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September 2018

Garlic Bulbils are Available!

While supplies last, we have 48 varieties of garlic bulbils available for planting this fall. Bulbils - not the large bulbs that you're probably used to, but the tiny nuggets that grow in the scapes at the tops of the plants.

If you plant bulbils, be prepared to wait for two full years before harvesting fully-grown garlic, but the results should be better than clove-planted garlic, and growing from bulbils is a very economical way to scale up a diverse collection of varieties. Read our article to learn more: How to Grow Garlic From Bulbils

While supplies last, we will send you a good amount (at least 10) of bulbils for 5 different varieties for $15 including shipping and handling.  Please order by credit card / Paypal at

We cannot guarantee specific varieties, but if you have a favourite, please ask and we'll do our best to provide what you want.

Bulbils will run out quickly, so order soon!


How to Grow Garlic from Bulbils

This article was originally published in Seeds of Diversity ebulletin August 2016.

We offer bulbils from 48 varieties of garlic to help gardeners and garlic collectors preserve the amazing (and delicious) diversity of our favourite bulb.


Seeds of Diversity's Garlic Collection

In two community gardens near Waterloo and Cambridge, Ontario, visitors are often surprised to find a collection of 54 varieties of garlic. K-W Habilitation and the rare Charitable Research Reserve both operate large vegetable gardens to supply fresh produce for social services clients, and they have generously hosted Seeds of Diversity's Garlic Collection.


2018 Canadian Seed Catalogue Index

The newest and most up-to-date version of Seeds of Diversity’s Canadian Seed Catalogue Index (CSCI) is now online! For those of you who don’t know about our index, the CSCI is a resource list for gardeners and seed savers of all the seed companies in Canada, and the seeds that they sell. We update the listing regularly, and our latest version has over 17,500 entries of the amazing vegetable, melon, garlic and grain seeds offered by seed companies across the country! You can check out the CSCI on our website at


Nannyberry for Pollinators

This month we are showcasing a native shrub that benefits some of our native pollinators: Viburnum lentago. We are talking about nannyberry, also known as sheepberry or sweet viburnum, which is part of the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).

According to many online references, the plant is so-named because apparently nanny goats enjoy eating them more than the billy goats! Unfortunately, I could not track down an original reference that elaborated on this possible situation; instead, I found a reference that cites the plant is so-named because its fruit — berries — resemble the droppings of a nanny goat!


In this issue

How to Grow Garlic from Bulbils

Seeds of Diversity's Garlic Collection

2018 Canadian Seed Catalogue Index

Nannyberry for Pollinators

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Pollinating the Seed Movement: Community Seed Organizers’ Symposium
October 30, 2018
Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, Truro, NS

Seed Cleaning / Nettoyage des semences
Friday October 19, 2018          1 to 4
Ferme Coopérative Tourne-Sol
1025 Chemin Saint-Dominique Les Cèdres, QC

Annual Gathering of Ecological Seed Growers
Friday November 23, 2018          
Camp Papillon
Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez (Lanaudière), QC

ACORN Conference
Monday November 26-28, 2018
Delta Hotel
Charlottetown, PE

Seeds of Diversity's Seed Celebration and AGM
Tuesday December 4, 2018          7 pm
Four Point by Sheraton, 1150 Wellington Rd S
London, ON

ECOSGN-EFAO Conference
December 4 to 6
Four Points by Sheraton, 1150 Wellington Road South
London, ON

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