The Joy of Heirloom Seeds


There is nothing more fun & heartwarming (and bone warming too) this cold time of year than planting what will become the year’s garden harvest.

I’ve mentioned our favorite seed company – Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds before (see Peruvian Heirloom Seeds Arrive in the US)

We’ve used their seeds (and seed saved from these rare varieties,) for many years now. This year we decided to go all out and replenish what has been an aging supply of seeds. We purchased their Large Southern seed collection of 50 packs with over 30 varieties, and here’s what we have:


From the Baker Creek Website:

The perfect way to a secure food supply. Most of the seeds in this package will last 4-10 years, if kept cool and dry. This is a great way to try many of our best varieties. Selections based on availability. This collection may include: 2 beans, 1 beet, 1 brussels sprouts, 1 broccoli, 1 cabbage, 1 carrot, 1 corn, 1 cowpea, 1 cucumber, 1 eggplant, 1 endive, 1 kohlrabi, 1 lima bean, 1 leek, 1 grain, 2 oriental greens, 1 lettuce, 1 american melon, 1 okra, 1 onion, 1 garden pea, 1 snap pea, 1 hot pepper, 1 sweet pepper, 1 radish, 1 rutabaga, 1 spinach, 1 summer squash, 1 winter squash, 1 swiss chard, 1 sorghum, 1 parsnip, 1 red tomato, 1 pink tomato, 1 purple tomato, 1 tomatillo, 1 green tomato, 1 orange tomato, 1 striped tomato, 1 turnip, 1 watermelon, 1 herb, 1 flower, and 2 additional packets… to round it up to 50 packets total. It also contains a “Clyde’s Garden Planner” which is used to evaluate the best time to plant each of these in your area.

Our Large Heirloom Package is a great package for a medium to large garden. It contains 50 full-sized packets of at least 30 varieties. Also included is Clyde’s Garden Planner. It comes packaged in a metal container for long-lasting storage. This collection is packaged for Southern climates.

As you can see, it’s an extensive variety for your home garden. Let’s take a look:

A big can full of seeds. What a way to warm the day! More pics to follow as we open and begin planting soon…stay tuned!

© 2015 Ben Gangloff

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