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 Spinach

    History: The common spinach with which we are most familiar in North America - Spinacea oleraccea - originated in western Asia and was documented by early Arab physicians as a medicinal plant. The first record of it being used as a vegetable was in 1351 and by 1538, it was in common cultivation in Europe, prepared exactly the same way as we currently do. Because spinach is a cold-weather crop and bolts quickly in the heat, other plants were grown throughout the summer or in hot climates that tasted like, and could be prepared in a similar fashion to, spinach. These include New Zealand spinach (introduced to North America in 1772) and Galilee spinach. Cultivation: Spinacea is a cool-weather crop and should be planted as soon as the soil can be worked. Pre-soak seed for a few hours before planting. Sow seed 1/4-1/2" deep. Sow a second crop in late summer. Thin to 8" apart; water regularly. Heat-loving varieties should be planted when temperatures and the soil have warmed up. Companions: peas, beans, eggplants, onions, cabbage, strawberries.


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