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Dear Fellow-Gardeners,

The 2012 growing season started badly and ended well. The spring was cold and wet (again) so early crops got off to a slow start. Peas did poorly and the seed harvest was small. The summer wasn’t hot so melons and squash barely matured but cukes were good. There was less late blight than in 2011. The wet weather encouraged fungus problems in the wheat which resulted in lower quantity and quality of seed. The fall was mIld and quite dry which led to a good bean seed harvest.

The plastic tunnel gave a good crop of tomatoes and peppers, both fruits and seeds, as well as lettuce and flower seeds. I am still not happy with my production of early vege-tables in it (I know I said that last year!).

My sister Judy again grew most of our seeds on the Cochin farm. Our daughter Rachelle joined me again in the Abbey garden for the summer and we did pretty well keeping the garden clean and productive. We delivered a lot of vegetables to the Ab-bey kitchen and started a new flower garden. If you ever come to experience the hos-pitality of St. Peter’s Abbey you will be eating some of the results of our work. See www.stpetersabbey.ca. A special thanks to the WWOOF-er volunteers who came to work with me this past summer (www.wwoof.org).

Frank Morton, of Wild Garden Seeds, is doing wonderful work in Oregon breeding and selecting seed, mostly for leaf crops. He emphasizes organic growing and he breeds for taste and disease resistance. He promotes biodiversity and offers a wide range of col-ours and forms, often in mixes. See my lettuce section as well as other leaf crops and a few root crops. For more information: www.wildgardenseed.com

I am always interested in the history of seeds so I am indicating a date of introduction for many varieties, and something of their origins whenever I can. I also note All American Selections (AAS) awards. Each year since 1933 seed breeders and companies have been submitting new varieties to be tested by seed companies and academic and research institutions all over North America. Those which appear to be a significant improvement over previous varieties are given an AAS award.

I continue to garden without agricultural chemicals. Most of the land at St. Peter’s Ab-bey is OCIA certified organic. A number of friends and relatives, and small growers, are providing me with some seed, and I am always ready to talk to new growers. A few of my seeds are from commercial sources. They are all open-pollinated and none of the seeds are treated, but they may have been grown using agricultural chemicals. I have indicated this by placing a C (for commercial seed) after the variety name.

PLEASE NOTE: During the peak season it will probably take six weeks to process an order. I encourage you to group orders whenever you can. On orders sent in one pack-age to one address there is only one handling charge, and there is a 10% discount on orders over $100. I hope you will forgive me if I occasionally group orders when it seems appropriate. If you are dissatisfied with any of my seeds I will replace them, refund you your money or give you a credit.

Looking Forward to serving you,
sincerely,


Jim Ternier


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