Everywhere one looks, people are trying real hard to make serious adjustments in their health and life. This Greenhouse is making every effort to keep in tune with these changes, by showing you the consumer & gardener interesting varieties to spice up your life and palette. Read on, make yourself at home. (Oh! Don’t forget your “Tim’s”!) There is much to see, learn & enjoy and it will certainly take awhile!
Our Photo Album (and the close to 600 photos on Flickr…) highlight only a tiny amount of the many great Heritage/Heirloom vegetable varieties still available in NA. Every year more varieties become “lost” because someone or a company has chosen to “drop” more varieties, because either: they are not selling well enough, they’ve lost their suppliers or the family business must close because of lack of interest OR…the proprietors are getting old and are no longer able to carry on the business for one reason or another. This % is alarmingly high, considering how many were available less than 150 years ago.
Please be aware, we DO NOT OFFER bulk amounts of seed. Neither are we HUGE operators, nor do we have HUGE inventories. We like to keep our inventory small, so as to keep it moving and fresh. (WE hate throwing out old seeds! This is such a waste!) Our packets are also set for smaller gardens. We want YOU to think about maintaining some of these beautiful varieties…not feeding you today and tomorrow…there is NO THOUGHT of! So PLEASE do not ask us to sell you ANY large amounts. We are focusing primarily on small gardeners.
Please read our “HOW TO ORDER” sections as there have been some NEW changes. And don’t forget our blogs under “FROM MANDY”S MUDROOM”. There too is more “input” for everyone.
Some history: our Greenhouse resides (out in the country…) 1 1/2 miles NE from the town of Tyndall, Manitoba Canada. Over 34 years ago, due to excessive perennial flowers (and the need for change…) numerous plant/garage sales began. About the same time 50 tomato plants were left over after the garden was planted (Lemon Boy, Beefmaster, Oxheart, Sugar Cherry, Manitoba and Giant Belgium) and these were offered up for sale. They immediately sold out! That’s when the madness really began!
Following this pleasant surprise, approximately 50-100 more heritage and heirloom vegetable plants had been introduced and added each year to the inventory. In 2013 the plant inventory (only of tomatoes) stood at approx. 2500. (Hobby Greenhouse??) Our listing comprised of approx. ?430 varieties of tomatoes, 120 peppers and numerous other unusual varieties of vegetables from Canada, US, Germany, France, Africa, India, Russia, Australia, Sweden, Czech, and many more countries too numerous to mention. At that time, there were close to 1600 different varieties in total, that we had in our collection!
In 2014, it was decided to ? slow down the G.H. business. Grandchildren and family have always been very important to us and despite retiring from full time Nursing in 2010, there just wasn’t enough time in the day or year to go anywhere or even do things for ourselves, as the G.H. continued to consume it! What to do?
Have always loved the huge collection we have, but in order to have some sanity, it was decided to continue on a HOBBY BASIS. (To get some of these rarer varieties into more responsible hands, to pass on these wonderful heirloom genetics.) This also meant, stopping our huge offerings of plants and concentrate on ourselves and our needs.
Every attempt is made to insure that the varieties chosen are in fact true to type. A lot depends on accessing reliable records when available and their descriptions. A lot of time and research (adding to over 25 years!) had been used in obtaining this kind of information. In truth, this site contains tons more info than anywhere else!
More importantly, ALL the vegetables were trialed and grown personally by us, at the greenhouse, so if you were to ask about it, we would have some personal info. to share with you about it (whether it is a success story or not…in our eyes)
For a vegetable variety to be offered by this greenhouse, it would have to have a unique trait, consistent from any other of its kind. Every attempt is made to describe these traits where possible. Many were chosen for extensive and interesting histories, old fashioned or extreme flavor differences, growth type, form and visual appearance and where possible… a satisfying and efficient production. Conscientious and caring customers find this an invaluable service.
In the past couple of years, more people have tested/trialed and seriously attempted to live the 100 mile diet. After doing some research on the subject, it was felt that the offerings at our G.H. were right in line with this “simplicity of living”! Time has proven, in today’s society this can be a huge challenge with soooo many “unhealthy conveniences” milling right around us, that going back to basics is more a necessity than the accepted truth. We hope the selections found within our store will help our customers.
And finally it has been recognized (and will be respected) that people have different tastes, dietary habits, health needs and issues. Because we had trialed sooooo many, we are personally able to recommend those most suitable for our customers. Feel free to “hob-nob” with us anytime: via email…. firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE: Mandy’s Greenhouse is in a “hobby/retirement” mode BUT our extensive collection will be maintained for as long as we are able. Each year we grow out different vegetables for our own table, we will always be mindful that we need to save some seed. Therefore some extras we will re-offered, in the hopes of keeping as many Heirloom/Heritage vegetable varieties alive and well…to pass on!
Effective 2022! We will no longer be offering EXTRA PLANTLETS in the spring. 33 years has been a long time to be in operation! The season of 2021 was outstandingly generous (from 180 tomato varieties…) and much seed in the way of tomatoes, beans, peas and cucumbers were harvested. Our seed is stored very responsibly and should maintain high germination rates for years to come. (In 2021…we found 2 tomato varieties, being 9 years old germinate close to 90%!) In addition, we will be growing out varieties for ourselves and the germination rates will continue to be recorded. In all fairness, we will add extra bonus packets so that our customers won’t feel slighted.
May your garden bless you with abundance! And don’t forget to do your part in preserving OUR HERITAGE VEGETABLE SEED GENETICS !
From our garden to yours…HAPPY GROWING!