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 • curly cress • edible chrysanthemums (Shungiku) (large and small)• giant red mustard • lettuce (mixed) • lettuce (Royal Red) • rapini • spinach
Peppers: Antoni sweet Hungarian • black pepper (hot, mysterious) • Buena Mulata (hot, purple) • chiluacle negro • Chinese five-colour (small, hot) • golden lunchbox peppers (sweet) • habanero • jalapeno • Jimmy Nardello (long, red, sweet) • poblano • sweet point (small, sweet)
Squash: ***Caution: some squash may have hybridized with other nearby squash, and so may be... slightly unreliable. ;) *** bitter gourd (karela) • butternut • Cinderella pumpkin (pink) • cucamelons/mouse melons • crapshoot squash (tags were mixed while drying: could be any edible squash) • delicata • gourds (mixed small decorative) • luffa (yes, those things you use in the shower that so many of us somehow believed grew underwater) • patty pan • Cocozelle zucchini (green striped)
Other: chickpea of spello • daikon radish • eggplant (small) • Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify • tomatillos
Melons: ***Caution: some melons may have hybridized with other nearby melons, and so may be... slightly unreliable. ;) *** kalo watermelon • kijari melon • Queen Anne's pocket melon (not delicious, but beautifully fragrant)
Other fruit: garden huckleberries • litchi tomatoes (spiky and sweet) • melon pears (Tzimbalo)
Herbs: basil • caraway • chives • cilantro/coriander • dill • garlic chives • parsley • shiso (perilla)
Flowers: allium • black-eyed Susans • celosia (cockscomb) • four o’clocks • marsh mallow • poppies • spider flower (cleome hassleriana)
Tomatoes: black cherry • Brad’s atomic grape • coyote (very small, yellow) • cherry toms (red, unnamed) • Florentine beauty • Hazel Mae • indigo cherry drop • jaune flamme • Juliet • Kryptonite • limetto • orange cerise • peach • pink tie-dye • pink bumble-bee • Thai pink egg • yellow pear • yellow ping pong
POTENTIAL AVAILABLE SEEDLINGS (tbd, in spring):
Tomatoes: Brad's Atomic Grape, pink bumblebee, yellow pear, yellow ping pong
Peppers: black Hungarian, buena mulata, Chinese 5-colour, Violet Sparkle Pepper
Other: Chickpea of Spello, Litchi tomatoes, Melon Pear (Tzimbalo), shiso, caraway
TO ORDER SEEDS: Email email@example.com, or send me a direct message via Facebook or Instagram. Offering porch pick-up/delivery in Niagara; seeds can also be mailed within Canada for a small fee.
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 Niagara-on-the-Lake 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 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 20+ 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.
More seeds and details to come. Click on image for details and 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.