Strathcona 1890 - Seed Collections
Strathcona 1890 - Seed Collections
Strathcona 1890 - Seed Collections
Strathcona 1890 - Seed Collections

Strathcona 1890 - Seed Collections

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Beautiful, non-GMO seeds from Strathcona 1890. Perfect for new to experienced gardeners, great to give as a gift.

BEE BOUQUET

A blend of nectar and pollen flowers for honey bees, native bees, bumble bees, and other pollinators, delightfully packaged in a glassine envelope with a artfully, illustrated label.

This mix of low-maintenance perennials and reseeding annual wildflowers contains: Chinese Forget-Me-Not, California Poppy, Baby Blue-Eyes, Purple Coneflower, Blue Flax, Corn Poppy, Lance-leaved Coreopsis, Siberian Wallflower, Annual Gaillardia, China Aster, Globe Gilia, Tidy Tips, White Rockcress, Plains Coreopsis, Sweet Alyssum, New England Aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, Aspen Daisy, Bergamot, Lavender Hyssop, and Forget-Me-Not.

Planting Instructions

Direct seed (recommended): Prepare weed-free field or bed area. Broadcast (lightly toss) mixture evenly over area. Lightly rake seed and gently tamp into soil or spread a thin layer of soil over the seeds. Seed should be no deeper than 1/8". Keep area moist to aid germination. Plant in late spring, after last frost, early summer or fall. Fall seeding can be very successful, especially in dry soils. Fall plantings are "dormant seeds" so the seeds will not germinate until spring.

EASY PEASY

Perfect for people who suffer from fear of germination.

This heirloom collection has Scarlet Runner Beans (circa 1640) and Dwarf Grey Sugar Peas (circa 1892)

These are super easy to grow. You can also use the flowers as edible flowers in salads, on cheeses or as a garnish. In fact you can also eat the leaves of the pea plant. An interesting way to dress up any meal.

Planting instructions

Peas are a cool weather crop. If the soil workable you can plant as early as February for a late spring harvest. Midsummer pickings are not as prolific as earlier harvests. If you are planting later you may want to put them in a cooler spot that is partially shady.

In well-drained soil, sow 1-1 1/2" apart in a 3" band (25 seeds/ft.), 1/2-1" deep. Do not thin. Use a trellis to keep vines upright, easy to pick and off the ground where they are less likely to rot if rainy weather coincides with harvest. The best time to install a trellis is at planting time. Normal row spacing is 4-6' for trellised peas. Harvest when peas enlarge in the pods. Note - because these are not a tall variety you could also plant them in a hanging basket for some edible interest (maybe with nasturtiums and calendula).

Beans (the larger seeds) can be started indoors or direct seeded into your outdoor planter. Because they are quite tall (up to 96 inches) you need a deep pot (about 14 inches) and a trellis for them to grow up (or you can let them weave through deck railings etc). 

You can sow Runner Bean seed directly in the ground outdoors from May to July. Sow them at a depth of 1.5" and a distance of 8" - 10" apart.

You can pinch out the growing tips of the plants once the stems reach the tops of their trellis to divert their energy onto producing beans rather than growing tall.

Note for people planting in BC: If we get in to a period of drought, be extremely vigilant about watering.

Edible Flowers

Harvest as buds or as fully open flowers. Unopened buds can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days on slightly damp towel in covered container. Open flowers should be used immediately. To encourage continued flowering keep the peas or beans picked. 

EDIBLE BOUQUET

The Edible Bouquet is a small taste of what we put into our Edible Flowers collection.

It contains Calendula, Nasturtiums and Borage. 

In the world of edible annual flowers, nasturtiums are one of the tastiest and easiest to grow. 

While most edible flowers have a subtle flavor, nasturtiums have a stronger peppery taste. Plus, the young leaves are tender and edible as well. Nasturtiums are popular with chefs and home gardeners because their colorful flowers not only dress up a plate, they're high in vitamins A, C (10 times as much as lettuce), and D.

Borage is a wonderful plant to have around the garden. Borage also known as starflower or cornflower, bee bush, bee bread, and bugloss, is a medicinal herb with edible leaves and flowers.

With a taste like cucumber, borage has various culinary applications. The leaves can be used as a salad green and the flowers as edible decorations, but to stop there would be an insult to the wide variety of uses for borage. This herb can be used in soups, salads, preserves, various sauces, cooked as a stand-alone vegetable, or used in desserts in the form of fresh or candied flowers, to name a few.

This herb is also the highest known plant source of gamma-linolenic acid and a source of B vitamins, beta-carotene, fiber, choline, and trace minerals. 

Calendula are a wonderful edible flower. Flavors range from spicy to bitter, tangy to peppery. Their sharp taste resembles saffron (also known as Poor Man’s Saffron). They have pretty petals in golden-orange hues. Sprinkle them on soups, pasta or rice dishes, herb butters, and salads. Petals add a yellow tint to soups, spreads, and scrambled eggs. Only the pedals are edible.

MICROGREENS
Our Custom Blend of Microgreen Seeds including radishes, mustards, cress and lettuces.