My sister and I chose our seeds from the heirloom seed house and plant nursery, The Cottage Gardener in Newtonville, Ontario. It was important to us to choose heirloom and organic varieties.
It would have been easy to go crazy and pick one of everything, but we had to realize that we can't start everything from seed. I simply don't have the space, and as Anne Marie said, not everything does as well from seed. So, I'll be hitting the nurseries, including my usual spots–the heirloom vendors at the Evergreen Brickworks Farmer's Market and Richters–for the seedlings of the veggies I'm not starting early.
But back to my seeds. My choices include cosmos, one of my favourite flowers, and experiments like white-stemmed pak choy and Detroit dark red beet. My sister chose a lot of herbs, which I'm game to try out, as well. Here is a list of what we're planting:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Florence Fennel
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ English Thyme
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Black Calypso Beans
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Common Chives
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Roman Chamomile
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Champion Collards
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Black Hungarian Hot Peppers
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Detroit Dark Red Beet
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ White-Stemmed Pak Choy
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Mesclun mix (a gift from Canadian Gardening writer Lorraine Flanigan)