Mental health resources in Niagara:
CMHA Niagara: 905-641-5222
COAST Niagara crisis line: 1-866-550-5205
Distress Centre Niagara: 905-688-3711
Greens: rainbow chard • edible Chrsyanthemums (Shungiku) • giant red mustard • lettuce (mixed) • lettuce (Royal Red) • rapini
Peppers: Buena Mulata (hot, purple) • Cayenne • Chinese Five-Colour (small, hot) • Jalapeno • Jimmy Nardello (long, red, sweet) • yellow lunchbox peppers (sweet)
Squash: bitter gourd (karela) • Butternut • Crapshoot squash (tags were mixed while drying: could be any edible squash) • Delicata • gourds (mixed small decorative) • Patty Pan • pumpkin • Cocozelle zucchini (green striped)
Other: Daikon radish • eggplant (small) • Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify • tomatillos
Fruit: ground cherries • garden huckleberries • Litchi tomatoes (spiky and sweet) • melon pears (Tzimbalo)
Herbs: chives • coriander • dill • shiso (Perilla)
Flowers: Black-eyed Susans • Celosia (Cockscomb) • Four O’Clocks • Marsh Mallow • poppies • spider flower (cleome hassleriana)
Tomatoes: Black Cherry • Black Prince • Brad’s Atomic Grape • Coyote (very small, yellow) • Eva Purple Ball • Florentine Beauty • Hazel Mae • Jaune Flamme • Pink Tie-Dye • Pink Bumble-Bee
Tomatoes: Blush, Brad's Atomic Grape, Peacevine Cherry, Pink Bumblebee, San Marzano, Yellow Pear, Yellow Ping Pong
Peppers: Black Hungarian, Cherry Bomb, Black Habanero, Buena Mulata, Chinese 5-Colour, Chocolate Habanero, Hungarian Hot Wax, Orange Habanero, Spicy Golden Lantern, Violet Sparkle Pepper
Other: Chickpea of Spello, Litchi tomatoes, Melon Pear (Tzimbalo), shiso, caraway
Slightly Unreliable Seeds began during the summer of 2019, when I was recovering from a nervous breakdown and dealing with complex PTSD. Saving seeds from my urban garden “farm” in NotL was a form of therapy. Knowing I would be sharing them with people who are passionate—or at least curious—about growing food helped me to move beyond the tiny, limiting sphere of my mental health issues by imagining people all over Niagara (and beyond) experiencing the great joy and satisfaction of growing their own delicious things.
Expect to find surprises: chaff, pet hairs, a few confused seeds.
Because the saving of these seeds played a part in saving my sanity, a percentage of the proceeds of sales will go toward the support of mental health and wellness in Niagara.
Slightly Unreliable Seeds are available at the St Catharines farmers market on occasional Saturdays, as well as at The Grove farm shop in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Post Office by Shannon Passero in Thorold. More locations coming soon (suggestions are welcome). Orders can also be placed via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All seeds packets are $2.50 per; almost all contain 25+ seeds. NOW AVAILABLE: Pay-it-forward seeds! If you'd like to donate seeds to local community gardens, select and pay for, or just pay for seeds, and I will deliver them to the charities with which I have made arrangements. You have the option of adding a message with the seeds as well.
Many more seeds and details to come. Click on image for growing info.
Disclaimer: Due to my lack of understanding of iCloud functionality, I have had to borrow some of the images below. I have also used various websites as resources for planting and growing information, and am grateful for their expertise.