GTA - Nursery for italian/spanish veg plants
Will be in town on Friday and I would buy them and just keep them indoors until May. Any places carry them (nurseries or greenhouses) not seeds though.
Most of the garden centres that sell vegetable plants won't be selling vegetable plants until the end of April. I like the garden centre operated by Lady York (probably not open until mid- April) http://www.ladyyorkfoods.com/home.php , where I have bought many Italian vegetable plants over the years.
I also like the vegetable plants sold at Bill's Garden Centre on Pape, which is open year-round, but I wouldn't expect much of a selection until later next month. http://billsgardenanddesign.com/www.b...
I realize what I'm saying is repetitive.There's plenty of still-valuable information in the thread you started last year. ;-) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775553
Lady York Foods
2939 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON , CA
See what Humber has now. I start mine under lights and go through the ritual of hardening them off gradually, shifting to a cold frame, and then outside. Bought plants can get a bit leggy if indoors for a long period before planting. Things might be better earlier this year--hopefully.
You're really way early for good veg plants. I've found a good selection at both the seasonal garden centre that takes over the corner of the parking lot at Dufferin Mall or the garden centre (also seasonal) at the corner of Steeles and Keele. But they won't be starting to sell anything much until early to mid-May. Both of these have a wide variety of Italian plants - flats of interesting tomatoes, basil, peppers - and quite a few Asian plants. To be honest, even if you somehow found the plants you want (which I doubt you will) it's much too early to have them indoors until the weather warms. They'll get all stringy and leggy and you're better off buying younger plants closer to planting season - they'll catch up quickly and be stronger than indoor-coddled ones.