Summer herb walk


I am going to set a day for a herb and mushroom walk on our farm and anyone interested must let me know.  The date is August 25, 2018 unless there are oats to harvest, which I will keep everyone informed of changes.  It will be from 9 Am to 2 PM.  Lunch will be potluck.  We will learn about seed collecting and making tinctures as well.  Please register with me via email at smileyo at xplornet dot ca.



Summer 2018

Hi Everyone!

Happy summer.  Welcome the fresh air days and the cooling breeze.  We also welcome the rain, as we needed it.  Have some hay down and the oats is growing well, almost up to my armpits and starting the head out.

I had a request for green oats to create the health tincture, so if anyone is interested in that, email me and we will work out pricing.  We will be selling our organic oats this fall for milling if all goes well.

The potatoes are planted and the garlic is scaping.  We should be checking soon for new potatoes, yum!  Love the flavor of those.  Hope all your gardens are doing well.

We have 3 peacocks now, 2 sheep, a bunch of cattle and various other animals on the farm.  I have been collecting the feathers from the peacocks which are beautiful and great for fly tying and home decorating.  If anyone is interested, I can put together a bundle for $20 and send them your way.  I also have some wild mallard and other waterfowl feathers as I find them, and hawk and eagle feathers, deer sheds and moose antler sheds.  There have not been many mushrooms but I expect that they will start soon after this rain.

We offer wild herb and mushroom walks in August and September.  If you are interested in learning more about wild herbs and their uses, making tinctures or teas, gathering wild herbs or learning more about mushrooms, canning and preserving, and the like, let me know and we will organize a weekend to do that.

We are also working on setting up small cabins around the farm where you can come and stay (off the grid) in the summer and learn about farming, self-sufficiency, connecting with nature, and unplugging.  Our farm offers fantastic views of the full night starry sky, northern lights when they are out, and all the sounds and scents of nature in its glory.  We would be interested to see if there are any takers, and can do trades for farm help or if you prefer to just observe, that is available as well.  We want to offer the chance for those wanting a taste of simpler life to be able to see if it suits them or offer your young family the chance to see what it was like on the farm in the old days, prior to so much distraction of technology.  Plant a tree, dig a garden, walk in the wilderness or just be.  That is all fine with us.

Live and be prosperous, enjoy your neighbors, love each other and be kind.


New Way to Pay

Hi Everyone;

In keeping with the changing monetary system globally and digital currency movement, we will be accepting Litecoin payments for seeds in the future.  We will post a link on our site that links to a wallet and you can send litecoin there for your seed and plant purchases.  There is no cost and everyone will save money using this system.

Stay tuned and learn all you can about how to do this ahead.  No more $1.50 extra for etransfers, No more 3.5% on your credit card or for Paypal!  Woo hoo.  Excellent.


Oats and Barley

Hi guys;

I have some older oats and barley for sale.  It is suitable for horses or other livestock feed or scratch grain for chickens or other fowl.  I have a total of about 550 bushels of oats and about 300 bushels of barley.   The grains could also be used for green manures for plow down.  They were grown without chemicals and are natural.  Price is dependent upon amount bought.  You can call us anytime at 780-785-2622.

Also, Anyone who wants Jerusalem Artichokes, they are available  now.  Email us for those and potatoes.



More Events to get Seeds and Spuds

Hi again;

We will be at the Sherwood Park Seedy Saturday this weekend, April 14.  Google event to find out dates and times.  We will be doing a talk about Root Cellars and this includes design and considerations.  Attend if you can. That said you have until tomorrow evening to get ahold of me via email if you want anything.  This really saves you on shipping potatoes.  email is smileyo at xplornet dot ca

We will also be at the Edmonton Resilience Festival on April 28.  We are speaking about being resilient in the face of climate change through adaptive seeds.  Again google the event and email us if you want anything.  Thanks,


Seedy Saturdays Starting


Hey everybody, Seedy Saturday in Stony this weekend

We hope you can come out this weekend as it is supposed to be fantastic.

We will have spuds at this event and may not at any others, so if you want some, come out or email me on availability.

We are in Calgary next weekend

And Sunday of Next week in Edmonton.  All information in on their websites and facebook pages if they have them.  See you there.





Events and Dates

We will be offering seeds at the Sangudo and District Horticulture Club January Workshop, Jan 27, 2018 at the Sangudo Community School.  This is a great event with speakers Morgan Webb of the CHED Garden Show and Koen De Herdt of De Herdt Gardens in Barrhead speaking.  Check out the poster.  Registration is by Monday January 22.  So hurry.

2018 Sangudo Gardeners Day, registration.4.01.18

I will be speaking at the Alberta Organic Conference Feb 9 and 10 in Red Deer if anyone is going there.  We can visit and meet up if you like.  I will be back around for their seedy event in March I expect.

Also.  We will be at the following seedy Saturday and Sunday events:

March 10 -I will make a presentation on Seed harvesting and storage at the Seedy Saturday event, Stony Plain from 10-3 at the Multicultural Heritage Centre, 5411-51 Street, Stony Plain, AB

March  11?  Not sure yet.

