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A few of our plants that are especially useful in permaculture systems, perennial food forests, soil building or for bio-accumulation of nutrients.
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Elecampane - Annapolis Seeds - Nova Scotia Canada
Elecampane
Price: $3.00

Inula helenium - Elecampane is a powerful herb as well as a very useful permaculture plant. The huge flat leaves are green on top and velvet underneath. A perennial which blossoms with a six foot spike of small, sunflower-like blossoms starting in it's second year. Roots are harvested beginning at the end of their second year. It's valuable in permaculture systems as a dynamic accumulator, drawing up nutrients from deep in the sub-soil and bringing them to the surface when the plants die back and decompose in Autumn.

Eezer Perennial Wheat - Annapolis Seeds
Eezer Perennial Wheat
Price: $3.00

We’re excited to have this special seed to offer. Perennial wheat is still something that’s in the experimental phase, it’s the result of naturally crossing modern annual wheat with it’s wild perennial ancestors, and then breeding and selecting for large seeds and yields while keeping the perennial traits. The plants look “wilder” than annual wheat, with long elegant seed heads.

Best planted in Autumn and overwintered, for harvesting the following summer. Although spring plantings will also work. Each generation throws off a number of annual plants which should be rouged out. You can tell the annuals apart because they head out earlier and have more plump, conventional looking heads. Slightly lower yielding than annual wheat, because the plants have to hold some energy back for the winter, but it’s also just early on in the selection process. Lets grow these seeds far and wide, and select our best plants for future generations! Approx. 100 seeds


-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
Black Locust Tree - Annapolis Seeds - Nova Scotia Canada
Black Locust
Price: $3.00

A fast growing, nitrogen-fixing tree with one of the hardest, most rot-resistant woods in North America. Black Locust fence posts can last for decades. They thrive in the poorest soil and are one of the best for re-establishing forest on disturbed sites. Potential for high value coppicing, they regrow rapidly from root suckers. Beautiful, fragrant blossoms come out in June, and are one of the very best nectar sources for bees. Originally native to the Appalachians, but now naturalized throughout the East. Cold stratify seeds before planting. 40 seeds


-Wild harvested by Annapolis Seeds
Common Milkweed
Common Milkweed
Price: $3.00

(Asclepias syriaca) Help feed hungry monarchs! Milkweed is the only food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars, which are in decline partially due to a lack of food along their migration route. The monoculture farming that's now ubiquitous across North America often doesn't leave much room for the wild spaces where milkweed and monarchs used to make their living. Every summer we see 4-5 monarch butterflies in our milkweed patch, lets plant a monarch garden in every neighbourhood!

3'-4' perennial plants, with fragrant clusters of flowers loved by bees, followed by green seed pods (which are edible when young). Plants spread with rhizomes

50+ seeds

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds

Keep in mind, this is the native but potentially invasive Common Milkweed, so plant it in a corner it can take over without being in the way. There are also less-vigourous and "better behaved" milkweed species for flower gardens (we don't offer them currently, but search them out!).



Phacelia - Annapolis Seeds
Phacelia
Price: $3.00

(Phacelia tanacetifolia) aka Bee’s Friend. I've never seen a plant attract bees quite like Phacelia can. Sometimes planted en masse for a honey bee forage. A popular cover crop in Europe. Lacy foliage and lavender coloured blooms. Planted together, it will form a waist high annual hedge.


-Grown by Yonder Hill Farm and Annapolis Seeds
Russian Comfrey Root Cuttings - Annapolis Seeds - Nova Scotia Canada
Russian Comfrey (Root Cuttings) - Package of 12
Price: $20.00

Now taking orders for May 2019!

A multi-purpose super-plant, or arguably a very useful weed. I'm really happy we can offer comfrey root cuttings to you all!

The easiest plant in the world to grow. Although we don't know the specific strain of comfrey that we have, it's the sterile Russian Comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum) which only propagates through root cuttings. It won't spread and take over the garden, but choose a location carefully. Once comfrey is in the ground, it's there forever. Every piece of root grows easily into a new plant.

Shipping within Canada only. We dig and ship twice a year, early May and early October. Orders will be filled on the soonest dig.

Prices and Shipping details
: Comfrey shipping is a flat $15. Make sure to select the comfrey postage option in the checkout. When you order seeds and comfrey together, we'll mail your seeds out first and send the comfrey when it's time.

For larger quantities, click on the sizes below:

Sizes:
-12 roots for $20
-24 roots for $35
-36 roots for $42
-48 roots for $48


All about comfrey:


A powerful healing herb, comfrey is one of our most used medicinals around the farm. Both the leaves and roots have skin healing properties, I often use it as a quick poultice for minor cuts, and made into a salve with calendula it's great for dry skin and eczema.

Comfrey is also a super useful soil building plant. It's roots reach down many feet, drawing up nutrients into the prolific bushy foliage. The leaves can be cut multiple times per year as a fertilizer source. They can be brewed into a nitrogen rich fertilizer tea, used as mulch around plants or simply composted.

Traditionally eaten as a cooked green and spring tonic in many cultures, the leaves are soft and quite tasty, but fuzzy. Most authorities no longer encourage consuming comfrey internally, due to low levels of potentially toxic alkaloids. Many animals love it, we used to feed buckets full to our goats and cows.

We've planted comfrey around some of our young fruit trees. The uncut leaves form a perfect natural mulch where they fall, depositing nutrients and suppressing tree-competing grass.

Comfrey loves moisture, they thrive along streamsides and in ditches. But being the adaptable plants that they are, can grow in pretty much any soil.

Our comfrey has lived here at the farm longer than we have. We inherited a healthy patch of comfrey growing amongst the alders alongside Kempt Brook, maybe planted decades ago by one of our herb growing predecessors at the farm. I've been dividing and planting that comfrey over the years, and now it grows scattered throughout the orchard and thrives in a big patch in the moist gravelly soil by our bridge.