2021 Garden Seedling Fundraiser: We have a small supply of garden tomatoes, peppers and herbs all ready for your kitchen garden. All are heirloom varieties and the seeds are open-pollinated, so they can be saved and you can have your own seed supply for years to come.
This year seems to have brought people back to their gardens and many seed companies were running full tilt to keep up with orders and some even sold out. Food security ultimately depends on a secure seed supply. We are happy to be growing a seed garden here in Knowlesville and making seeds available for free through the seed library here and at the LP Fischer Library in Woodstock.
By buying seedlings from our seed sale, 100% of the money goes back to supporting our seed garden, seed libraries and our children’s garden. This year, we are also encouraging everyone to help seed save and will send tips to anyone who decides to participate.
Here is our list of available varieties:
2021 Heirloom Tomato Varieties:
- Yellow Pear Tomato (YP): the Yellow Pear gets its name from its colour and shape. This variety dates back to the 1800s and is a vigorous indeterminate. It produces generously with an abundance of small, yellow pear-shaped tomatoes that are sweet, but mild in flavour. Source: KANC
- Black Cherry: Indeterminate. 75 days. Another favourite! Black Cherry Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes grow on 6 foot plants sporting 1-2” fruit that are so rich with black-fleshed tomato flavour.
- Wentzell Beefsteak Tomato (WB): Huge glorious pink-red fruit. Old family heirloom from New Germany, NS.
- Cosmonaut Volkov Red Tomato (CV): Indeterminate. 75 days. This Ukrainian tomato gets a 9 out of 10! Awesome! The Cosmonaut Volkov Heirloom Tomato is sweet, tangy & delicious! This large red tomato is very fleshy & very juicy. Very productive, 4 foot plants. Called one of the best in the Solar System and we would definitely agree! Source: Artful Acre in Knowlesville
- Mennonite Orange Beefsteak Tomato(MO): Large, richly flavoured beefsteak. Deep orange, with beautiful red marbling. Source: Annapolis Seeds & Hope Seeds & AA
- Cherokee Purple:80 days. An old Cherokee heirloom, pre-1890 variety; beautiful, deep, dusky purple-pink colour, superb sweet flavour, and very-large-sized fruit. Try this one for real old-time tomato flavour.
- Sioux: 70 days. Open Pollinated. Early maturing plant produces high yields of 4 to 6 oz red tomatoes. They are incredible sweet, tangy, and full of those rich complex flavours that make a delicious tomato. Excellent for salads, slicing, sandwiches, and canning. Continues to produce large harvests even in hot weather and dry regions. Heat tolerant. Plant requires support, either staking or cages.
- Black Prince Tomato (BP): A farm favourite, Black Prince Heirloom Tomato plants produce delicious, rich, mahogany brown coloured tomatoes. Amazing flavour! Black Prince Heirloom Tomatoes mature in about 74 days and are an open pollinated tomato variety.
- Black Krim Beefsteak Tomato (BK): HEIRLOOM. Medium-sized, very dark maroon beefsteak, with wonderfully rich flavour. Originated in Crimea, a peninsula in the Black Sea with perfect “tomato summers”. Extremely tasty. Source: KANC Saved seed from a few plants.
- Fiaschetto di Manduria (F): 60 days. Fiaschetto is a regional treasure of Puglia in Southeast Italy complete with a designated Slow Food presidia. These small, 2-3 oz, plum-shaped tomatoes with a slight nipple at the blossom end hang like grapes from the bushy determinate plants. Juicier than most roma types but still a good canner, especially for smooth, creamy sauce.
- Depp’s Pink Firefly Tomato (DP): Huge beefsteak fruits have soft yellow speckles (fireflies) on the shoulders. Some fruits are smooth and many are lumpy and segmented. All of them are delicious! 4’ vines. Source: Annapolis Seeds.
- Red Beefsteak (RBR): Heirloom Beefsteak’ – this indeterminate tomato (individual fruits ripen successively over many days) remains our most popular main season tomato – mostly because of its consistent performance and heavy yields! Large solid fruits weighing up to 260g (9oz) are a rich red colour. (62 days to harvest)
2021 Peppers Varieties:
1. Jimmy Nardello Italian Pepper (Capsicum annuum): This fine Italian pepper was grown each year by Giuseppe and Angella Nardiello at their garden in the village of Ruoti, in Southern Italy. In 1887 they set sail with their one-year-old daughter Anna for a new life in the U.S. When they reached these shores, they settled and gardened in Naugatuck, Connecticut, and grew this same pepper that was named for their fourth son, Jimmy. This long, thin-skinned frying pepper dries easily and has such a rich flavour that this variety has been placed in “The Ark of Taste” by the Slow Food organization. Ripens to a deep red, is very prolific, and does well in most areas.
2. Karma Sweet Pepper 80 days.Italian type, orange red sweet pepper. Smooth walled, 6-7” long, sweet salad, frying or roasting pepper. ‘Karma’ comes out of ‘Stocky Red Roaster’ heritage, with selection for bright vs. dark red at maturity, a broader-flatter crown, and more 3-lobed fruits that make large straight peppers.
2021 Garden Perennials:
1. Oregano (Origanum vulgare): True oregano plant varieties are members of the Origanum genus within the mint family. This is the familiar herb used on pizzas and in tomato sauces. It is a perennial, so it’ll grow back year after year and should be planted in a sunny spot with well-drained soil.
2. Lovage (Levisticum officinale): Lovage is a tall herb with a flavor similar to celery. It’s a perennial with edible roots and stems as well as leaves and seeds that can be used to season your meals. They like partial shade and moist, but well-drained, soil.
3. Rhubarb: Rhubarb is a perennial with large dark green leaves and edible stalks that range from light green to red in colour. They have a tart flavour and are often cooked to make desserts such as rhubarb crumble, jams, or sweet soups. The plant enjoys a cool climate with compost or manure rich soil.
4. Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana): Horseradish is a root vegetable with a strong spicy flavor and a touch of sweetness. The white root is often grated up and used as a condiment. It is also good in soups and salads. The leaves are also edible. Horseradish is a hardy plant that doesn’t require much care, though it does prefer well-drained soil. You can harvest in late fall or early spring.
You can stop by this Monday to Friday between 9:00 am – 4:30 pm or email to Tegan at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pick up.