First Seed Order of 2018

January 3, 2018

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!



    January 3, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    I do the same thing in February. Best wishes!

  • The EcoFeminist

    January 3, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    The little gem lettuce sounds awesome! One of our favorite tomatoes came from a seed packet that was included with our drip irrigation system a couple of years ago, its an Iraqi strain called Abu Rawan and while I usually prefer Roma tomatoes, these came out exceptionally sweet and tart… I think Baker Seed catalogs has them…?

    Best of luck with seed starting this year… We will be living vicariously through you since we’re transitioning out of this house (that being said I’m probably going to plant some spinach seeds in a container so I can at least have that!).

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  • jennybakerbee

    January 4, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    I got all my seed catalogs this week! All the vegetables and flowers look so pretty, I want them all! 🤗

  • arlingwoman

    January 5, 2018 at 1:15 am

    You’re inspiring me to sit down with my seed catalogs, which are as yet manageable in number…

  • wasabi honey bee

    January 6, 2018 at 12:44 am

    I hear you! I was working in the yard a few days ago and something—I’m not sure what—smelled like spring. Maybe it was the ruffled dirt, but it definitely brought that woosh of energy that I thought maybe I had lost over the last few months. I’m not planning a big vegetable garden, but tomatoes, and cucumbers are a definite. We’ll see how this spring progresses, I have a lot of flowers and such to work on still. Happy seed ordering!

    1. sproutandsprig

      January 6, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      I love that first smell of spring! Happy gardening to you, too!

  • twainausten

    January 6, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Me too! Bring on the garden season! (As I sit in front of windows where trees are piled high with wet snow—3 feet!)

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  • Rachel

    February 21, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    I’m interested in growing dragon’s egg cucumbers too, although I haven’t placed an order yet. The sunrise bumblebee tomatoes have caught my eye as well. I love Bakers Creek seeds.

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