The Cottage Gardener

The Cottage Gardener Online Catalogue

We have been providing rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers to gardeners and market growers since 1996. Our online catalogue has over 650 heirloom seed varieties available, in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. We have one of the most diverse selections of Certified Organic seeds in Canada, and we add to this each year.




  1. A Description of Cabbage

    History: According to the "Treasury of Botany", London, 1866, cabbage is descended from a wild ancestor native to Europe and the coastal areas of Britain. It is an ancient cultivated crop and the Treasury noted that, at the time, it was "a favourite culinary vegetable, in almost daily use throughout the civilized world". The Romans are credited with spreading it throughout their empire although the red form is attributed to the Dutch. Cultivation: Sow seed 1/4" deep in soil-less mix 4 - 6 weeks before the last frost. Keep moist, under lights, until germination. When ready, harden off & plant out 12 - 18" apart. Companions: onions, oregano, hyssop and thyme all deter the cabbage moth; chamomile enhances flavour; dill improves growth.


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