Apache Seeds

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Apache Seeds Ltd., 10136 - 149 Street, Edmonton, AB

Seeds for food-bearing plants are one of our most precious assets. Bred and tested over the ten thousand years that humanity has been farming, the seeds that we propagate today produce miraculous amounts and varieties of foods. There are entities and organizations in Canada that research and protect these treasures, but we could be doing much more. Specifically, I would like to see Alberta fund a university research centre to further research and preserve knowledge in the area of cold-climate agriculture and gardening. I think that they have a strong program like I’ve described at the University of Saskatchewan (to be honest, we could have something like that in Alberta that I’ve never heard of. Please comment if you can enlighten me).

We do have a burgeoning culture emerging around the issue of seeds. Edmonton’s annual Seedy Sunday event (for those “interested in plant biodiversity, heritage gardening, organic gardening, and seeds”) is happening this year at Alberta Avenue Community Hall (9210 118 Ave NW) on Sunday March 20, 2011 from 11-4.

And we have a local institution, Apache Seeds, Ltd. I went there today since it’s time to plant onions indoors. There’s no other place that I know of that carries garden seeds at this time of year (especially not unusual ones like onion seeds) .

As the old-timey sign implies, Apache Seeds is a long-time Edmonton company. I don’t know much about its history, but its reputation suggests that it is THE place to go if you need anything beyond your run-of-the-mill tomato and corn seeds.

I wasn’t disappointed. Apache has hundreds of different kinds of seed packets from at least seven or eight different companies. They have heirloom and organic seeds. Bulk seeds. Even grass seed (including drought-tolerant grass seed, which I have had problems finding I the past).

I had four or five kinds of onion and leek seeds to choose from, plus I picked up some eggplant and pepper seeds.

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Yup, more seeds.

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The gardening book corner.

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I hope that the importance of seeds and gardening grows so much in Edmonton that Apache opens new stores someday. Maybe those stores will even carry varieties that were bred right here at one of Edmonton’s universities.

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I love Apache Seeds. The staff are knowledgable and friendly and it's a great place to get out of the winter and plan for spring!!!!

Thanks for the pics! I called them about a month ago, been meaning to go check them out.

Hmmmmm, I am thinking I have a field trip to plan!! A new place to find and explore..... Thank-You!

I like Apache seeds especially if you are looking for the special and rare varieties, wish they can find me the seeds of the Indian Cluster Bean also called Guvar bean by us East Indians, it is a staple in India.I managed to find the slow bolting type of Cilantro Calypso. They have some very nice Clivia plants too.

I've have a couple questions. What variety of beefsteak tomatoe grows the largest tomatoe? I seen and bought this arctic fire from Apache Seeds, which I might add Ive been a customer for many years. On the package it had qualities that caught my attention. It said it was the largest tomatoe, sets fruit on colder days, doesn't need pollinator, and can grow on north side location. I can't find much info online about this variety. Second question. I've been looking for the solanum blue flower potatoe bush plant Everywhere. Do you know who carries it locally? Thanks a bunch.

MIchelle S

I am very pleased at the service i recieved at Apache seeds. The staff were friendly & very helpful. They even helped me with specials so i didnt have to spend as much money. What we couldnt find at the other greenhouses, we found here. keep up the excellent work. thank you

I wish they would publish their hours of operation ... at least have a telephone answering system with the hours....

OMG! This is bloody FANTASTIC!! I have been looking all over the web for a company that strictly sells seed(bulbs...etc) locally, but no matter what I searched, I always got online seed stores. But this is great. Its local, and as the pictures look, it seems like they have EVERYTHING. I'm definitely going to go there tomorrow! I am already *cringes* christmas shopping and well.... I'm going to be buying seeds as gifts, for my fellow beginning garden growers( I myself am one) so this is PERFECT! Im so very very excited! Thank you so much for sharing this!! Just in case other people would like to check them out here:

Apache Seeds Limited
Address: 10136 149 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 1L1
Phone: (780) 489-4245

Hours of Operation:

Sunday Closed
Monday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Thank you!

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