To make good choices, you need to plan well and be informed. Where will your garden be located? How big? What is the exposure to the sun, the rusticity zone where you live? Answer these questions first, and take the time to carefully read the planting instructions printed on the seed packets.
If you're planting vegetables in a balcony container or integrated into your flower beds, in a large vegetable garden or small, requirements will vary. Also, consider plant pairings, since certain plants are good companion plants for others, protecting them from insect pests.
Ideally, opt for untreated, organic seeds:
- without phytosanitary treatment
- untouched by chemical or synthetic products
- for delicious results!
- because older varieties have been developed for their disease resistance
Or "heritage" or "traditional" varieties:
- more than 50 years old
- among the tastiest varieties
- the most disease-resistant.
Herbs are quite easy to grow, and there's a bonus; their fragrance will repel certain insect pests from your other plants. Companion planting is all about who can do what and for whom! Clever pairing will help protect your precious vegetables.
Organic Sweet Basil
Basil is a kitchen classic. This delicious variety, though frost-sensitive, can be grown year-round indoors. Use fresh with tomatoes, in pesto, or as a seasoning for veal and lamb.
Organic Geisha Chives
Wonderful in the garden for its white flowers, but most of all, delicious in salads. Geisha has just a hint of garlic taste.
Astra Curled Parsley
A beautiful dark green, Astra parsley can be grown equally well indoors as out. Soak the seeds in water 24 hours before planting in peat pots.
A fast-growing rosemary plant, perfectly suited to tumbling over the edges of a hanging basket or as ground cover in the garden. Leaves are a lovely green, with a pine-like flavour and fragrance.
Thyme is easy to grow and thrives in all types of soil and climates. This variety has very small, grey-green leaves. Excellent for seasoning meats, fish and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables for beginners
For an ideal first-time growing experience, the following fruits and vegetables will provide you with a plentiful yield. Attention: the taste of home-grown vegetables is nothing like store-bought produce. It is so much better! There's no looking back!
Red Cored Chantenay Organic Carrots
Crunchy, golden-orange sweet carrots that are full of vitamins and easy to grow, even in heavy clay soil. With orange-red cores, carrots are short and thick, growing to 15 cm.
Fresh Pickles Hybrid Cucumber
Perfect for easy snacking and pickling. Up to 50 small cucumbers per plant, approximately 8 to 12 cm long. Plants are compact and climbing, ideal for container growing on the deck with plenty of sun. Resistant to mildew.
Salad Bowl Lettuce
Crisp, tender leaves picked as you need them make this a classic addition to summertime salads. Delicate, nutty flavour. Grows well in cooler temperatures. Reseed every 2 weeks to ensure a ready supply all summer.
Tasti-Lee Hybrid Tomato
Determinate variety that produces firm, deep red tomatoes with sensational flavour, Plants are compact and bushy.
Candyland Cherry Tomato
Sweet, flavourful, bright-red tomatoes. Plants are indeterminate and produce high yields. Easy to pick, easier to eat!
Carnival Blend Organic Peppers
Delicious mix of varieties that produce classic big bell peppers approximately 8 to 10 cm. Different colour, different flavour: orange, red, yellow, purple and ivory. Very easy to grow.