The Online Plant Nursery is now Open for September

After closing the store for the spring, the remaining seedlings were grown out for the fall sale (or planted into my own gardens 😊)
Some were moved into larger sized trays and kept in the urban yard, in wood frames with netting to keep squirrels from uprooting them.  Others were planted out into my rural gardens for the summer.  

With the cooler weather now arriving, it is time for them to move to their forever homes. 

Photos of the seedlings at their current size have been added to the listings of the available species.

While these will require initial care, like any newly planted perennials or plants that are dug and relocated, unlike the tiny plugs I offer in the spring sale these will settle in fairly quickly with little care beyond watering for the first few weeks and during any extended dry spells next summer. 

These are not sold in pots. Plants grown in trays will be wrapped in paper, like the seedlings were this spring. Plants that have spent the summer in the soil will be lifted and packed together into the boxes or the produce containers I’ve been hoarding through the summer. They will all need to be planted right away.

Plants are all $4.00 each, including HST. 

Minimum $20 / 5 plant order. 

I’ll be out to the rural gardens on the weekend and once most weeks, so pickups will be Sunday evenings, Mondays and, on weeks that it doesn’t rain on Wednesday, Thursday through the day and evening. Pickups are in Vanier, but can also be arranged for Perth.  

All pickups are by appointment only

Available quantities vary, from as few as 5 of a species to as many as 40. I'll track order quantities and remove any that sell out from your order before sending you an invoice.

Planting instructions can be 
found here.
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Common Milkweed

This plant personifies the concept of “if you have abundance, don’t build a higher wall, build a bigger table”. They are big, bold and beautiful and they feed over 450 species of insects. They are also enjoyed by deer, which wander passed many of the vegetables in the garden to munch on fresh milkweed shoots in early June, and by yours truly as I gather some of the pods while they are still tender, parboil them and then fry them up for a very tasty treat. Flower buds and young shoots are also lovely early season vegetables. They do all of this and still manage to grow a bounty of seeds to establish the next generation.
They are not apologetic about filling in any disturbed space, filling gaps in the soil cover and the ecosystem with equal aplomb and generosity.
Strikingly architectural from a distance, incredibly intricate when viewed up close, beautifully fragrant for those who pause to smell the flowers. They provide habitat and a food source for an amazing diversity of species, far beyond the famous Monarch butterfly. They don’t fit neatly into spaces where order is enforced and plants are expected to only grow where they are told to, but they can make themselves at home in any sunny space that welcomes them, with all of their flamboyant personality, and will bring an incredible abundance of life along with them.
Heights vary with soil conditions and with the height of their neighbours, but frequently falls between 30” and 50”. Individual plants are usually around 12” to 18” across and are often distributed along the length of a horizontal rhizome. The rhizome tends to be 8” to 10” below the soil surface for the plants growing in my vegetable garden, so if you are trying to lift and relocate a mature plant, be sure to dig deep, since they won’t make it if the rhizome doesn’t come along with the rest of the plant.
Happiest in full sun, these can manage with a bit of light shade but they have relatives better adapted to woodland conditions if that is what your space is. I haven’t noticed them being too stressed by dry conditions, but they do grow more luxuriantly in the vegetable garden than elsewhere, so they certainly enjoy rich soil and regular watering. Blossoms appear in early to mid July, except for on the plants that get lopped by deer, they tend to bloom a bit later.

Seeds wild gathered from the plants exuberantly occupying my vegetable garden, just west of Perth Ontario