Our Seed Library is OPEN 7 days a week

Get your seeds and start growing now for the 2022 Garden Season!

Last year we compiled 30 days of Gratitude – Giving Back Thank you to our great Mother Earth. Here is our List of 30 seeds/plants, recipes and favourite garden links for you to get inspired for Seed Starting.
Did you know that our FREE seed library is open 7 days a week?

Even through the rainiest day, the coldest snow storm, the hottest days of the year.
We are fortunate to have a local ECO HUB as our base at the Healing Muse Apothecary
AND accessible via Big Guys Coffeeshop
Coffeeshop & Seed Library Hours:
9-5pm Monday to Saturday
9-3pm on Sundays

Yes – Big Guys Coffeeshop is open all year long
(except for New Year’s Day, but that’s a great day to stay home!)

Use our Seed Library
– FREE –
In our Local Eco Hub:

The Healing Muse
2859 Lakeshore Blvd West
Toronto ON
M8V 1H1

get your seeds started now into seedlings

You can receive FREE seeds by mail, from our SEED LIBRARY, just send us a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope)
—- please note what seeds you are looking for, or we will send a random assortment of garden veggies and flowers!

Explore with these Daily Inspirations from our Garden Stewards. Pick up a new book to read, some seeds from our local seed library at The Healing Muse and maybe even try a new recipe from the garden. Here are 30 ways to begin!

[you can receive seeds by mail, just send us a SASE – self stamped and self addressed envelope]


seedling 1 – Purple Cornflower

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Purple Cornflower – Echinacea purpurea, Tall, Purple North American Native, Pollinator


Feel Good Book to Read: 
Everything Elderberry: How to Forage, Cultivate, and Cook With This Amazing Natural Remedy by: Susannah Shmurak 


Garden Recipe to Try: Elderflower Syrup 

Quote to Enjoy: “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ” A. A. Milne

seedling 2 – Common Milkweed

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Common Milkweed – Asclepias syriaca , Tall, Soft Pink North American Native, Pollinator


Feel Good Book to Read: 
Grow your own spices: harvest homegrown ginger, turmeric, saffron, wasabi, vanilla, cardamom, and other incredible spices – no matter where you live By: Tasha Greer


Garden Recipe to Try: Zucchini Lemon Cake

Quote to enjoy: “Garden as though you will live forever. ” Thomas Moore

seedling 3 – African Marigold

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: African Marigold – Tagetes Erecta, Large, Yellow Flower


Feel Good Book to Read: 
Medicinal Herbs of Eastern Canada: a pictorial manual  By: Brenda Jones


Garden Recipe to Try: Cherry Tomato sauce 

Quote to Enjoy: “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”  Luther Burbank

seedling 4 – Basil

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Basil – Bacilicum Genovese, Herb


Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Suburban Micro Farm: modern solutions for busy people. By: Amy Stross


Garden Recipe to Try: Recipe: Pear Chutney

Quote to Enjoy: “A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it. ” Dogen

seedling 5 – Butterfly Milkweed

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Butterfly Milkweed – Asclepia Tuberosa 


Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Living Soil Handbook: the no-till grower’s guide to ecological market gardening


Garden Recipe to Try: Green Tomato Tarts

Quote to Enjoy: “Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.” Georges Bernanos

seedling 6 – Calendula

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Calendula – Calendula Officinalis 


Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Book of the Earthworm. By: Sally Coulthard


Garden Recipe to Try: Zucchini Lasagna

Quote to Enjoy: “I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds. ” Robert Bridges

seedling 7 – Blanket Flower

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Blanket Flower (Native) – Gaillarda


Feel Good Book to Read: 
Herbal Houseplants: grow beautiful herbs – indoors!  By: Susan Betz


Garden Recipe to Try: Garden Fresh Tomato Soup

Quote to Enjoy: “Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration. ” D. H. Lawrence

seedling 8 – Brown Eyed Susan

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Brown-Eyed Susan, Rudebeckia Triloba 


Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Ecological Gardener: how to create beauty and diversity from the soil up. By: Matt Rees-Warren


Garden Recipe to Try: Dark Cherry Mulberry Jam Recipe

Quote to Enjoy: “Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are. ” Alfred Austin

seedling 9 – Chamomile

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Chamomile – Matricaria chamomilla 


Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables. By: Lorene Forkner


Garden Recipe to Try: Pickled Garlic Scapes Recipe 

Quote to Enjoy: “The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.”Rabindranath Tagore

seedling 10 – Columbine

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Columbine (Vulgaris), Dark Purple Flower – Aquilegia Vulgaris – https://garden.org/plants/view/136675/European-Columbine-Aquilegia-vulgaris-Clementine-Dark-Purple/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Energetic Herbalism : A Guide to Sacred Plant Traditions Integrating Elements of Vitalism, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine.

