Annual Fundraiser Now On

It is that time of year again – the annual Populuxe Seed Bank Fundraiser is now on!

Dubrava is one of the varieties available this year.

I’ve been running this little fundraiser now for several years, and it’s a massive help to keep the seed bank running each and every year.

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 growers and gardeners around the world. 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’m doing something a bit different this year as well – I’ll be offering extra surplus seed from 2016 at a discount, so be sure to check out those listings as well.

As always, once these seeds are gone, they won’t be regrown and offered again for another 7-10 years (depending on the species), so get them while you can.

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!

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.

Summer Update In The Garden

We had a bit of a cool start here in Alberta – lots of rain, temperatures that did not seem to want to go up. Usually I plant out the beans at the very beginning of May, but this year even that was delayed by a few weeks.

As I write this now, we’re in the middle of an extreme heat warning issued by the weather service, but mercifully, that should only last a few days. Mostly, the weather has been excellent, especially for the tomatoes, and after planting on Victoria Day long weekend, they shot up and I have many plants now already forming very lovely and healthy looking fruit.

Of course with the cool wet spring, that brought weeds. TONS of weeds, so I’ve been battling the chickweed most of the summer thus far, just trying to keep it under control.

Tomato ‘El Nano’ – July 1, 2017

I’ve had some problems with both my ‘Green Limelight’ and ‘Sunset Runner’ beans germinating – not a single plant came up. I suspected squirrels or magpies at the beginning, but after resowing and then protecting, still nothing came up. Sometimes gardening is like that – very rarely does everything work out exactly like you had planned.

The first tomato to start flowering and setting fruit this year was ‘El Nano’, which surprised me quite a bit. I was fully expecting ‘Silvery Fir Tree’ to be the first. This variety did quite well for me on the west coast, so I was a little unsure as to how it would fair in a drier, hotter, and shorter climate. Turns out my worries were for nothing because it’s doing even better than it did for me before.

Slocan Snow Peas, flowering – July 1, 2017

Slocan Snow Peas are doing quite well for me as well, which isn’t so much a surprise because my mom had grown them in the area before and I knew they had done well for her. Within a week they had shot up, started flowering, and now producing delicious, lovely fresh snap peas (which we’ve already been snacking on). I’ll be sending a healthy amount of these seeds to the Seeds of Diversity seed library. They need a rather large helping to help ensure they’re preserved and quantity is made available to more people, and if past years are any indication, I should have a good amount come harvest time to send them.

Slocan Snow Peas, setting fruit – July 7, 2017

The next few weeks should prove to be very active in the garden – the beans are on the verge of flowering & fruiting and more and more tomatoes are setting fruit. This is the best time in the garden – I don’t have to fear the oncoming frost, but harvest is just around the corner. Stay tuned for more updates coming along in the following weeks.

Also stay tuned for the newest seeds for distribution to be released this year. I’m running a bit late – spring and the beginning of summer proved to be quite busy, but they’re coming soon, and it’ll be announced on the mailing list when that list goes live – you can be the first to know by joining using the form to your left.

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’