2024 Seed Giveaway

Seed Giveaway is an annual gardening initiative aimed towards empowering the Milton community to reconnect with the natural world, learn new skills, and gain awareness on sustainable practices.

 

  1. Visit the library to get free seeds (while supplies last).
  2. Explore the website to learn more about this year’s seeds.
  3. Listen to a short, informative interview with Sustainable Milton about how to get started.
  4. Learn about our 2024 partners.
  5. Participate in related events.

How to Get Started

While planting our flower and vegetable gardens, it is important to note the significance of incorporating native plants as well.
Listen to Sustainable Milton discuss the health benefits of native plants and the healthy bugs that create a sustainable ecosystem.

Transcript coming soon.






Flower Seed Varieties


Calendula

 

Sow seeds in the spring.
Plant 1/4″ deep.
Thin to 8-12″ apart after emergence.
Plants grow 8-24″ tall.
Dead head regularly for continuous blooms from spring to frost.
Matures 6-8 weeks after sowing.

 


Cosmos

 

Sow seeds indoors in early spring.
Plant 1/2″ deep and 2″ apart.
Dead head regularly for continuous blooms.
Matures 7-9 weeks (50-60 days) after sowing.
Need full sun.

 

 

 

Dill

 

Sow seeds on surface in rows. Lightly pat down.
Plant no more than 1/4″ deep, 18″ apart.
Matures 9-10 weeks (65 days) after sowing.
Need full sun.

 

 

Marigolds

 

Sow seeds in spring. Lightly pat down.
Plant no more than 1/3″ deep, 1″ apart.
Dead head regularly for continuous blooms.
Matures 9-10 weeks (65 days) after sowing.
Need full sun.

 

 

 

Vegetable Seed Varieties

Dark Green Zucchini

 

A hot weather crop requiring full sun and deep, rich, and well-drained organic soil (pH of 5.5-6.5).
Before planting, work in lots of compost.
Plant directly outdoors from late-May to mid-June.
Plant 1″ deep in hills that are 8-feet apart, 4-6 seeds per hill
Thin to 3 plants per hill
Seeds can be started indoors 3-weeks before the plant out date..
Squash do not transport well, so use paper or fibre pots that can be set directly into soil.
Protect mature squash from frost and cold temperatures.
Harvest fruit for best quality when 10-12″ long.
Grows 50-100 cm in height.
This is the zucchini to have when you are pressed for space! Very easy to grow in half whisky-barrel sized containers.

 

Genovese Basil

 

Sow seed directly outdoors in a sunny site with average soil in late May and June.
Plant seed 3/16″ deep and 1/4″ apart.
Thin to 10-12″ apart.
Do not rush planting.
Loves warm soil and warm temperatures, so languish if temperatures are below 15C .

A great addition to any herb garden.
Makes perfect pesto every time.
A spicy taste just waiting to get out of the large, 2″ long dark green leaves.
This variety is quite slow to bolt.

Long Red Cayenne Pepper

 

Start indoors. Use a soil-less growing mix.
Sow seed 1/4 deep.
Maintain growing at 21 C to enhance germination.
Grow seedings under bright light and temperatures of 16-21C to produce strong, stocky plants.
Transplant after hardening off, in late May to early June.
Full sun and a well-drained soil is best.
Space 12″ apart in rows spaced 24″ apart.
Control weeds and avoid high nitrogen fertilizers.
Harvests at different maturities to experience a wide range of flavours and textures.
Staking recommended.

Moderately hot.
Plants about 2 1/2-feet tall produce thin, tapered, hot peppers about 6″ long and 1/2″ thick.
Fruit is often curled and twisted and ripens to a green/crimson red.
Ideal for canning, pickling or drying.
A very good all purpose hot chili.
Suitable for use in eastern Asian cuisine.
Scoville Heat Unit Rating – 4000.

Oregano

Sow seed directly outdoors in sunny area using average soil.
Sow in mid-to-late May or again in mid-August through to mid-September.
Sow seed 1/4″ deep and 1/8″ apart.
Thin to 8″ apart.

Oregano is a well-known member of the mint family.
It is a mainstay in Italian, Spanish and Mexican cuisine.
Oregano is also used in herbal tea and of course goes hand-in-hand with most tomato dishes.
Greek oregano is also known as winter marjoram or Griechischer oregano.

 

 

 

 

Roma Tomato

 

Sow seeds indoors.
Remperature of the seeding mix should be 21-24 C (70 – 75 F) for prompt germination.
When the seedlings are 1.75″ high, transplant each into individual peat pots.
Reduce temperature to 15–18C until planting in the garden in late May.
After hardening off, transplant into well-drained organic soil  24″ apart for determinate varieties
and 90 cm (36″) apart for indeterminate varieties.
Need warmth, direct sunlight and a steady supply of water.
Keep plants well-watered by applying water to the soil rather than showering down over the plants.
Harvest in approximately (10-11 weeks). Days to harvest are highly variable depending on growing conditions.

An exceptional paste-type tomato that is suitable for canning or for thickening tomato juice or sauce.
Fruits are plum shaped and bright red with very few seeds in the flesh.
Bred for resistance to verticillium wilt and fusarium.

Summer Red Peppers

 

Start indoors. Use a soil-less growing mix.
Sow 1/4″ deep.
Maintain growing at a temperature of 21C to enhance germination.
Grow the seedlings under bright light and temperatures of 16-21C  to produce strong, stocky plants.
Transplant after hardening off, in late May to early June.
Full sun and a well-drained soil is best.
Space the plants 12″ apart in rows spaced 24″ apart.

A great looking, slightly blocky, 4-lobed, bell-shaped fruit 4-1/2 x 4″ size with a thick wall and very sweet taste.
Grows 60-80 cm in height.
Fruit will mature from green to a beautiful solid red.
Very productive with excellent disease resistance!

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Scoville heat unit (SHU) rating is a guide to the perceived hotness of peppers caused by the active component capsaicin. The scale ranges from 0 (bell peppers) up to 2,693,000 (Pepper X). More information can be found here: here and here.

 

2024 Partners

This year’s seeds have been generously provided by Flor Gardens and the Ontario Seed Company (OSC).
Planting advice courtesy of Sustainable Milton.


Flor Gardens

Your destination for beautiful flowers.

Flor Gardens is a family-owned flower farm located in Rockwood, Ontario and are dedicated to providing high-quality fresh flowers and products from their farm. They are passionate about the beauty of nature.

Flor Gardens’ commitment to sustainability is reflected in their use of environmentally friendly practices and pesticide-free flowers and they believe in promoting the health of pollinators and the ecosystem. 


Ontario Seed Company

Proudly serving Canadian gardeners for over 125 years.

OSC Seeds is the largest Canadian owned and operated packet seed company, offering a full line of products including over 30 herbs, 250 vegetables, 240 annuals, and 100 perennials and biennials suitable for Canada’s various climates.

OSC Seeds is a fifth-generation family business with over 125 years of growing history and is proud to be wholly Canadian-owned and operated. From their central facility in Kitchener, Ontario, OSC Seeds ships from coast to coast across Canada.

Sustainable Milton

Environment First, Solution Focused

Sustainable Milton is a nonprofit, non-partisan environmental advocacy group located in Milton, Ontario. Their goal is to create a sustainable and resilient Milton through initiatives that help reduce the impacts of climate change. Sustainable Milton is all about action, education, and advocacy. Environment First, Solution Focused. That’s the essence of Sustainable Milton.