Maier, Kat

Garden Recipe to Try: Baked Apple

Quote to Enjoy: “A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.”  Michael Pollan

seedling 11 – Coneflower

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Coneflower (Prairie) – Ratibida Columnifera 


Feel Good Book to Read: 
Winterland: Create a Beautiful Garden for Every Season. By: Cathy Rees


Garden Recipe to Try: Saskatoon Rhubarb Jam

Quote to Enjoy: “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ” Khalil Gibran

seedling 12 – Coreopsis

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Coreopsis, Yellow Tickseed – Coreopsis


Feel Good Book to Read:  
Outstanding American gardens : a celebration : 25 years of the Garden Conservancy By: Brenner, Marion

Garden Recipe to Try: Spicy Peach Chutney

Quote to Enjoy: “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. ” May Sarton

seedling 13 – Dill

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Dill – Anethum Graveolens

herbal oil with bread


Feel Good Book to Read: 
Seasons of an Amish garden : four stories  By: Amy Clipston

Garden Recipe to Try: Low Sugar Red Currant Jelly

Quote to Enjoy: “Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too. ” William Cowper

seedling 14 – Columbine Red

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Columbine (Eastern Red) – Aquilegia Canadensis


Feel Good Book to Read: 
Saladish: a crunchier, grainier, herbier, heartier, tastier way with vegetables By Ilene Rosen 


Garden Recipe to Try: Green Tomato Mincemeat Tarts

Quote to Enjoy: “Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers. ” May Sarton

seedling 15 – Evening Primrose

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Evening primrose – Oenothera Biennis 


Feel Good Book to Read: 
Sisterhood of the Enchanted Forest: Sustenance, Wisdom, and Awakening in Finland’s Karelia  By: Naomi Moriyama 


Garden Recipe to Try: Green Tomato Chutney

Quote to Enjoy: “From plants that wake when others sleep, from timid jasmine buds that keep their odour to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let the delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about. ” Thomas Moore


seedling 16 – Field Poppy

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Field Poppy (annual) – Papaver Rhoeas


Feel Good Book to Read: 
Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive  By: Philipp Dettmer


Garden Recipe to Try: Chocolate Zucchini Bread or Muffins

Quote to Enjoy: “Garden as though you will live forever. ” Thomas Moore

seedling 17 – Hollyhock

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Hollyhocks – Alcea rosea


Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Embodied Mind: Understanding the Mysteries of Cellular Memory, Consciousness, and Our Bodies  By: Thomas S. Verny


Garden Recipe to Try: Herb Butter Cookies

Quote to Enjoy: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ” Marcus Tullius Cicero

seedling 18 – Coriander

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Coriander / Cilantro – Coriandrum Sativum


Feel Good Book to Read: 
Everyday Vitality: Turning Stress into Strength  By: Samantha Boardman


Garden Recipe to Try: Sour Cherry Jelly

Quote to Enjoy: “To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.” William Blake

seedling 19 – Joe Pye Weed

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Joe Pye Weed – Eutrochium


Feel Good Book to Read: 
The One-Straw Revolution: an introduction to natural farming  By: Masanobu Fukuoka


Garden Recipe to Try:  Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Quote to Enjoy: “It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees. ” George Eliot

seedling 20 – Lettuce Green

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Lettuce (Green) – Lactuca Sativa


Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: a medicine-making guide  By: Thomas Easley


Garden Recipe to Try: Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Quote to Enjoy: “A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. ” D. Elton Trueblood

seedling 21 – Morning Glory

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Morning Glory – Ipomoea Tricolor


Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s new world  By: Andrea Wulf


Garden Recipe to Try: Mulberry Preserves

Quote to Enjoy: “A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. ” Liberty Hyde Bailey

seedling 22 – Oregano

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Oregano – Origanum vulgare

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Edible flowers : how, why, and when we eat flowers

Nelson, Monica, author.
Contributors: Glaviano, Adrianna, photographer. 2021


Quote to Enjoy: “Colours are the smiles of nature”- Leigh Hunt

seedling 23 – Foxglove Beardtongue

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Foxglove Beardtongue – Penstemon Digitalis

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Unearthing The secret garden : the plants and places that inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett

McDowell, Marta, author. 2021

Quote to Enjoy: “A garden of friends is always in bloom”- author unknown

seedling 24 – Peas speckled

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Speckled Peas – Pisum sativum var. saccharatum

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Garden variety

Wilhelmi, Christy, author.2022

Quote to Enjoy: “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world”- John Muir

seedling 25 – Mullein

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Mullein Common – Verbascum thapsus L.

Feel Good Book to Read:
People : A Relationship Guide for Plants and Their Parents

Resta, Alessia2022

Quote to Enjoy: “Friends are flowers in the garden of life”- author unknown

seedling 26 – Tomato Green Tiger

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Tomato – Verbascum thapsus L.

Feel Good Book to Read:
Nature is never silent : how animals and plants communicate with each other

Ziege, Madlen, author.2021

Quote to Enjoy: “Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life”- Rachel Carson


Rebugging the planet : the remarkable things that insects (and other invertebrates) do – and why we need to love them more

Hird, Vicki, author.2021, Book , xi, 211 pages https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4174852&R=4174852

The green witch’s garden : your complete guide to creating and cultivating a magical garden space

Murphy-Hiscock, Arin, author.2021, Book , 224 pages https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4131117&R=4131117

Urban lichens : a field guide for northeastern North America : including New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, New Haven, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C.

Allen, Jessica L., author.Contributors: Hoffman, Jordan R., illustrator. ;Lendemer, James C., author.2021, Book , 158 pages :https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4172781&R=4172781