Seed Resources .. Day 2
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Here’s another great seed company is Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They not only have a wonderful variety of 100% Non-GMO & Heirloom seeds, but their photos are always wonderful to look at as well! There are always a few articles with wonderful information inside as well as information about many different gardening, farming, and seed events going on around the country. Baker Creek also hosts many events throughout the year at their farm as well. They are located in Mansfield, MO.
One of my favorite this about this company is the variety of heirlooms they have of each vegetable. With 6 varieties of Tomatillos and 229 tomato varieties sorted by color, it can be a bit overwhelming at first. But…The descriptions of each are so well written it really does make it easier to pick out one that sounds suited to my garden and my personal taste.
Last year I lost most of my tomato seedlings to an early frost. Thankfully I was able to re-seed a few. I did have to buy plants for the rest due to it being a bit late in the season to seed them at that point. The seeded plant that did the best that late in the season was the “Red Zebra Tomato” (#TS107) Which is not actually in the catalog this year (and therefore not included in that 229 total) but it is available online for order!
I also grew the “Thai Golden Round Melon” (#OML121) last year. I had forgotten the seedling in is small pot and it looked as though it had almost died. On a whim I decided to plant it in the ground next to a chain link fence that I had some Hyacinth beans growing on as well. (Early July)
After forgetting about it for almost two months (Early Sept.), I went over to it and found it’s small shaded vine buried under the Hyacinth beans with one baseball sized melon!It ripened nicely and It was quite tasty. I think from my small experience growing this unique melon, I would like to try it again.
I did however find I should have left it on the vine just a touch longer. It had been yellow for about a week or so, but It still wasn’t quite as sweet as I think it would have been waiting a few more days to a week longer. Next year It will get more deserving attention and space.I hope to be able to enjoy more of this nice, light fruity melon in the garden.
I do love that they have such a wonderful selection of tested, non- GMO, Heirloom corn available. I believe this is one of the only places you can find such a large selection of corn like this. There are 11 varieties of corn included in the catalog this year with two additional varieties on the website. They range from white dent corn to popcorn and sweet corn. Last season I grew the “Strawberry Popcorn” ( #CN119). The corn it’s self did quite well. It was again one of the few crops like the Thai Golden Melon that got neglected. I still managed to get a decent amount of popcorn harvested. As you can see in the photo, a few of the ears turned out shaped nicely & full of kernels, while some barely had any on them. I am sure that the corn did not get enough water throughout the summer. I also had some issues with spider mites right during production. I have found out though that growing good popcorn for eating is quite an art in it’s self. These kernels did pop into popcorn but they were quite, quite, QUITE tinny! but.. what little bit they were .. the flavor was wonderful! I may not grow the Strawberry Variety again next year, but I think I will try a larger, more “standard” kerneled variety instead. With the wonderful flavor these had.. how could i not?
That’s all for today, Keep an eye out for the next Seed Resource Post coming soon! Thanks for reading! Please feel free to give me suggestions on places to check out for seeds & other garden resources, I’d love to hear them!