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Summer Update Summer Update
Friday Jul 13 2018
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Heat waves are upon us!
Here in the Maritimes we've had unusually hot days. Most vegetables can tolerate the heat but when temperatures go up, up, and up, plants will stop growing and just sort of hold on. At about 32°C, veggies like tomatoes and peppers will abort their fruit. Not only...

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Itching to Start Seeding? Itching to Start Seeding?
Wednesday Feb 21 2018
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Onions, leeks, celery and celeriac can all be started early indoors, about 8-12 weeks before planting out.
Starting onions from seed isn’t terribly difficult. Even if you start your onions too early, you’ll be able to snip off the tops and treat yourself to some early spring greens!
Seeding Onions
1) Fill a...

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See You at a Seedy Day See You at a Seedy Day
Tuesday Feb 20 2018
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'Tis the season! What better way to spend a day, then to hang out with some seedy folks at a Seedy Saturday or Sunday near you. This year Hope Seeds will be present at our regular spots (Bridgewater on Feb. 17th, in Clare on April 8th and in Wolfville on April...

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Coming to a mailbox near you... Coming to a mailbox near you...
Saturday Jan 20 2018
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Hot off the press! Your Hope Seeds catalogue for 2018 will be arriving soon. And, if you are a regular seed orderer or requested a catalogue before 2018, you'll also receive a complimentary copy of Rural Delivery magazine. Have fun snuggling up with your winter reading and keep warm!

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Happy Holidays! Happy Holidays!
Wednesday Dec 20 2017
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Wishing you a warm and happy holiday. ...

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Happy Holidays! Happy Holidays!
Tuesday Dec 19 2017
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Wishing you and your family all the best for the holidays and the new year. ...

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Seed Gifting Flowchart
Thursday Nov 23 2017
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Use this handy flowchart to decide what kind of seeds to gift! (Click on the seed varieties to learn more about them.) ...

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Please update your mailing address! Please update your mailing address!
Friday Nov 17 2017
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Fill out the form here to update your mailing address.
Print catalogues will be mailed out late January with a complimentary copy of Rural Delivery magazine. ...

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1, 2, 3, germ! 1, 2, 3, germ!
Monday Oct 30 2017
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1, 2, 3, ...germ!?!
No, I’m not talking about the start of flu season, but rather a much more exciting time. In the seed world, ‘germ’ is the shorthand we use for germination. Germination is that magical thing seeds do when they begin to develop into a plant (given the right conditions).
So,...

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Let's Bring Back The Multiplier! Let's Bring Back The Multiplier!
Friday Sep 22 2017
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Onion relatives (members of the allium family) can be a bit confusing. "Shallot"? "Scallion"? And "Multiplier"? Oh my!

Chives, garlic, leeks and onions are all descendants of wild alliums but have been cultivated for some 5000 years or longer. There are over 600 species of alliums but only about 7 are currently...

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The Great Scape The Great Scape
Sunday Jul 16 2017
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One of the bonuses of growing plants for seed is that you also get to enjoy their fruit – think of squash that you scoop seeds out of or melons that you spit seeds from. Even kale plants, in their second year, will let you steal a few early tasty greens...

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Seed Selection 2017 Seed Selection 2017
Tuesday Jan 03 2017
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Our 2017 Seed Catalogue is now online! You can also view the paper version online by clicking here. If you've ordered before or have requested a catalogue, you'll find a copy in the mail with a complimentary January/February issue of Rural Delivery. These will arrive shortly.
Thank you to Giselle Beauchamp...

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Our Top Seedy Gift Ideas Our Top Seedy Gift Ideas
Thursday Dec 01 2016
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We've compiled a list of our some seedy gift ideas for those of you looking for something a little different. Take a look here: OurTopSeedyGiftIdeas.pdf
As we settle into December, a partial selection of our 2017 seed is now available.These are only the seeds that are ready to go as soon as...

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Summer Update Summer Update
Tuesday Aug 16 2016
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We’re at that point in the season when so many seed crops start looking a lot more like seeds. The white and pink radish blooms are fading as plump pods form. Peas are drying down, peppers ripening. Soon we’ll hear that familiar shake, rattle and roll of beans being threshed and...

