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DNA Gardens offers a unique collection of ultra, cold hardy plantsHandfuls of black currants at DNA Gardens

Black Currant Plants

 

 

APPLE TREES
Please enter our apple orchard via this link TO APPLE ORCHARD to find apples that will thrive in our tough, tough climate. 
   

Berry Smart -  Nutrition Expert

 

Nutritionally Speaking, Berry Smart tm says, "Tart is Smart!"  Tart Cherries are a rich source of antioxidants which may help relieve the pain of arthritis, gout and possibly fibromyalgia.  Antioxidants can also help fight cancer and heart disease.  For more info visit  www.choosecherries.com/  Check out the health benefit
CHOKECHERRY
Garrington Chokecherry  Prunus virginana
Click this link to find chokecherry growing information
Fruit size is large - good for processing. (8-10 mm)  It fruits consistently and prolifically. The bush matures to a height of 8 ft and easily fits inside a mechanical harvester. Garrington performs well in processing tests of Dr. Janet Panford.  Delightful syrup can be made!  Yields of 21,000 pounds per acre have been documented at the University of Saskatchewan.
Garrington Pollinator
Chokecherries require cross-pollination.  We are currently using an elite seed source of cross-pollination.  Recommended ratio of one seedling pollinator for every eight Garrington planted

Click this link to see DNA Garden's wild black cherry orchard pics.
CURRANT, BLACK
Nutritionally Speaking, Berry Smart tm says: A Ribes (Currant) renaissance is underway in North America!  Black currants, highly toted for nutraceutical properties have vitamin C content four times higher than citrus, potassium two to three times more than most fruit and 30 - 40 types of bioflavinoids; much more than most fruits.  Consumption of Black currant nectar has shown to benefit the heart and circulatory system, kidney function, liver function and the digestive system. 
Berry Smart -  Nutrition Expert
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Ben Nevis Black Currant
These are new currant varieties from the Scottish Crop Research Institute.  They are superior to the traditional varieties that have been planted previously on the Canadian prairies.  The Ben series are selected for heavy, commercial production.  Ben Nevis is a sister seedling of Ben Lomond, mid-season, productive with large, firm berries. It has good frost tolerance. It has fruited well in the Edmonton region with no signs of over-wintering problems. It is somewhat resistant to rust, grows vigorously and has good production.
Non-propagation agreement not required.
Ben Alder Black Currant
Another Scottish currant with high yields of medium-small berries which produces a juice with high color stability making it a top choice for juice extraction. The plant flowers late so it is escapes many spring frosts. More resistant to mildew than Ben Lomond. Bushes are vigorous and are machine harvested.  Susceptible to WPBR (White Pine Blister Rust).  Production does not seem to be reduced as the rust is bothersome late in the season.  
Non-propagation agreement required.
Ben Tirran Black Currant
 A new variety, the result of a complex cross bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) .  It is well suited for commercial juice production as well as the U-Pik markets.  This variety has large, attractive, shiny,  deep black berries, good tolerance to winter temperatures, reasonable tolerance to spring frosts, pleasant acid-sweet flavored fruit, suitable for mechanical harvesting and late flowering, hence avoiding spring frost damage.  Habit of growth is upright and vigorous.  UK data of Ascorbic Acid content per 100 g Ben Tirran = 147 mg compared to Ben Lomond at 125 mg.  Mean flowering dates (SCRI data) Ben Tirran May 20th compared to May 4th for Ben Lomond.  Ben Tirran usually crops around 7 days later than Ben Lomond and produces a more uniform and even ripening.  It has produced consistently high yields on all test sites, including UK National Trials.  (5 year means)  UK yields: Baldwin - 10,349 pounds per acre,  Ben Lomond 14,810 - pounds per acre, Ben Tirran - 15,077.9 pounds per acre.  
Non-propagation agreement required.
Ben Connan Black Currant
Ben Connan is a new black currant variety bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI).  Large, deep black berries make it an ideal variety for commercial growing, especially U-PIK, and for the home garden market.  Very high yielding with compact growth habit.  This is an early variety of black currant, suitable for mechanical fruit harvesting.  In the UK, Ben Connan crops approximately 4 or 5 days earlier than Ben Lomond and produces a more uniform and even ripening.  Average # of berries per 250 g: Ben Connan 187/ Ben Lomond 206.  Ascorbic Acid Content per 100 g: Ben Connan 130 mg/ Ben Lomond 119 mg.  It produces high yields on all test sites and was the highest yielding variety in UK National Trials.  UK yields: Baldwin - 10,349 pounds per acre,  Ben Lomond 14,810 - pounds per acre, Ben Connan - 16683.8 pounds per acres.  This is a cross between Ben Sarek and Ben Lomond.  It is not ideally suited for juice production but is excellent for canning, jams, preserves, conserves and consuming fresh.  (Let get good and ripe!  North American palettes require this fruit to be dead ripe.)  
Non-propagation agreement required.
Ben Hope Black Currant
This is a much planted commercial black currant in England.  It is very upright in growth and quite tall which makes it nicer to harvest.  You might say more of the fruiting plant is in the "strike zone" making the collection of fruit more likely for a mechanical harvester.  Winter hardiness is good.  It is doing well at DNA Gardens.
Ben Sarek Black Currant
This is a mid-season cultivar with large firm berries. Very productive and displays a compact semi-dwarf growth habit, about 1 meter tall and is ideal for PYO farms and home gardens. It fruits ahead of Ben Lomond and is resistant to mildew and White Pine Blister Rust.  
Non-propagation agreement required.
Black currants are the best in smoothies !Berry Smart - Nutrition Expert  
Nutritionally Speaking, Berry Smart tm says: Seeds of black currants are rich in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.  Fresh fruit have an abundance of vitamins A, B and C and contain between 6 and 9% sugar.  They are also full of antioxidants
PEAR TREES
Enter our Pear Patch via this link to see just some of the hardy pears we can grow in Zone 2. Many fine pears available in 2007.     Many more pears under review.
SEEDS
NOTE: All these seeds have been developed or maintained by Dr. Evans, who lives near Devon, Alberta

