What makes our vegetable starts unique

Squash plants growing out of seed

High Quality Seeds

We purchase seeds from these amazing seed growers who have bred varieties specifically adapted to our Pacific Northwest climate.


Soil

Feel good planting our soil in your garden.

We make our own potting soil using more sustainable ingredients, such as organic amendments, coconut coir instead of peat moss and OMRI certified compost.

No-Peat Moss: Most commercial potting mixes primarily use peat moss. While peat moss has many advantages as an ideal growing medium it is also vital and non-renewable resource to northern eco-systems, such as Findland, Canada, Ireland and Sweden. The reliance of this resource in agriculture has contributed to its drastic decline.

Here is an article outlining some of these concerns.

Soil mixture

No-Peat Moss: Most commercial potting mixes primarily use peat moss. While peat moss has many advantages as an ideal growing medium it is also vital and non-renewable resource to northern eco-systems, such as Findland, Canada, Ireland and Sweden. The reliance of this resource in agriculture has contributed to its drastic decline.

Here is an article outlining some of these concerns.

We use these three ingredients to make a non-peat moss potting soil

  • Organic Compost- Sourced locally.
  • Coconut Coir- While coconut palms do not grow in our bio-region, it is deemed to be a renewable resource. Moreover, it is a bi-product of an ever-growing coconut water industry.
  • Expanded Perlite-Essentially a puffed volcanic rock. I’ve experimented with alternatives, such as sand and vermiculite. Unfortunately, both have their disadvantages and Perlite has proven to be the best medium for offering proper drainage to my soil mix.

Kji watering starts

The Extra Mile

Spacing: We put just the right amount of seeds in each cell to ensure that our plants have plenty of access to water and nutrients and room to breath. This means higher disease resistance and enhanced structural integrity.

Love and Grit: We give your plants plenty of love without pampering them. We provide an environment that is healthy and wholesome, but without all the bell and whistles that make plants shoot out of the dirt, giving them the appearance of being big and beautiful, but lacking the structure to support them when they enter the real world. Kind of like raising kids, right?

Love and Grit: We give your plants plenty of love without pampering them. We provide an environment that is healthy and wholesome, but without all the bell and whistles that make plants shoot out of the dirt, giving them the appearance of being big and beautiful, but lacking the structure to support them when they enter the real world. Kind of like raising kids, right?