Strathcona 1890 - Seed Collections in Tins
Strathcona 1890 - Seed Collections in Tins
Strathcona 1890 - Seed Collections in Tins
Strathcona 1890 - Seed Collections in Tins

Strathcona 1890 - Seed Collections in Tins

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


The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years. Many cultures use flowers in their traditional cooking such as squash blossoms in Italian food or rose petals in Indian food. Adding flowers to your food can be a nice way to add color, flavour and, depending on your mood, a touch of whimsy or elegance. Some flowers are are nutty or spicy, and some herbacious, while others are floral and fragrant. 

It’s not uncommon to see flower petals used in salads, teas (cornflowers are a great addition to Earl Grey) and as garnish for desserts. They are also beautiful in herbal vinegars and salad dressings. Edible flowers also can be used in ice cubes, jellies, marinades, flavoured oils or to enhance the look of entrees and deserts.

Like all plants, be sure to only eat flowers you have grown yourself with no pesticides, or otherwise know to be safe for consumption. If you are uncertain about a species, consult a reference book or reliable website on edible flowers and plants.

Each collection contains:
*1 package of: Johnny Jump Ups (Helen Mount Violas), Borage, Sunshine Flashback Calendula, Cornflower, Scarlet Runner Bean, Alaska Mix Nasturtium.
*Instructions for the picking, preparation and preservation of Edible Flowers
*Recipe for cheese garnished with wine glazed edible flowers
*Planting instructions


For gardens the likes of which no one has seen, including the Joneses next door. 

This collection includes:
*Pattypan Squash (a 400 year old variety), Atomic Red Carrots (first documented in the Middle East  over 1000 years ago), Black Spanish Radishes (the earliest radishes to be cultivated were the black varieties in China), Red Malabar Climbing Spinach, Ground Cherries, Antohi Romainian Peppers.
*Germination Tips & Tricks
*Recipe for pattypan squash stuffed with herbs & garlic 


This is a great collection of tasty herbs with beneficial properties that can be used to enhance your meals. For instance, Calendula is usually used externally for its antiseptic and healing properties in treating skin infections while basil tea is good for stomach cramps and vomiting.

The use of herbs is a time-honoured approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. We have provided some basic information on the known benefits of common herbs.

(Herbs can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should use herbal remedies with care, under the supervision of your health care provider.)

Included in this collection are: 
*Calendula: usually used externally for its antiseptic and healing properties in treating skin infections, cuts, punctures, scrapes, burns and chapped or chafed skin or lips. 
*Basil tea: good for stomach cramps and vomiting. Rub leaves on insect bites to reduce itching.
*Parsley: known to be effective as an alternative treatment for goiter, obesity, bed-wetting, fluid retention, indigestion, gas, menstrual disorders, worms, and bad breath. It is also beneficial to the function of the thyroid, lungs, stomach, bladder, liver, and kidneys.
*Oregano: used to aid indigestion, coughs and toothaches.
*Thyme: cultivated for its strong flavor which is due to its content of the essential oil, thymol. Thymol is an antiseptic and is the main ingredient in Listerine. Unlike bees, insects are repelled by Thyme. Make a cup of Thyme tea, put it in a plant mister, and spray around doorways and windows in summer to repel insects.
*Marjoram: known for its healing properties. It can be stimulating when added to a bath or used as an antiseptic, an aid for rheumatoid pain, tension headaches and minor digestive problems. 
*Chives: reportedly have a beneficial effect on the circulatory system. They also possess natural insect repellant properties that you can use in the vicinity of gardens to manage and control pest infestation.
*Sage: Sage has one of the longest histories of use of any medicinal herb dating back to the Greeks and Romans. Herbalists have long known that sage is an outstanding memory enhancer.
*Germination Tips & Tricks
*Individual growing instructions
*Old world pesto recipe


Three paperwhite bulbs nestled in a natural kraft canister.  Instructions on forcing bulbs inslcuded - not an edible plant; ornamental only!


As part of our commitment to promoting food sustainability, all seeds in Strathcona 1890 Seed Collections are selected for growing in container gardens on urban balconies & roof top gardens. they are non-gmo and open-pollinated in order to help maintain the diversity of plant species. 10% of profits from seeds goes to inner city food programs.