My dream garden could include these showstopping varieties from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
It’s the time of year again, when restless anglers stare out the window the gloomy winter scene while hungrily thumbing through seed catalogs. I think that buying seeds is actually the best kind of shopping — seeds are relatively reasonably priced and therefore are literally bursting with potential. Quite honestly, I think seeds are a miracle; you receive a little envelope of little difficult things, you sink them in soil and nurture themand before you know it you receive beautiful free meals! Seeds are the antidote into a busted food program and the epidemic of being disconnected to what we consume.
Yet the seeds of all the planet are suffering from crisis, thanks to Big Agriculture and its power catch for the world’s seeds. Meanwhile, a lot of contemporary seeds are designed to generate produce (see exactly what I did there?) That is excellent for shipping and storage, not so good for real eating. Modern supermarket , I’m looking at you.
Which is the reason for me, looking at a catalogue like the one provided by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is like being a kid in a candy shop. The firm offer almost 2,000 varieties of seeds for heirloom vegetables, flowers and herbs — it is the biggest selection of heirloom varieties in the U.S. They also take among the biggest selections of seeds from the 19th century. All of these seeds hearken back to times when seeds were simply a way to cultivate plenty of pure, refreshing food.
To give you a good idea of exactly what I”m talking about, I’ve chosen 10 seed varieties to discuss — seeds that caught my attention for their attractiveness or unique characteristics. (And I understand they aren’t all technically vegetables, but you understand what I mean.) These are only 10 of several, so love these and then go look at the rest.
Glass Gem Corn
Be. Still. My. Heart. These technicolor translucent kernels (also displayed best ) shine like beads and while obviously decorative, will also be delicious. From the description:”Bred by lots of native varieties by Carl’White Eagle’ Barnes, the famous Cherokee corn collector to whom we owe our gratitude for his life’s work of collecting, preserving and sharing a lot of native corn varieties.” See much more here.
Chinese pink lettuce
Poor workhorse celery has a reputation for being blasé; this vibrant variety is working hard to change this storyline. Described as easy-to-grow, Baker Creek notes they are excited about the”culinary potential of this nutritious and enjoyable variety. It is quite simple to develop, and also the infant plants really are stunning, blue pink. We adore this!” See much more here.
Candy Roaster: North Georgia Squash
Because any skillet with the term”candy” in it is my own kind of skillet. This hard-to-find squash has rave reviews from gardeners and is described as having delicious, smooth orange peel that is perfect roasted, fried, or to create fantastic pies. See much more here.
Tennis Ball Lettuce
I adore these petite minds of Bibb or Butterhead — not just for their little leaves, but they’ve got a fantastic story. They are recorded as having been developed at Monticello by Thomas Jefferson, who noticed that the variety “does not require so much care and attention” as other forms. Baker Creek’s are the right, black-seeded original strain, also listed in the Slow Foods Ark of Taste. See much more here.
Hopi Red Dye Amaranth
This attractiveness could be the most versatile whatsoever. Originally increased as a dye plant by the southwestern Hopi Nation, it has the reddest seedlings of any amaranth known. It may be utilized as dye thing, but in addition supplies edible seeds and greens, in addition to being beautifully cosmetic in the garden. The reviewers have nothing but raves for it, writing things like:”Beautiful plant, easy to grow and really yummy. My wife arranged these seeds as the pictures looked fantastic and we were excited to see them develop. Amazing plant, quite abundant and this kind of rich reddish color.” See much more here.
Kurzer’s Calico Traveler Lima Bean
These plump quite limas comes in a kaleidoscope of colours and originated in Choctaw, Mississippi. Not only are they beautiful to behold, however they seem to be perseverant. One reviewer notes they are”Incredibly, outstandingly, jaw-droppingly productive. Another reviewers states, “it is the only lima I have ever gotten a crop from here in the north and I have probably tried off and on for over forty years. Wonderfully productive here in Zone 6A.” See much more here.
Easter Basket Mix Radish
Because why pick a single beautiful variety of heirloom radish as soon as you’re able to have 15? This “magnificent mixture of some of the most colorful spring radishes on the planet,” are easy to grow and yield a harvest which is as pretty look at as it is to consume. See much more here.
Oh, these pretty things — these infrequent, ancient beans hail from the Narragansett tribe of Rhode Island and were used to make succotash, Baker Creek explains. This bean is excellent for the North, especially on the coast. See much more here.
Early Wonder Beet
So many beautiful beets to select from, however I adore these ancient beets not just for their loveliness and very good reviews, however for their history as well, as they are a pre-1811 variety. They are said to make plenty of tall tender greens, also. See much more here.
Brad’s Atomic Grape Tomatoes
Baker Creek calls this their favorite tomato, saying, “The color (and flavor!) is a full-blown assault on the senses—lavender and purple stripes, turning to technicolor olive-green, red, and brown/blue stripes when fully ripe. Really wild!” This discharge from Wild Boar Farms won best in show in the 2017 National Heirloom Expo. They are certain fairly, I wager they are delicious. See much more here.
OK, are you aching for spring yet? Visit the site for more, and also do not miss the publication of fantasies, also called the 2019 Whole Seed Catalog.
Updated notice: I understand I rave here, however the enthusiasm is genuine… and neither solicited nor sponsored!