Oka Melon (Île Bizard Strain)
A Cross between the mythical Montreal Melon and the American Banana Cantaloup. Its orange aromatic flesh is exquisite. Bred in 1910 in Oka Trappist Cistercian monastery by Father Athanase, Director of the Oka Agricultural Institute. The Oka Melon disappeared after the closing of the school, in 1962, but was rediscovered on Bizard Island, near Montreal. Right where we’re growing it !
Package : 12 seeds.
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Latin name : Cucumis melo
Common names : Oka melon
French : Melon d’Oka
Family : Cucurbitaceae
Plant type : Annual
Habit : Crawling
Height : 30 to 40 cm
Width : Can crawl over a couple meters
Days to maturity : 80 – 90 days
Sowing : Indoors, 4 weeks before transplanting outside
Depth : 1.5 cm
Germination : 5 to 7 days
Soil : Rich, melons are heavy-feeders
Exposure : Sunny
Planting : In the garden after the last frost, once the ground has warmed up
Plant spacing : 75 cm
Row spacing : 1 m
Watering : Abundant after transplanting, then regular
Care and other considerations : Melons require heat to develop properly
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Heirloom variety. Beautiful and delicious blue leaves with purple spines. Hardy, resistant to diseases and much bigger in size than other kale varieties.
Harvest baby or full-grown size leaves. Their taste is even better after frost.
This variety entered Canada around 1885 with Russian traders.
Package : 150 seeds.
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Named after the town of Chioggia in the Venetian Lagoon, this beet can be eaten raw or cooked. Delicious sweet taste and a pleasure for the eyes, with its distinctive concentric red and white stripes. Will loose some of its color once cooked, but is perfect for carpaccio. Leaves and stems are edible too.
Developed in Italy before 1841, the Chioggia derives from another traditional variety, the Bassano beet, named after a town in the Veneto region. The Chioggia beet was introduced in the United States before 1865 and furthermore perfected by seed producers.
As popular as it is easy to grow. Italian Heirloom.
Package : 100 seeds.
Also called Queensland Blue, this Australian winter squash has flavorful and fragrant orange flesh with pale blue skin. Excellent for soups and other recipes, it will store well during winter at temperature room. This squash is prolific but needs a lot of space to roam in the garden.Package: 15 seeds
Aged 90, aunt Alice (Marie-Alice Laflamme Gosselin) still grew her now famous cucumber. She chose the biggest and nicest ones, collected the seeds, let them soak in milk on Saint-Antoine's eve, and planted them in her garden in some rich and fertile soil. After Alice's death in 2005, the last seeds were given to a dedicated man who helped us discover this variety.
This cucumber is resistant to diseases and insects alike, and very productive. It is easily digested, but the skin is rarely eaten for it is lightly bitter. We prefer the smaller cucumber to the bigger fruits. The flesh is delicious and very fragrant, similar in taste to the English type cucumber.
Exceptional heirloom variety.
Package : 15 seeds. Not that many because extracting the seeds from this cucumber is very challenging, it only produces a few.
Heirloom variety introduced to the Saint Lawrence River Valley by French settlers in the 17th Century. It is still eaten today and makes delicious pea soup. High yielding plants. They will need trellising and can grow up to 1 meter tall.
The Potager d'Antan reports this story : « According to an old European tradition dating back from the 15th Century, Hubertus, patron saint of hunters, was associated with the pea soup.
To make a long story short, during his lifetime, in the 7th Century, Hubert went astray, hunted on Good Friday, and while pursuing a stag, he had a vision in which he saw the animal with a crucifix between its antlers and heard a voice enjoining him to lead a holy life.
Hubertus later performed many miracles, evangelised pagans in distant countries, and erected temples dedicated to the Lord. He died on May 30, 727. His relics were translated on November 3, 743. His feast day is November 3 in Belgium and May 30 in France.
In memory of Saint Hubert, European settlers in Quebec supposedly kept the name of this pea variety, used in the preparation of the hunting soup ».
For the complete story, visit the Potager d’Antan website.
This variety is very rare and is considered endangered.Package: 30 seeds