March 17-  Calgary, Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Hall.  10-3 pm.

Sunday March 18, 2018
                   11 a.m. till  4 p.m.
            At the Central Lions Seniors’ Recreation Centre
Hope to see you all there.

New offerings

Thought I might as well give you the run down on the new offerings while I am at it:

Beans:   dry types Mostoller Wild Goose, Odawa Soup bean, Mrocumere and Piros Fehrer, and one green filet type called Momma’s green, all at $3.50 each

Offerings from Mandy’s greenhouse seeds: Kentucky Wonder Green, Gold of Bacau and Snowcap – limited availability of each of these pole beans. For other bush beans:

Soldier, Pigeon, Henderson Bush Lima, Golden Wax, Yellow Wax Round Pod, Blue Lake Bush, Maine Yellow Eye, Navy White, Vermont Cranberry,  Lena’s Bird Eye, Thibodeau du Comte Beauce.  Each packet $2.50. Again, volume is limited.

Beets – We are offering Golden and Touchstone beets, which are both yellow.  Also White sugar, Albino and Detroit White which are sweet beets which are white.  Great beet flavor.  Also have Early Wonder, and Ruby Queen in the Red round variety.  We offered Red Ace last year as well and have a limited number of Shiraz and Turnip beets which are grown for greens.

Corn – Grew lots of sweet corn for the market garden this year so we are working on our own sweet open pollinated variety for short growing areas.  We will keep you informed as this is a long process of trialing.

Corn available now – Delight Bicolor and Double Standard (peaches and cream types), Butter and Sugar and peaches and cream standard.  We also have Seneca Chief which is a yellow sweet corn.

Fava Beans – We have winter fava and spring fava mixes for use as dry fava beans or to can to make your own Aquafaba.  Use water as a vegan egg white substitute for meringues and other creations!  Who knew?

Broad beans – There has been a resurgence of interest in the fibre rich broad beans.  We have Jubilee Hyssor and Masterpiece Green Long Pod, both great choices and massive producers.

Collard Greens – we have Groninger Blue, Georgia Southers, and Champion as well as Vates.  Great cooked with lemon and ginger or bacon.

Carrots – we are offering an open-pollinated version of Bolero, a popular storage nantes type.  We have also Nantes 1/2 longs which are just as sweet and long as scarlet Nantes if you ask me, Brilliance open, Tendersweet open, Berlicum and Rhumba and an Heirloom orange blend, as well as a few Yellow Carrots, Yellow Sun, Yellowstone, and Yellow Solar.  They are huge and sweet.  We also have the round small Paris Market carrots, Tonda di Pardi.  For red carrots we have Red Dragon, and only a few seeds of Deep Purple for sale.

Celery – Golden Self Blanching and Giant Prague as well as Red Venture of course and some leaf celery for soup use.

Cabbages, etc. – We have some Italian Sprouting Broccoli, Some Premium flat Dutch Cabbage as well as the others. And Kohlrabi is back including a limited amount of Superschmetz.  We also have pak choi seed and rainbow chard.

Cucumbers – We have an open pollinated pickling cucumber called Leanne’s Pioneer, Early Russian Pickling and Early Mincu.  Kaiser Alexander is a good one also.  We have Tendergreen Burpless slicer, Bushy, Sumter and Mandy has these on offer:  Lemon, Homemade Pickles, Earnest Family White, National Pickling, Morden Early, Poona Kheera, Parade, Russian Pickling and White Wonder.  By the way the white cucumbers are just as delicious and the flavor more intense than the green ones without the bitterness.

Eggplants you can grow out in the garden.  Start them indoors at the same time as tomatoes and put in a sheltered hot spot.  Water regularly and reap the rewards.  Did I hear anyone say Baba Ganoush? or Eggplant Parmagiana?  MMMM….  Three types which are winners are Ukrainian Beauty, Black Enorma and Black Pear.  Mandy has one called Ichiban. But any of the ones we offer will produce.  Check out the catalogue for more information.

Garlic is all planted until the fall.  With the market garden it suffered, so we are rebuilding stock.  Check back in the fall.

Gourds are fun to grow and we have many fun types including some Crown of Thorns and Speckled Swan types as well as the bumpy yellow types that make great cups later.

All the herbs are on offer, including Anise Hyssop, German and English thyme, spearmint, lemon balm, chervil and several types of cress.  Mandy lists stinging nettle as well which is a great substitute for spinach and can be boiled as such.  Very rich in minerals.

Lettuces from Mandy’s collection include:  Australian Yellow, Marvel of 4 seasons, Grandpa’s Admires, Italienischer Oakleaf, Ears of the Devil, Black Hawk, Cracoviensis, Red Eared Butterheart, Red Lephrachaun, Prizehead, Outredgeous, Midnight Ruffles, Lollo Rossa Dark, Strawberry Cabbage, Tom Thumb, Slobolt, Red Rumple Waved, Red Velvet, Rosso di Trento, Rouge D’Hiver, Sanguine Ameliore, Endive, Florellenschuus and Freckles.  She also offers an Arugula called sylvette.

