Happy New Year!

I just wanted to take a quick moment to say a very happy New Year’s to everybody out there – thank you all for your immense and continued support for the seed bank!

2018 should prove to be a very interesting year, as I plan to give the soil a bit of a rest from tomatoes, and focus some more on beans, melons, and squash. I’m still planning what’s to come, but in the mean time, check out the growth notes from 2017, and stay tuned for updates on 2018!

Seed Bank Wiki – Updates Ongoing

A quick update this time – I’m in full blown seed saving and harvesting mode here, and there’s so much to do! It’s becoming a common refrain, but we were hit with some interesting weather this summer, lots of dry hot spells intermixed with complete downpours. You really learn what tomato varieties will stand up to what in weather like that!

I have been slowly working through the wiki, and now most pages have something up, so you can find some very cursory observations there, with more and more being posted every day. In the coming weeks, it’ll look a lot more complete with more photos, but for now check it out for initial observations.

2017 Grow Outs Announced

I’m pretty excited about this year’s grow outs. Despite the fact I’ve had to scale back the tomatoes slightly because of some blight worries from last year, I do get the chance to re-grow some of my absolute favourites. I also get to finally try some varieties that have being waiting very patiently for their turn.

And, as always, a big thank you is well deserved for my volunteer growers, who always do a fantastic job!

I’ll be starting all the seeds in the next few weeks here, so there may be some slight changes between now and then, but for the most part the list is correct.

As always, you can view the list as well on its page (which includes what’s being grown out by the volunteers), and on the wiki.

Take a look-see:


    Canadian Dwarf
    Charlie’s Green
    Detenicke Salatove
    El Nano
    Garden Lime
    Gigant Purelesa
    Grosse du Gers (in conjunction with the Dan McMurray Memorial Seed Bank)
    Hardin’s Miniature
    Italian Winter
    Michael Pollan
    Rita’s Black
    Rose d’Eauze (in conjunction with the Dan McMurray Memorial Seed Bank)
    Saint Pierre
    Silvery Fir Tree
    Uluru Ochre


    Broad Windsor
    Mr. Tung’s
    Sunset Runner


    Czech Black


    Slocan Snow Peas


    Lettuce ‘Freckles’
    Lettuce ‘Red Sails’


    Brode Galeux d’Eysines
    Zucchini ‘Cocozelle’


    Eggplant ‘Rosa Bianca’

Annual Seed Sale Fundraiser Now On!

That’s right, it’s that time of year again – the seed sale fundraiser is now on!

What’s all this about, you ask? Well, once a year after bankable quantities have been safely stowed away for future years, I separate out all the varieties that I have a surplus of. Those seeds then get packaged up and made available to you guys!

Many of the varieties I grow are rare or hard to obtain, and have very little information about them available on the web. Getting them back out to you, the seed savers, is my main goal with this bank, with the hopes that you’ll grow out and then re-share the variety with your friends, family and community. I’ve said it time and time again – seeds with one source available are almost no good to anybody.

Head on over to the Populuxe Seed Bank Etsy Shop and take a look at what’s being offered this year, and if something strikes your fancy, grab them while you can (I had lower quantities available than previous years, so popular varieties are sure to sell out).

All seeds offered are tested for germination as well, so you can be sure you’re not getting bum seed.

What does the fundraiser do?

Your support with purchasing seeds through the annual seed sale is how this seed bank gets almost all of its financial support through the next year. The funds collected primarily going towards acquiring new seeds. Any additional funds go to keeping this website up and running so I can keep that information flowing to anybody who wants to access it.

By purchasing your seeds through the seed bank you’re helping save new varieties that might otherwise be lost, and by re-sharing the varieties you acquire from the bank you’re keeping many varieties on the verge of extinction alive.

So for all of you who purchase seeds through the bank – thank you!

2016 Round Up

Populuxe Seed Bank on CBC

This one is pretty exciting, and I’ve been sitting on the announcement for a few weeks now. I was interviewed by CBC for their latest episode of Ideas! The episode is (as you might expect) all about seed banks.

It’s called Seed Banks: Re-sowing Paradise, and you can take a listen right over here. There are a ton of really interesting people interviewed, and they talk about everything from Svalbard to my little seed bank right here.

Seed Sales

Thank you to all of you who have sent me a message already hoping to purchase some seeds from the bank this year – your excitement is wonderful! They’re not quite ready yet (they’re currently undergoing germination testing), but they’re coming soon!

Expect to hear a formal announcement in January, and as usual they will be sold through the Populuxe Seed Bank etsy store. I will have lower quantities than most years due to the weather this summer, so get them while you can once they are announced. As always, seed sales will be announced on the mailing list first.

Speaking of which…

The Mailing List

I’ve migrated over the mailing list to a new service. If you’ve already signed up, never fear, you’ve been migrated over as well, so there’s no need to re-sign up to receive the quarterly newsletter.

The real reason for the migration is to make it all easier on the back end, and that means more timely emails to all subscribers. As always, you can sign up using the handy form in the side bar to your left if you aren’t already a subscriber.

Members of the newsletter get discounts codes for seeds sold through the annual seed sale, along with special updates and news about the bank. It’s a quarterly newsletter, so your inbox won’t be inundated (I hate that too), and your sign up information is secure and won’t ever be sold.

Current Seed Bank Holdings

The list has been updated! There’ll be another smaller update in late winter/early spring as well, but for now you can check out what’s currently in the seed bank over here.

Last But Not Least…

This time of year is all about sharing, and there’s nothing more to me that harnesses that more than our community of seed savers and sharers all around the world.

So, whatever you do (or don’t) celebrate this time of year, from me to you, I hope you have a happy season with friends, family, and lots of good food!

See you all in 2017, which marks the 10th year anniversary of the Populuxe Seed Bank!