All peas, sweet peas and beans will produce for 2-months or more as long as they are regularly watered and the pea and bean pods are removed frequently.  They are incredible!

Purple Garden Peas
Pink flowered, purple podded, green fleshed peas grow straight up about 8 feet.  Bear excellent quality peas for fresh eating or freezing.  No dwarfs here!  Grow on a fence.  This is just a great way to maximize limited space.  Special Garden peas developed by Dr. Evans.

Snow Peas
 8-feet tall, distinctly pink flowered and loaded with crisp, tasty flat pods that produce for months. Great for eating in salads, stir fry or fresh.

Dutch White Bean 
These white flowered beans grow 8 – 12-feet tall and are loaded with long tasty tender beans, up to 18-inches long.  Best picked at 10-inches and harvested every few days.  Water frequently.  4 - 5 plants will feed a family.

Red Beans 
These beans attract hummingbirds like magnets.  Scarlet flowered runner beans, 8 – 12-feet tall.  These newest British beans (Red Rhum) produce loads of tasty tender beans, ideal for fresh eating or freezing. Pick frequently, water regularly.

Heritage Sweet Peas  
Striking, two-toned mauve flowers have a very powerful, enchanting fragrance.

Corn
Red leafed, sweet tasting, tender, open pollinated, non hybrid short season white kernel corn.

Garden Tip by Doc E.: For award winning peas and beans, dig your planting area 2-feet deep, put shredded newspaper or compost in the bottom, re-fill with dirt and plant.  They love deep rich soil. 

PLUM TREES
We have gone plum crazy!  Enter our plum orchard here via this link To the Plum Patch to view plants available.

The best - tissue culture, not seedlings of course.

Fancy, large fruited saskatoons are so desirable.  Plant the best and get true value.  Plant our tissue culture material where a Martin is a Martin, Honeywood is a Honeywood and a Theissen is a Theissen... You get the idea.
Honeywood Click here for additional saskatoon info
Good fruit size at 16 mm with full and tangy flavor. Flowers 4 - 8 days later than most other varieties and also ripens later. We like the vase shape habit of growth and the low suckering.  Very productive and consistent yielding. The bush size of 8 ft keeps it in harvesting height. (25 cent royalty)                
Northline  Larger fruit than Smoky but smaller thansaskatoonfruithorizontal-40.jpg (21140 bytes) Martin and Honeywood.  Good flavor.  Shorter shrub than the other 3 toons listed here. 
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Lee # 3 This variety was selected by the late Mr. Lloyd Lee.  On our farm, we really like it.  It ripens ahead of the other saskatoons and it extends our season.  5 to 6 feet tall, with excellent flavour. Fruit is the same size as Northline.  A real winner and most definitely underplanted. Lee # 8  Again, a variety that nobody except DNA Gardens carries.  The parentage, Northline mother crossed  with a Theissen father, yields a high quality saskatoon that yields well, has good fruit size and excellent flavour.  This one is similar to Northline but it ripens more evenly.  About 6 to 7 feet tall but this always depends on the amount of moisture.
Martin  This is a selection of Theissen made by D. Martin of Martin Nursery in Langham, Saskatchewan. Average berry size is larger than Theissen and it ripens more evenly. This is a great berry for U-PIK. People are drawn to this berry because of the great fruit size.  Prune to keep within easy picking height. Smoky This is the saskatoon everybody knows. Fruit is large, round and sweet. Smoky has the highest sugar/acid ratio of today's varieties. Habit is upright and spreading and suckers freely. An oldy but a goody, it just keeps on producing and producing. Berry size is 14 mm with a shrub size of 8 ft. 
CHERRY PITTER
 Get cooking with cherries today!  This hard to find tool is just what you need.  Ideal for canning, freezing, dehydrating and baking.  Easy to use!  Quickly removes pits from fresh cherries with a push of the plunger, no mess or wasted fruit.  Features automatic feed tray and catch hopper for pits.  Makes a great Christmas or birthday gift!  Made from strong, durable plastic.  Easy to clean. 
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Top photo: Luscious handfuls of black currants