I have added a few lettuce mixes to the list.  Italian spring mix and everything mix, which includes all you need to make a salad.

Melons/Canteloupe and Watermelons – Yes they grow well in Alberta and the hot dry summers are their bounty times.  We have Korean Sweet, and Supersweet Canteloupe (Halona open), and Banana, as well as Blacktail Mountain Watermelon and Orangeglo (yes an orange watermelon!)  Mandy offers Petite Gris de Rennes, Delicious 51 and Crane as well as Minnesota Midget.

A few more trees and fruiting shrubs.  We have Nanking Cherries, White Pine, and Colorado Blue Spruce.  As well as garden Huckleberries.

Parsnips – Albion, short thick, Andover and Kral.  We have Hamburg Rooted Parsley and Harris Model parsnip as well.

Peas – We are offering Dwarf Grey Sugar again which make great sprouts or for shoots grown in trays like wheat grass.  Mandy has Mummy White and a version of King Tutt with Blue Flowers.  This is the same one found in the tomb and brought back from extinction.  Now that is seed saving!!  We also have great peas for soup use including Lancaster Lad, Corne de Belier and Desiree as well as Dry Round.  Our sweet shelling peas include Top Pod and Knight.

Peppers!!  Grew lots this year.  We have these hot pepper to offer: Ampus Hot, Cayenne Red Thick, Purple Cayenne, Poblano, Marbles, Pretty Purple, Joe’s Cayenne, Bolivian Rainbow, Tabasco chili, Filus Blue, Thai Dragon, Trifetti, Purple Serrano, Ancho San Luis, Cayenne Chili, Ancho Gigantea, Ancho Poblano, Anaheim, Guajello, Golden Cayenne, Explosive Embers, Chech Black, Ring of Fire, Red Thai Dragon, Thai Chili, Large Red Cherry, Super Shepherd, Red Skin, Aji Amarilla, Esplette, New Mex Chili, Joe Parker Chili, and Padron.

Our sweet peppers on offer include: Gourmet, Red Belgian, Leut Schager, Cherry Sweet, Stocky Red, Jupiter, Etuida, Sheepnose Pimento, Feher Ozon, Frigitello Sweet, Italian Sweet and Healthy.  More in the catalogue too including a Rainbow King mix of large bell peppers and Doux des Landes.

Turnips – Large types include Wilhelmsburger, Champion Purple Top Best of All, Gelbe and Fortin Family.  Small types we have both the Purple top white globe and Purple top Milan.  Mandy has a very limited amount of Golden Ball turnips also.

New tomatoes this year – cherry type: Whippersnapper (earliest of all), Green Grape and Orange Pear.  Also available in larger types are Rosella Purple Dwarf, Starfire and Teton de Venice, with a unique large teardrop shape and a good thick skin for sauce. Also we have Polish Love apple, Cole, Andy Buckflat’s, Green Zebra, and Mountain Candy. Our new Beefsteak is sure to please.

We always have potatoes for eating or planting in all the varieties offered, so don’t be shy and get some any time.  New ones are Nikola for diabetics, and LaBella and Rose Marie.  All potatoes did fantastic this year and we have so many we have to give them to the foodbank.

Squashes – We have a butternut remix which is guaranteed to do better for you here in Alberta than the traditional Walthams.  Smaller but great producer.  We have small sugar pumpkin and Sweet Dumpling Squash (very good!) again, and Kamo Kamo.  Also have Helen’s Italian (similar to Japanese Hokkaido), Cheyenne Bush squash to use as you would any zucchini, sayda (in place of vegetable spagetti), and Turk’s Turban and Kabocha squash for soup.  Mandy brings these selections:  Honey Boat delicata, Long Island Cheese, Baby Bear, New England Pie, Papaya Pear, M’s Pink Ghost pumpkin, Wee Be Little Pumpkin, Banana Jumbo Pink, and Kuri Baby Red Hubbard as well as Lebanese White Bush squash.  Sorry we did not plant costata this year, will do next year!!

And finally – IF this is all too overwhelming, we can put together seeds for a family of 2 or 4 or more.  Just email us and let us know who you want to feed, what your likes and dislikes are and we can put together something that will please you.  Family of 2 packs start at about $40 but we can customize based on your size requirements and amount of space you have.  Family of 4 will be at least $75, but you will have plenty of seed including potatoes and other things to please, plus seed for the coming years as well.

Thanks and good growing in 2018.  I will have the new catalogue as soon as I can.


New orders for 2018

Hi there;

I have been getting many excited emails about the new catalogue.  Unfortunately it is not quite ready yet.  But I have worked on a new order form that you can use for the old catalogue just fine.  Might want to check with me for availability though.  Here it is. I am working on the catalogue now and the new site, still.  So expect some great changes soon.

Thanks again.

Order form