2017 Seed Order #2 (and 3,4,5,6)

February 3, 2017

img_0491The winter stretches on, the cold weather lingers, and the seed orders come filtering in.

I meant to do each group individually as they came, but then they all seemed to come at once.  I still need to figure out where in the garden I’m going to put all these guys (and as I look, there seems to be an overwhelming amount to try to fit in!), but I’ve got a little time yet to do that.

I decided to try out two new seed companies this year, Pinetree Garden Seeds and Seeds of Change. Both companies sell seeds that are not genetically engineered, which is important to me.  Before ordering, I read some negative reviews about the germination rate of Pinetree Garden Seeds, but their prices were very good and I found some varieties I hadn’t seen anywhere else, so I decided to give them a shot.  I’ll let you know how they do.  As for Seeds of Change, I knew they were a company as I’ve seen and eaten their Quinoa and Brown Rice from Costco.  I didn’t know they also sold seeds, but it turns out they do!  Their seeds are non-GMO and organic, so that’s a plus; also, the seed packages are made of a nice food-grade mylar and are resealable.  I know that’s a small thing in and of itself, but it means that I can save seeds from the plants themselves and reuse the bags indefinitely.

Now, on to the seeds!

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds:

Strawberry Cabbage Lettuce/Image via Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  • Carrots, ‘Cosmic Purple’ (this was a free gift from the company – I haven’t had much luck with purple carrots in the past, so I’m eager, if skeptical, to see how these do.)
  • Herb, ‘Toothache Plant’
  • Lettuce, ‘Flashy Butter Gem’
  • Lettuce, ‘Sanguine Ameliore’ or ‘Strawberry Cabbage Lettuce’
  • Radish, ‘Malaga’
  • Strawberry, ‘Tresca’
  • Turnip, ‘Purple Top White Globe’
  • Watermelon, ‘Blacktail Mountain’

Annie’s Heirloom Seeds:

  • Beans, ‘Black Turtle’
  • Beans, ‘Cannellini Lignot’
  • Beans, ‘Dark Red Kidney’
  • Beans, ‘Vermont Cranberry’
  • Cauliflower, ‘Annie’s Rainbow Mix’ (this is a blend containing Early Tuscan, Macerata Green, Precoce di Jesi and Violet of Sicily seeds)
  • Onions, ‘Australian Brown’
  • Onions, ‘Ruby Red’
Pink Berkeley Tie Dye Tomato/Image via Pinetree Garden Seeds

Pinetree Garden Seeds:

  • Carrots, ‘Tendersweet’
  • Onions, ‘Crimson Forest Bunching’
  • Tomato, ‘Polish Linguisa’
  • Tomato, ‘Pink Berkeley Tie Dye’
  • Watermelon, ‘Tom Watson’

Seeds of Change:

  • Basil, ‘Genovese’
  • Dill
  • Shelling Peas, ‘Green Arrow’

Ed Hume Seeds:

  • Carrots, ‘Scarlet Nantes’
  • Cucumber, ‘Homemade Pickles’
  • Onions, ‘Walla Walla Sweet’
  • Onions, ‘Evergreen White Bunching’
  • Peas, ‘Alderman (or Tall Telephone)’
  • Peas, ‘Lincoln (or Homesteader)’
  • Peas, ‘Super Sugar Snap’

I think that I am now done buying seeds.  I’d like to find all my old seeds, because I have some pumpkin varieties I’d like to plant again, but finding anything in the sea of boxes we have is daunting at best.

Now it’s on to setting up a seed starting area and getting these babies to grow!


  • Emma@ Misfit Gardening

    February 3, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    It’s an exciting time now the seed orders are rolling in! I can’t wait to see how everything turns out from new seed companies! Good luck with starting your seeds, I’m trying Baker Creek for the first time this year and slowly turning my kitchen, dining and craft rooms into seed starting areas!

    1. sproutandsprig

      February 3, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      Haha, I know how that goes! The seeds take over!

      I’ve had good luck with Baker Creek seeds – very strong germination and producing rates. Good luck!

      1. Emma@ Misfit Gardening

        February 3, 2017 at 6:48 pm

        Good to know!

  • carolee

    February 3, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    I’ve ordered from Pinetree for years and have always been happy. I love that I can get packets with fewer seeds (we are a 2 person family, so I don’t need hundreds of each!) and pay lots less, plus they have an amazing variety. I think you will be very happy. Seeds of Change is also excellent, but more expensive. I also use Seeds N Such to fill in things that Pinetree doesn’t carry. Have a great season!

    1. sproutandsprig

      February 4, 2017 at 12:16 am

      Thanks for writing and letting me know you’ve had good success with Pinetree! I can’t wait to read your blog!

  • Brenda

    February 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    If you haven’t tried Fedco seeds yet, I highly recommend them. You can buy small amounts, they are a co-op and inexpensive, they take seed-sourcing very seriously, and their germination rate is wonderful. They are in Maine and specialize in cold-hardy varieties, but have a many selections suitable for other areas of the country as well. Plus, their catalogs are amazing.

    1. sproutandsprig

      February 4, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you! I haven’t tried them, but I think I need to!

  • rabbitpatchdiary.com

    February 4, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    February is the perfect time for the gardener to drem! I like seeds of change. Best wishes! your choices look wonderful!

  • pat@alldayieat

    February 8, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    i bought seeds of change seeds to last year, should be good!!

    1. sproutandsprig

      February 9, 2017 at 12:04 am

      Oh good! I’m looking forward to them!

  • Melissa

    February 22, 2017 at 5:43 am

    I love this time of year! We saved quite a few seeds last year, so I didn’t order as many. We like High Mowing organic seeds. High quality for sure…and we tried the scarlet nantes carrots for the first time last year. Yum!

  • Front Porch Bliss

    February 23, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I’m going to do some pre-sprouting of seeds today, but now I need to order more! 😀

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