I ordered seeds from Salt Spring Seeds this year. Elaine in Vancouver and I have chatted about seeds for the edible balcony garden. She’s planning to go to Seedy Saturday today at the VanDusen Botanical Garden and Salt Spring Seeds will be there.
Salt Spring seeds come from 10 gardens and farms who all grow their own seeds. All seeds are grown organically but only two are certified and their seeds are marked as such. The seeds are untreated, open pollinated and non-GMO and they only sell seeds from their most recent harvest. All good.
Here are my selections.
- Utrecht Blue Wheat
- Arugula (Eruca sativa) Flowers are edible, but I admit I’ve never let arugula get that old.
- Spice-It-Up Salad Blend
- Sapporo Express Peas
- King Tut Soup Pea I selected this one for its show – fragrant pink and purple blossoms followed by purple pods.
- Caruso Beans – Baby filet bean.
- Scarlet Nantes Carrot (Daucus carota) Classic heirloom carrot.
- Early Wonder Tall Top Beet (Beta vulgaris) Good for greens and early beets.
- Pepper Cress (Lepedium sativum) I’ll be get’n my vitamins from this one – iron, calcium, folic acid, vitamins A and C.
- Greek Cress (Lepidium sativum) Frilly and fancy
- Gerard’s Cress
- New Zealand Spinach ( Tetragonia tetragonioides) But not a real spinach because this one will thrive no less in hot weather.
- and King of Denmark Spinach (Spinacea oleracea)
- I’ve also have these and Dell’s favourite Mesclun Spicy Mix from McKenzie
I’ll be buying tomato, pepper and herb plants, as well as strawberries, Saskatoons and maybe a new blueberry bush if I can find one. That’s a great start for this year’s balcony garden. And there’s action on other balconies and small space gardens.
Bucolic Bushwick has ordered her seeds. Prue in Melbourne is well into another amazing harvest on her balcony. Sue’s balcony is waking up in Milan and the garlic is sprouting. Dirt Gently in Montreal is busy sowing and Dirt Gently and Helen and Sarah in Toronto have winter seeded as well. Marie is back in New York and has hatched her plans to refresh the terrace. Barry has Narcissus blooming in the green house. And Gayla is moving to TV with her new garden and book.
Gardening activities are heating up. Hope the weather here does the same.