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We're beginning to offer more plants and roots! I'm hoping to expand this section over time, as we establish and propagate more plants at the farm.

Shipping within Canada only. (I can still ship your seeds internationally, just not live plants)

Shipping is a flat $20 for all orders with plants and roots. Just select the shipping option during checkout. If you order both seeds and plants, we'll mail your seeds separately and ship your plants when they're ready to go out.

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Russian Comfrey Root Cuttings - Annapolis Seeds - Nova Scotia Canada
Russian Comfrey (Root Cuttings) - Package of 12
Price: $20.00

Orders will be shipped May 2020

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, May and October. Orders will be filled on the soonest dig.

Prices and Shipping details
: Please select the Live Plants and Roots shipping option during checkout. Postage is $20. 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:

-12 roots for $20
-24 roots for $35
-36 roots for $45
-48 roots for $55

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 stream sides 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.
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Clearwater Sunchoke (Jerusalem Artichoke) Tubers - Annapolis Seeds
Clearwater Sunchoke - 1 pound
Price: $20.00

1 pound (454 g) of tubers

Please select the "Live Plants and Roots" shipping option during checkout.

Like all of our live plants, shipping within Canada only.

Also known as Jerusalem Artichoke. Despite its common name this marvelous plant has no connection with Jerusalem... or artichokes! Native to North America, it has long been cultivated by indigenous gardeners all across the east.

A perennial sunflower relative, they grow to 6-8 feet and are topped with yellow flowers in September. The tubers mature in October, and can be dug at any time, or left in the ground to be dug in the winter or early Spring. They don't store as well as other root crops, so I like to simply dig them as I need them.

Sunchokes are extremely hardy, and thrive in almost any garden conditions. The only places they won't enjoy are deep shade or permanently wet soil. They will re-sprout from small pieces of tuber, and are difficult to remove once established. Choose your site carefully! Smothering for a season with landscape fabric is the best way to remove unwanted plants. That said, a well situated patch can yield tons of food, with almost no care.

Clearwater is a variety from Will Bonsall's extensive collection in Maine. Their tubers are less knobbly than most varieties, making them easier to chop and prepare. Will discovered this one growing in the garden of a neighbour, on Clearwater Pond.

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Covington Sweetpotato Slips - Annapolis Seeds - Nova Scotia Canada
Covington Sweetpotato - Bundle of 12 Slips (Out of stock for 2019)
Price: $20.00

Preorder only - Very limited supply!

Please select the 'Live Plants and Roots' shipping option during checkout. Shipping within Canada only.

We'll aim to ship our sweetpotato slips mid May to early June. Leave a comment on your order if you have any timing preferences, otherwise we'll ship them first come first serve.

New for 2019 - We're excited to offer sweetpotato slips for the first time this year!

I've become a big fan of this short season variety. Covington was bred in North Carolina, but is well adapted for growing further North. I've tried growing a few varieties over the years, and this my favourite one yet! We average 4-6 medium sized roots per plant, without using black plastic. Plastic or a greenhouse to warm the soil would increase yields significantly. Said to be an especially long-keeping variety, and from what I've observed, so far I'd have to agree. I originally picked up this strain from Valley Harvest Sweet Potatoes, who grow them commercially near Kentville.

Growing info:

Slips are the young shoots, separated from the mother potato and lightly rooted. They can be planted directly into the garden on arrival, but I find it best to pot them up like young tomato plants, and let them get more established indoors or in a greenhouse. Transplant to the garden after the risk of front and after the soil has warmed. I plant mine out mid-June.

They like average garden soil. Sandy loam is ideal, but they can grow in heavier soil as long as they aren't water logged. Fairly drought tolerant; I've never had irrigate beyond the transplant stage.

The biggest factor to growing sweetpotatoes in our northern climate is two things: heat and sunlight. They want as much as possible of both. Full sun is a must, but heat is a more complex topic.

The standard technique, used by most serious growers, is to plant in hills covered by black plastic. This both suppresses weeds, and most importantly, increases soil temperature. Simply growing them in a greenhouse or polytunnel also works great. For us in the warm Annapolis Valley, I get decent yields without plastic, just by planting them into the garden. But anywhere more cool than here, and certainly anywhere near the coast, I'd suggest black plastic might be your only hope for productive sweet potatoes!

"Sweet Potatoes for the Home Garden" by Ken Allen is an excellent book on the topic of Canadian sweetpotato growing. We don't sell it, but try to track down a copy if you can.

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