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Canadian Seed Suppliers list

February 18th, 2008, 11:30 AM
Well I thought I'd share some of the fruits of my many hours of labor searching online for some of the best Canadian seed suppliers out there. The majority of the websites say they offer free catalogs. Also most of what's listed below are sources of organic or heirloom varieties.

Personally I've decided to stay away from the other popular seed companies and instead concentrate on collecting, growing and sharing as many heirloom, open-pollinated, non-GMO vegetable as possible. If anyone has read about Monsanto, then you'll understand why. They are quickly buying up rights to most seeds, altering the genes and creating plants that do not produce viable seed and so farmers are unable to do the age old method of saving seeds and are then stuck re-ordering seeds from Monsanto every year. Those seeds are called "Terminator" seeds.

So anyway.. here are some links to non-GMO, heirloom vegetable seeds. Most ship only within Canada.

February 18th, 2008, 11:40 AM
Thanks CearaQC, hours of fun. Have you started your tomatoes yet? I'm dithering.

February 18th, 2008, 01:50 PM
Not yet. :sad: Not a good idea around here to do that until week of April 6-12. Will have about 8 varieties this year, most are new that I got through trading. San Marzano, Classica, Mortgage Lifter, Purple Prince, Brandywine, yellow paste, orange paste, and one more that we don't have yet. One of the white ones on those websites look interesting. Never ate a white tomato before. Probably will have 40 paste tomato plants, since most of it will end up as sauce in a jar.

Our frost free dates are average 6/7 to 9/15. Short, eh? There's folk lore around here to never start outdoor seeds until after the full moon in June. Stuff like beans. I have seen other people's gardens where they did follow that rule and their bush beans were bigger than ours that were planted earlier.

I got smart this year and have a whole chart of when to start, when to harden off and when to transplant and when to seed directly outdoors.