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Exploring outside heirloom seeds

Posted by Erin Colborn on

 The focus at Green Witch Seeds has always been on open pollination and heirloom seeds. In the background we're always playing around with hybrids and attempting localized landrace strains.   When it comes to locally adapted varieties you cant beat land race cultivars. We've had some progeny with a third of the water demands and twice the harvest crossing about a dozen english cultivars with four old coloured North American varieties. One of the most beautiful sunflowers we've developed is a cross between an indeterminate amount of varieties. Its a self sower, resembles mones but with more burgundy hues typically grows...

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Growing Shallots in North America

Posted by Simon Gaudin on

Shallots are an ancient allium originally hailing from somewhere in central Asia, from there they came to India earning the nickname little onion. Onward from India the little onion was brought to the near east, then traded with the Roman's and Greek's. Through time and trade they came to western europe were most bulbs and seeds are produced today. Though that balance is shifting yet again as more producer's are becoming involved in North America, Canada and the United States in particular. Today the vast majority of Shallot seeds are grown in North western Europe, The Netherlands in particular. In recent...

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Getting ready for the spring!

Posted by Simon Gaudin on

Over here at Green Witch acres we're starting to get excited for the spring! The days are already starting to get longer and we're starting to clear out the cold frames. This time of year gets us thinking mustard greens, one of the cold hardy crops we grow. We've always offered a few basic staples like pac choi and komatsuna but this year we've started trying our hand at hybrids. I wont spoil everything but we have a red Komatsuna and a bright white tah tasio waiting in the wings.  We hope for all gardeners sakes that this spring wont...

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