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 Turnips

    History: Turnips, members of the brassica family, have been grown for thousands of years; Dioskorides listed it in his codex c. 500 AD and it was already well-established by then. As one of the few foods that could be stored and eaten over the winter, turnips were considered an indispensable vegetable. Early settlers brought them to North America as early as 1609 and until the early 1900's, they were grown in every garden. Cultivation: Easy to grow. Turnips are cool-weather crops. Direct sow outside as soon as the soil can be worked or in late summer for fall crop. Sow 1/4-1/2" deep, 1" apart. Thin to 4-6" apart. Companions: onions, chives, leeks and peas.


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