

Lovage is a perennial celery. The flavour is strong and the stalks are tough, but it is great for flavouring soups, stews, and cooking with beans.

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Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil (C) is an annual herb with large aromatic green leaves and white flowers. Use fresh leaves to make pesto. Basil is great paired with any tomato dish, chopped fine in salads or in salad dressing. To preserve basil’s fresh flavour, blend with some olive oil and freeze in ice cube trays. Pop them out of the ice cube trays once frozen and store in a bag in the freezer.

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Purple Basil

Purple Basil (C) is an annual herb with purple ruffled leaves and pink flowers. It is fragrant, tasty (with a hint of anise flavour), and ornamental. It also seems to be slower to bolt than the green basil. Use fresh leaves to make pesto. Basil is great paired with any tomato dish, chopped fine in salads or in salad dressing. To preserve basil’s fresh flavour, blend with some olive oil and freeze in ice cube trays. Pop them out of the ice cube trays once frozen and store in a container in the freezer.

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Holy Basil/Tulsi

Holy Basil is a sweetly fragrant, bushy perennial grown as an annual in cold climates. Purple or white flowers, sometimes purpllish-tinted foliage. Held sacred by Hindus and grown around temples. Leaves are used in salads and sometimes medicinally. It is also called tulsi and is used for tea.

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Summer Savory

Summer Savory tends to be a self-seeding annual. Direct seed in the garden or start as a bedding plant. Leaves are used in all bean dishes.

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Greek Oregano

Greek Oregano (C) is a perennial but not usually winter hardy in Saskatchewan. It has a strong aromatic flavour and is used in all pasta and tomato dishes. The plant can be overwintered in a pot in the house.

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Sage

Sage (C) is a perennial but not winter hardy in Saskatchewan. It has large rough-textured grey-green leaves. Used as a seasoning for meat, fowl, sausages, and especially turkey stuffing. The plant can be overwintered in a pot in the house.

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Thyme

Thyme (C) is a perennial but not winter hardy in Saskatchewan. It has tiny purplish flowers on an almost woody plant to about one foot. Used in stuffings and sauces, and with fish, meat, sausages, and beans. The plant can be overwintered in a pot in the house.

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Lavender

Lavender has grey-green plants with lavender flowers and a delightful fragrance. Cold stratify and likes cool temperatures for germination. A perennial but not always winter hardy in our climate.

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Borage – Blue Flowered

Borage is a coarse, hairy plant growing 2’-3’ tall. It is a very good bee plant. The mildly cucumber-flavoured leaves can be used in salads, and the flowers can be floated on cold drinks. Readily self seeds. This crop is also grown in Saskatchewan on a field scale for its seeds rich in gamma-linolenic acid. This sample is mainly blue-flowered but may contain the occasional white-flowered plant.

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Borage – White Flowered

Borage is a coarse, hairy plant growing 2’-3’ tall. It is a very good bee plant. The mildly cucumber-flavoured leaves can be used in salads, and the flowers can be floated on cold drinks. Readily self seeds. This crop is also grown in Saskatchewan on a field scale for its seeds rich in gamma-linolenic acid. This sample is mainly white-flowered but may contain the occasional blue-flowered plant.

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Yellow Globe Danvers

Yellow Globe Danvers (1865) is a large round yellow onion that is a good winter keeper.

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Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Onion – Red Baron

Red Baron Onion is described as a red bunching onion. In reality, it is an Allium cepa (bulb onion), not an Allium fistulosum (bunching onion), but it is very slow growing and in the first year from seed only produced a minimal amount of bunching onions. Jim was so disappointed in it that he didn’t harvest anything, and all the plants survived the winter outdoors. In the second year, they produced large deep red bulbs and seed (some produced both bulbs and seed but not all). Jim harvested all the seed and the bulbs and replanted the bulbs in the spring of 2017, from which he harvested a good amount of seed last fall. He also grew a row from seed and again the onions remained small and have been left in the garden to overwinter. For those who want to try this interesting onion, we are offering 1g packets.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Evergreen White Bunching Onion

Evergreen White Bunching is a perennial that produces green onions the first year from seed. Roots left in the ground over the winter produce clumps of early green onions. Photo is of first spring green onions harvested mid-May from plants left in the ground over winter.

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Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Chives

Chives have round hollow green leaves with a mild onion flavour and are used in salads. The mauve flowers are also used as an edible garnish.

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Leek – Giant Musselburgh

Leeks have a very mild onion taste. They are slow growing so should be started early as a bedding plant. Once transplanted into the garden leeks need a lot of water. Giant Musselburgh (C) is an heirloom that was introduced in 1834, near Edinburgh, Scotland. It is known for its huge size and winter hardiness.

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Spilanthes – Toothache Plant

Toothache plant is a sprawling plant growing about a foot tall with red and yellow petalless flowers. Leaves may be put in salads in small quantities and are often used to numb toothaches (by biting on some leaves or a flower).

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Calendula – Mix

Calendula or Pot Marigold usually blooms in a mixture of yellow and orange shades. This selection also has some darker shades and contrasting centres. The flowers have been used for centuries in cooking (hence pot marigold), dying, and in skin ointments.

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Calendula – Flashback Mix

Flashback Mix has red or maroon backs on the petals. The upward facing side may be orange, apricot, peach, vanilla or yellow with sometimes several colours on one flower. The flowers close in the evening showing off the red backs.

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Chamomile – German

German Chamomile is a 1’-2’ self seeding annual with finely divided leaves. The white inch wide daisies with yellow centres are sweet scented and used to make a relaxing tea.

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Signet Marigold – Lemon Gem

Signet Marigold produces a low mound of lacy foliage covered by hundreds of small single flowers. Lemon Gem has lemon-yellow flowers and the whole plant is lemon scented. The flowers are a lovely addition to salads. Blooms from early summer to frost. Direct seed or start as bedding plants.

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Signet Marigold – Gem Mix

Signet Marigolds produce a low mound of lacy foliage covered by hundreds of small single flowers. The whole plant is scented and the flowers are a lovely addition to salads. Blooms from early summer to frost. Direct seed or start as bedding plants. Gem Mix includes flowers in a wide range of yellows and browns.

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Nasturtium – Alaska Mix

Nasturtium, a Peruvian native, has been grown in gardens for a very long time. The shield-shaped leaves have a tangy, cress-like flavour and are used in salads. Flowers are also eaten and buds and seeds can be pickled. The original nasturtiums were long trailing plants but we are offering two compact varieties. Alaska Mix has variegated foliage marked with creamy white and flowers in a range of reds, oranges, and yellows.

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Nasturtium – Empress of India

Nasturtium, a Peruvian native, has been grown in gardens for a very long time. The shield-shaped leaves have a tangy, cress-like flavour and are used in salads. Flowers are also eaten and buds and seeds can be pickled. The original nasturtiums were long trailing plants but we are offering two compact varieties. Empress of India has dark bluish-green foliage with flowers of an intense crimson-scarlet and dates back to the late 1800’s.

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Edible Nasturtium

This nasturtium is a compact plant with blue-green shield shaped leaves and red flowers. The leaves have a tangy, cress-like flavour and are used in salads. Flowers are also eaten and buds and seeds can be pickled.

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