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2024 Seed Buying List – Annuals & Vegetables

I’ve tried keeping lists on Word, in a spreadsheet and on paper, but I am inconsistent at best. Digital copies (Word and Excel) are only convenient if I’m on my computer. Paper lists are good if I’m at my desk. So, going forward, I’m going to try curating my seed list on my blog. I hope this will help when I’m out shopping and inevitably get ‘seed excitement’ when in a garden centre. If I can easily refer to my wish list, it ‘might’ stop overbuying or double purchases. Here’s hoping.

Updated January 2024

My Favourite Seeds Sources

  • Swallowtail Garden Seeds – a great source of annual flowers. They have a large selection, and germination is very good. There is a delivery to Canada (UPS $13.99 for 2024), but since I have a fairly large order, it’s worth it.
  • Veseys Seeds – I get quite a few of my vegetables from Veseys. The larger the order the more cost-effective the shipping fee so I order as much fro here as I can.
  • Stokes Seeds – Another Canadian seed company. My next largest mostly flower order comes from here. Shipping costs last year were $9.95 Canadian.
  • Hawthorn Farm  – Organic seeds from Ontario. I get my San Marzano from here, but I pick them up at Urban Farmer. They do have free shipping on orders over $200, but I’ve never been able to reach that as their selection is smaller than, say, Swallowtail and Veseys.
  • West Coast Seeds – I’ve been weaning myself off West Coast Seeds in recent years as I’ve had some germination issues and packages are small.
  • Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes – our annual seed potato order comes from this Alberta company. I’ve always been happy with the quality. They are now an organic farm.
  • TomatoFest – up until now, I’ve sourced most of my heirloom tomato varieties from this US supplier. I didn’t need to order anything last year and have had good germination on three- and four-year-old seeds.  Every year, they discontinue some varieties, including a few favourites. I’m going to try The Incredible Seed company out of Nova Scotia this year.
  • Moonglow Gardens – I ordered some Micro Tomato seeds from this Alberta company in the fall of 2023 to grow in the greenhouse over the winter. Seeds had great germination and the plants are healthy. I have enough seeds for next year so we’ll see how year two germination goes.
  • McKenzie seeds – I mostly pick these up from garden centres or the big box stores.

ANNUAL FLOWERS

Here is a mood board of my 2024 annuals and my seed starting schedule for zone 5.

Ageratum Aloha Blue Swallowtail Ordered
Ageratum Red Flint Baker Creek Seeds New 2024 Ordered
Alternanthera Purple Prince Swallowtail Ordered
Alyssum Wonderland Deep Purple Swallowtail New 2024 Ordered
Alyssum Wonderland Deep Rose Swallowtail New 2024 Ordered
Alyssum Clear Crystal Purple Swallowtail Ordered
Alyssum Clear Crystal Lavender Swallowtail Ordered
Angelonia Serena Rose Stokes Ordered
Angelonia Serena Blue Stokes Ordered
Angelonia Serena Purple Stokes Ordered
Begonia Viking XL Chocolate Red William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
Coleus Premium Sun Chocolate Covered Cherry Stokes New 2024 Ordered
Coleus Premium Sun Lime Delight Stokes Ordered
Cosmos Capriola Swallowtail Ordered & some old
Cosmos Apollo Pink Swallowtail New 2024 Ordered
Cosmos Apollo Carmine Swallowtail New 2024 Ordered
Cosmos Versailles Red Swallowtail Seeds from 2022
Cosmos Cranberries William Dam Seeds Seeds from 2023
Cosmos Blush Cupcake Hawthorn Fram Seeds from 2023
Cosmos Violet Bicolour William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
Dichondra Silver Falls Swallowtail Ordered
Dusty Miller Silverdust Swallowtail Ordered
Dusty Miller New Look Swallowtail Ordered
Euphorbia Glitz White Stokes Seeds New 2024 Ordered
Foxglove Candy Mountain William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
Gomphrena Ping Pong Lavender Stokes Seeds Ordered
Gomphrena Ping Pong Purple Stokes Seeds Ordered
Gomphrena Gnome Mix Stokes Seeds New 2024 Ordered
Gomphrena Lavender Lady Baker Creek Seeds New 2024 Ordered
Gomphrena Buddy Purple Baker Creek Seeds New 2024 Ordered
Helichrysum Swiss Giants Mix William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
Heliotrope Marine Swallowtail Seeds from 2023
Lavender French Mr. Fothergills Older seed
Lisianthus Corelli Lavender William Dam Seeds Purchased
Lisianthus Croma Pink Picotee William Dam Seeds Purchased
Marigold Safari Formula Mix William Dam Seeds Purchased
Marigold Little Giant Stokes Ordered
Marigold Lemon Gem William Dam Seeds Purchased
Oregano (ornamental) Kirigami Swallowtail Ordered
Ornamental Pepper, Black Pearl William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
Pansy Colossus Blotch Mix Swallowtail New 2024 Ordered
Primrose Wanda Mixed Colors Baker Creek Seeds New 2024 Ordered
Salvia Victoria Blue William Dam Seeds Purchased
Salvia Mini Victoria Stokes New 2024 Ordered
Verbena Obsession Pink Veseys New 2024 Ordered
Zinnia Benary’s Giant Deep Red Swallowtail Ordered
Zinnia Benary’s Giant Giant Scarlet Swallowtail Ordered
Zinnia Benary’s Giant Wine Swallowtail Ordered
Zinnia Benary’s Giant Golden Yellow Swallowtail Ordered
Zinnia Benary’s Giant Purple Swallowtail Ordered
Zinnia Benary’s Giant Lilac Swallowtail Seed from 2023
Zinnia Benary’s Giant Pink William Dam Seeds Purchased
Zinnia Giant Cactus Pinca Swallowtail Seed from 2023
Zinnia Super Cactus Lilac Emperor Swallowtail Seed from 2023
Zinnia Preciosa Pink Swallowtail Ordered
Zinnia Preciosa Yellow Swallowtail Ordered
Zinnia Preciosa Red Swallowtail Ordered