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What does a seed need to grow? What does a seed need to grow?
Friday Apr 22 2016
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Ocassionaly we receive a panicked phone call from someone who has waited for weeks only to find that a seed they’ve planted hasn’t germinated. After some troubleshooting, it often turns out that grow lights are the culprit. While light is important for your seeds to grow, there is a difference between...

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Workshop Series: Gardening Organically! Workshop Series: Gardening Organically!
Tuesday Mar 15 2016
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Gardening Organically: Getting it Right from the Start!
WHAT? A workshop series for newly inspired or experienced gardeners wanting to get some basics or refresher information about how to garden organically. Workshops are arranged topically, and cover main components of a season-in-the-life of an organic garden. Each 3-hour session will include an...

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New and Old Varieties Coming Soon New and Old Varieties Coming Soon
Saturday Dec 12 2015
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Working with seeds can change the way you see things. My landscape and dinner plates are filled with thousands of busy seeds, or reminders of the seeds they've been. Oak trees start to look like great old acorns and my kitchen cupboard is made up of pollination and compost and seasons....

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Stop and Smell the Garlic! Stop and Smell the Garlic!
Friday Sep 25 2015
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Fall is the planting season for garlic -- same as your daffodil and tulip bulbs. With just a little garden space, compost, and a layer of mulch for a winter blanket, garlic’s hardy growth habit makes it a sure success for Maritime gardeners.
We loooove garlic here at Hope Seeds! And who...

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Summer Update Summer Update
Sunday Jul 26 2015
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Brassicas for You, Me and the Bees!
One of the most wonderful things about growing seed crops is watching the garden burst open with thousands of precious yellow flowers early on in the season, providing a vast sea for foraging bees. This year, those yellow flowers were especially noticeable when not much...

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Potato Shipping Update Potato Shipping Update
Tuesday Apr 28 2015
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The first round of potatoes shipped this morning. We kept our lovely post office workers busy moving boxes and sticking postage stickers. Most of these orders are expected to arrive by Tuesday, May 5th. If you need a tracking number and haven't received one yet, just let us know. If you've...

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In Defense of Beans In Defense of Beans
Wednesday Mar 18 2015
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To borrow a phrase made popular by Michael Pollen’s book, “In Defense of Food”, I think it’s about time we started speaking up – in defense of (dry) beans! When it starts to feel like winter is stretching on, even though the winter squash in storage are starting to thin out,...

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My, how Seedy Saturdays have grown! My, how Seedy Saturdays have grown!
Thursday Feb 26 2015
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Once in a while I still get a sideways look when I talk about going to a Seedy Saturday. Then I stop and consider how these seedy events have only been around, in a formalized way, since the 90s. I don't mean to say that people weren't getting together and swapping...

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Celebrating Seed Heritage Celebrating Seed Heritage
Monday Feb 16 2015
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The third Monday in February is now officially a holiday in Nova Scotia: Heritage Day or Fête du patrimoine. Here at Hope Seeds, it seems fitting to take some time and reflect on what it means to be working with heritage seeds.
The words heritage and heirloom are often used interchangeably. Sometimes...

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Hope Seeds Open House **RESCHEDULED to FEB. 7th** Hope Seeds Open House **RESCHEDULED to FEB. 7th**
Sunday Jan 25 2015
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Date: ****Rescheduled to Saturday, February 7th, 2015 (due to inclement weather)
Time: 12 – 2 pm
Location: 324 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal (in the Dargie Plaza, across from Fort Anne, beside Remax)
What: Public Open House

Hope Seeds is inviting the public to help us celebrate growing! After 10 years on the farm, we...

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2015 Seed Selection 2015 Seed Selection
Wednesday Jan 14 2015
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Our 2015 selection is now available! Be sure to take a look at our new items for 2015, including a Hope Seed exclusive tomato, "Bernardo's Paste" (pictured here). We're also please to welcome back "Bushy" and "Tante Alice" cucumbers as well as GARLIC.

We begin shipping seeds February 2nd. Any orders placed...

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