30 + seeds per pack
Boothby’s Blonde Cucumber Cucumis sativus 65 days. A very unique heirloom cuke originating in Livermore Maine where the Boothby family maintained it for many generations. A very abundant producer of unique looking creamy-yellow (blonde) cukes with tiny black spines. The fruits are sweet, crisp and delicate with thin skins that don’t require peeling. Great for containers or patio gardening.
Bushy Cucumber C. sativus 50 days. A rare cultivar from Russia where it was a mainstay in kitchen gardens or ‘Dacha’s’. Brought to North America in the early nineties by Seedsavers Exchange in the US. Produces early bumper crops of multipurpose cukes – fresh eating or pickling. Short vines and trouble-free growing make this variety ideal for home gardeners.
De Bourbonne Pickling Cucumber C. sativus 55 days. An old French heirloom variety from the 1800’s that earned a reputation for making the distinct crunchy cornichons so popular in traditional French cuisine. The high yielding vines produce loads of tiny 2 inch fruits. Picked at finger size, they are unmatched for crisp cornichons. Let them get a little bigger and they are ideally suited to bread and butter pickles.
Mexican Sour Gherkin Melothria scabra 65 days. Also known as “Mouse-melon”. A newly rediscovered heirloom, originating in Mexico and Central America. Copious quantities of mini “watermelons”, tasting like cucumbers that have already been pickled. Vines are wispy though rampant, and benefit from trellising. Crunchy texture adds zing to summer salads.
Shintokiwa Asian Cucumber C. sativus 75 days. Smooth skinned, long slender cuke resembling English cucumbers. Sweet and crisp with no bitterness. Benefits from trellising, which produces straighter fruits. Resembles Suyo Long, but more productive, uniform and disease resistant. First introduced in North America by Turtle Tree Seeds.
Super Zagross cucumber C. sativus 55 days. Very productive Lebanese style cuke, with thin skins, no bitterness and small seed cavities when picked at appropriate size. Ideal for home gardeners because it keeps producing as long as you keep picking! Benefits from vertical support on a trellis for straighter fruits and less disease exposure.
Tante Alice Cucumber C. sativus 70 days. An early producing authentic “terroir” variety from Québec. Well adapted to our climate, disease-tolerant and very productive. Cukes are smooth skinned and can also be used for pickling at the early stage. This variety originated from Mrs. Alice Gosselin of Dorchester, Qué. And was rescued from obscurity by Seeds of Diversity Canada.
Petit Gris de Rennes Muskmelon Cucumis melo 85 days Said to be the “Champagne of French heirloom melons”, this unassuming little grey melon is one of the sweetest and most aromatic you can grow. Dating back over 400 years, it was once a staple of French market gardeners. Dense, peachy orange flesh has incomparable sweetness. Fruits are ripe when blossom end softens to the touch and colour changes to a golden tan.
Cream of Saskatchewan Watermelon Citrullus lanatus 80 days. A small (6-10 pounds) family-sized watermelon with sweet, juicy cream-coloured flesh. Said to have been brought to Saskatchewan by Ukranian immigrants early in the 20th century. Very well adapted to cool, short-season northern gardening climates. Because of the thin rind, this variety cracks easily after harvest if bumped or knocked too harshly - not a problem for home gardeners! Performs well hanging on trellises.
Small Shining Light Watermelon Citrullus lanatus 80 – 90 days A standout in our gardens in 2016! This Russian heirloom was introduced to north America only in 1991. Round fruits 8 to 12 inches in diameter. Thin dark green rinds, bright red, sweet flesh. Adapted to northern, short-season climates. Keeps well after harvest.
Burpee’s Butterbush Winter Squash C. moschata 90 days Butternut squash are the BEST squash! Hands down! But they can be long to mature in northern zones. Burpee’s short-season maturity is a solution for those who love butternuts but have trouble getting mature fruits in a short season. Space-saving compact habit is ideal for those lacking space. Dependable, reliable and sweeter than most others. Deep orange flesh like a sweet potato.
Green Hubbard Winter Squash 100+ days to maturity. Large fruits weighing in from 8 to 12 pounds. Flesh is yellow-orange, dense and creamy. Superb storage quality, keeping easily until Spring under good conditions. Native to North America.
Sucrine du Berry Winter Squash C. moschata 100 days. A traditional heirloom butternut variety from central France. Delicious, sweet red-orange flesh, with skin ripening from dull-green to tan-orange toward the end of the season. Be sure to cure in a well-ventilated and warm spot in autumn to ensure long winter storage.
Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato Winter Squash C. pepo 85-95 days. A high-yielding and unique acorn-type heirloom squash from Missouri. The skin is an orange-gold colour, and the flesh has an agreeable buttery-soft texture and incomparable nutty sweetness. Well adapted to our northern conditions, with long rambling vines loaded with fruit. Very reliable and disease-resistant. Versatile in the kitchen – great baked, in soups or for making a delicious jam.
Uncle David’s Dakota Dessert Winter Squash C. maxima 95 days. A buttercup type winter squash developed by farmer breeder David Podoll in North Dakota by selecting over decades for superior fruit. Selected for good colour, sweet taste, vigour and hardiness under northern growing conditions. Very thick walled fruit with small seed cavities. Vining habit.
Waltham Butternut Winter Squash C. moschata 100 days. A popular & long-keeping variety originally bred in Waltham, Massachusetts in the late 1960’s. Large, uniform 4-5 pound fruits are hard, finely-textured and flavourful. An old standby for dependable winter squash.