Fall Flowers

Flowering Kale Crane Feather Red William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
Flowering Kale Pink Crame William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
Flowering Kale White Crane William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
Flowering Kale Red Crane William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
Flowering Kale Flare Crane William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
Flowering Kale Songbird Formula Mix William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased

PERENNIALS

I’m trying to grow my own perennials from seed for the first time – here are my first trials:

Agastache Bolero Swallowtail New 2024 Ordered
Agastache Golden Jubilee Swallowtail / William Dam Seeds New 2024 Ordered
Agastache Indigo William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
Balloon Flower Astra Pink Swallowtail New 2024 Ordered
Echinacea PowWow Wild Berry Swallowtail / William Dam Seeds New 2024 Ordered
Echinacea PowWow White Swallowtail New 2024 Ordered
Echinacea Prairie Splendor Deep Rose Swallowtail New 2024 Ordered & some old
Echinacea Green Twister Swallowtail New 2024 Ordered
Monarda Panorama Mix Bergamot Hawthorn Seeds New 2024 Seeds from 2023
Salvia New Dimension Blue Swallowtail New 2024 Ordered
Salvia New Dimension Rose Swallowtail New 2024 Ordered

VEGETABLES

Mostly tried before, few new ones for 2024

Beans Maxibel West Coast Seeds, Veseys Seed from 2023
Beans Carminat, Purple Pole Veseys Seed from 2023
Beans, Scarlet Runner Veseys Ordered
Beets, Detroit Dark Red McKenzie Seed from 2022
Cabbage Farao (early) Veseys Seed from 2022
Cabbage Buscaro (red) Veseys Seed from 2022
Cabbage Bronco (mid season) Veseys Seed from 2022
Cabbage Lennox (late) Veseys Seed from 2022
Carrot Navedo Veseys New 2024 Ordered
Carrot Koral Baker Creek New 2024 Free seed
Cucumber Marketmore 76 Veseys Seed from 2023
Kale Black Magic Veseys Seed from 2021
Lettuce Grand Rapids McKenzie Seed from 2021
Lettuce Merlot Baker Creek Seed from 2021
Lettuce Prizehead McKenzie Seed from 2021
Lettuce Alkindus Butterhead (red) West Coast Seeds Seed from 2021
Lettuce Buttercrunch McKenzie Seed from 2021
Onions Rossa Lunga di Firenze McKenzie Seed from 2021
Onions Rossa Di Milano West Coast Seeds Seed from 2023
Onion Talon Veseys Ordered
Onion Frontier Veseys New 2024 Ordered
Onion Cabernet West Coast Seeds Seeds from 2023
Onion Patterson Hybrid William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
French Shallots Ambition Hybrid William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
French Shallots Innovator DM Hybrid William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
Peas Super Sugar Snap Peas Veseys Ordered
Peas Snowpea Snowflake Pod Veseys Seeds from 2023
Spinach Responder Veseys Seeds from 2022
Squash Honeynut West Coast Seed Seeds from 2023
Squash Honeyboat Delicata Veseys New 2024 Ordered
Squash Zucchini Black Beauty Baker Creek Seeds from 2021
Squash Zucchini Early Prolific Straightneck McKenzie Seeds from 2020
Swiss Chard Ruby Red Burpee Seeds from 2021
Swiss Chard Eldorado (Orange) William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased
Tomato Early Girl (early red) West Coast Seeds Seeds from 2021
Tomato Kellogg’s Breakfast (orange) Baker Creek Seeds from 2022
Tomato Chocolate Stripes (red w green/purple stripes) TomatoFest Seeds from 2022
Tomato Azoychka (early yellow) TomatoFest Seeds from 2022
Tomato Cherokee Purple (red & purple) Baker Creek Seeds from 2022
Tomato Big Brandy (pink) William Dam Seeds Purchased
Tomato San Marzano (paste) Hawthorn Farm Needed
Tomato Black Beauty (black) TomatoFest Seeds from 2022
Tomato Moskvich – Slicer (red, cold tolerant, early) The Incredible Seed Co New 2024 Ordered
Tomato Cuor Di Bue (French heirloom oxheart) William Dam Seeds / Hawthorn Farms New 2024 Purchased
Tomato Purple Boy Hybrid William Dam Seeds New 2024 Purchased

HERBS

Including what will overwinter that I split to control size in the herb garden

Basil Genovese Type various plenty of old seeds
Basil Dark Purple Opal Baker Creek Seeds from 2022
Chamomile German self-sows
Celery Tango West Coast Seeds seeds from 2021
Dill McKenzie seeds from 2022
Mint Mohito from cutting
Parsley Italien OSC seeds from 2022
Oregano split in spring
Rosemary Baker Creek seeds from 2022
Sage split in spring
Thyme split in spring

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