Artwork by Andrew Sharp
Artwork by Andrew Sharp



Download Grant and Karen’s ‘tried and true’ seed varieties as well as their planting and harvesting schedule.

Grant Dowell and Karen Digby's Seed Guide
photo by Suzanne Crocker

Download Louise Piché’s Seed Guide. Louise is well-known as a wonderful gardener in Dawson, and a frequent prize winner at the Discovery Days Horticultural Fair in Dawson City, Yukon.

Download Louise Piché’s Seed Guide
photo by Suzanne Crocker

Let us know your ‘tried and true’ produce seed varieties that grow well in your area.  We will share the information on this site to help other Northerners choose the best seeds to grow! You can see our growing list of contributed seed knowledge here.



Shared Seed Knowledge Contributions

Cherry Tomato, Sweet Million, Stokes
Bear Creek, Dawson City
Hybrid: 60 days
March 1: start indoors; plant in greenhouse
A family favourite. One year this tomato was our winning horticultural show entry!Lastraw Ranch

Tomato, Black Prince, Saltspring Seeds
Dawson, Dredge Pond
Open Pollinated; Have successfully harvested and regrown seeds!
Feb/March:  start indoors; plant in greenhouse

Tomato, Yellow Pear, Saltspring Seeds
Dawson, Dredge Pond
Feb/March: start indoors, plant in greenhouse

Sugar Beets (non gmo):  Saltspring Seeds

Spinach, New Zealand Spinach: West Coast and Saltspring Seeds
Dawson, Rock Creek
Open Pollinated; 55-65 days
Start indoors or direct seed, plant outside
Not actually a spinach, but tastes like it.  Doesn’t bolt!

Spinach, Fothergill’s Perpetual Been Green Spinach
Saltspring Seeds and Dawson Hardware Store
Dawson, Rock Creek
Doesn’t bolt!

Dawson, Dome Subdivision
For early spring baby spinach leaves:  Direct seed in unheated greenhouse as soon as the dirt thaws (end of April, early May)
Don’t heat the greenhouse and should have baby spinach to harvest by the end of May, before you plant your greenhouse for the summer.
Riley Brennan

Spaghetti Squash,  Pinnacle; William Dam Seeds
Dawson, Grant’s Island
Hybrid; 85 days
May 1: start indoors, plant outside
Productive and stores well.
Grant Dowdell

Corn, Earlivee; West Coast Seeds
Dawson, Grant’s Island
Hybrid; 71 days
May 1:  start indoors, plant outside
The only short season sweet corn that has worked on Grant’s Island
Grant Dowdell

Cucumber, Roxynante; West Coast Seeds
Dawson, Dome Subdivision
Hybrid; 60 days
Early April;  start indoors; plant in greenhouse
Suzanne Crocker

Kale, Winterbor; West Coast Seeds
Dawson, Dome Subdivision
Hybrid; 60 days
Mid April; start indoors, plant outside
Suzanne Crocker

Asparagus, Jersey Giant Green & Purple Passion; Vesseys
Dawson, Rock Creek
For greatest success, buy the roots not the seeds.
Direct seed in the spring in soil that is  50% dirt & 50% sand.
Do not harvest until second year.
Second season cut the asparagus from June till mid July and then let be for the following year.
– Louise Piché, Rock Creek, Dawson, Yukon

Indigo Rose Tomatoes
Certified organic seeds from West Coast Seeds
Tomatoes are open pollinated and take 75 days to reach maturity.
– Lou Tyacke and Gary Masters, Sister Island, Dawson City

Black Beauty Eggplant
Grow in a greenhouse. Plants are open pollinated, 74 days to maturity.– Stephanie Williams, Dredge Pond Subdivision, Dawson City, Yukon

Shoya Long  Eggplant
Hybrid. grow in a greenhouse. 60 days to maturity. Need lots of water.
– Stephanie Williams, Dredge Pond Subdivision, Dawson City, Yukon

Thank you!

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