We’re not even a full week into the new year, and already I’m itching for spring. For verdant green, for growth. So out come the seed catalogs and the pocketbook! What else can a gardener do on these long winter evenings?
I’m ordering the bulk of my seeds from the same three companies as last year: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Territorial Seed Company, and Annie’s Heirloom Seeds. These companies have all taken the safe seed pledge and offer seeds that are organic and non-genetically modified. I’m also planning on trying a few things from some new (to me) companies like High Mowing Seed Company and Adaptive Seeds, but I’m still working on paring down my wishlist to make my final decisions.
For now, this is what I’m starting with, from Baker Creek:
- Danvers 126 Half Long carrots
- Dragon’s Egg cucumbers
- Little Gem lettuce
- Etiuda sweet peppers
- Navone Yellow Cabbage Turnip rutabagas
- Carbon tomatoes
- A Grappoli D’Inverno tomatoes
- Pink Bumblebee tomatoes
I grew Little Gem lettuce years ago when I lived in Roseburg, and I loved them! They are like miniature heads of romaine lettuce, enough for one or two people. For whatever reason they disappeared from the seed companies that I usually bought from and I used up the last of my seed a long time ago, so I was super excited to see this variety offered by Baker Creek this year!
I’m also excited about the new tomato varieties I’m trying. I’ll be growing Sungold, Polish Linguisa and Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye again, but I’m still looking for the best tasting, best saucing, best slicing and best growing newcomers to round out my team. Because I love tomatoes. I am serious about good tomatoes.
Also, let’s be real here. I’m excited about all of it. Tomatoes, cucumbers, rutabagas – you name it and I’m excited to grow it. Spring can’t come soon enough!