Starting your own plants from seed is an easy, economical way to get an early start on summer – and seed catalogues (printed or online) offer an astounding array of choices. Some seeds take longer to germinate than others and need to be sown earlier.
For planting purposes, determine the last-frost date for your area, then plant seeds indoors the appropriate number of weeks in advance.
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Click here for tips on planting seeds indoors, and instructions to build a plant stand.
Here are some online Canadian seed sources:
Angelgrove Tree Seed Company
Dominion Seed House
Early's Farm & Garden Centre
Greta's Organic Gardens
Hole's Greenhouses & Gardens
Richters Herb Specialists
Salt Spring Seeds
Seeds of Distinction
West Coast Seeds
William Dam Seeds
My Shade Garden
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My Shade Garden
Plant-a-Row – Grow-a-Row
Plant A Row – Grow A Row/Un Rang Pour Ceux Qui Ont Faim (PAR/GAR) grew out of the tradition of gardeners sharing their harvest. It began in 1986 when Ron and Eunice O'Donovan of Winnipeg donated extra potatoes from their garden to a local food bank called Winnipeg Harvest – and encouraged their neighbours to do the same.
Since then, gardeners have donated more than 1.4 million pounds of fresh produce to Winnipeg Harvest alone – and PAR/GAR has now spread to communities across the continent.
In Canada, the Composting Council of Canada, the Canadian Association of Food Banks and the Canadian members of the Garden Writers Association sponsor the program.
For more information about PAR/GAR and to find out how to start a campaign in your community, visit www.compost.org/growarowintro.html or call 1-800-571-GROW (4769).
You can also link up with The Composting Council of Canada at www.compost.org or the Canadian Association of Food Banks by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
plant a row, grow a row