The seed catalogs will be arriving soon, and gardeners all over are starting to dream about next year’s garden.
Baker Creek is generally the catalog that inspires the most seed lust of any out there. This world renowned source of heirloom seeds boasts a free 212-page color catalog and an even larger 356-page Whole Seed Catalog for sale.
With over 1,800 varieties of seeds it can be hard to narrow it down to a manageable number of seeds to order, though. To help with that, I asked members of the Friends of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Facebook page (an unofficial fan club boasting nearly 5,000 members) if they’d share their favorite seeds from the past growing season.
Here is a round-up of some of the top performers and most loved varieties from the list.
I love the Natures Riddle tomato. Large size and great taste. I’d eat these and sell the rest.
Burkina Faso cowpeas. SO PRODUCTIVE and took the heat like a champ.
Autumn Beauty Sunflowers for sure. I also like the Black Beauty, Golden, Cocozella and White Scallop summer squash. Lots of tomatoes this year including Paul Robeson, Pierce’s Pride and Cherokee Purple.
I had great success this year with Jarrahdale pumpkins (winter squash). They produced like crazy and I picked the last one here in north Ga. the first week in November. Use them for pumpkin pies or use nutmeg and use them for sweet potato receipes. My wife makes great sweet potato soufflés out of them.
Tigger melons, ground cherries, Christmas Pole lima bean, Red Ripper cowpeas, Persian Carpet zinnias, Deer Tongue lettuce, and Yellow Pear tomatoes. They grows very well for my home zone 7.
I loved the cucamelons…
Plain old Roma tomato gave great yield in less than desirable conditions.
Blue Berries tomato was prolific and beautiful as a sunset.
I love the Iran squash. For decorations only, it does not taste well….
I like to make tomato pickles, and the best tomato I have found for this is the Baker Creek Ivory Egg. When green they are a perfect size for pickles and are firm. When left to ripen they form white tomatoes that indeed do look like hen’s eggs.
Reisenstraube cherry tomatoes are amazing! So flavorful and prolific!
Ali baba watermelon ,first time I grew it ,and wow it is a delicious porch sitting seed spitting dream.
Are your favorites not on the list? Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments!
The new Baker Creek heirloom seed catalog should be coming out in December. You can also find Baker Creek on Facebook.
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