I am so excited to share with you the order I just received from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. This heirloom vegetable and flower seed haul contains thirty different packs of seeds that I ordered or were sent as a free gift!
This video shows you the seeds I ordered for this year from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I have a couple of seed storage boxes that contain my seeds from previous years. I will be planting most of those varieties as well. My seed haul contains seeds that I needed to replace from low germination or running out. It also contains varieties that I have never tried but wanted to add to my collection.
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How I Choose Heirloom Vegetable and Flower Seeds
I already have many favorite seeds that I plant every year. These are my go-to seeds that I love because they grow well and taste delicious. But, I am always on the lookout to add to my favorites, and the only way to do that is to try new seeds. I used to go through seed catalogs and just pick whatever looked interesting or yummy to me. What I found was that I was picking a lot of seeds that didn't grow well in my area.
I have found the best way for me to pick seeds is to do my research. One way to research is to see if there are any online reviews of the seeds. I also use my county extension service website to look up what varieties are recommended here in Missouri. Seed catalogs sometimes give a good idea of what area a certain type of seed should be planted.
What Kind of Seeds Are Best?
I personally try to buy as many heirloom seeds as possible. Heirloom seeds are those that have been around at least 50 years. They have some kind of story behind them. And they are always open pollinated.
Choosing seeds that are organic is always a good choice. If you are looking for certain characteristics, there are plenty of hybrid varieties that may work for you. Just know that if you choose a hybrid variety, seed saving may not work out for you because the seeds will not grow true to type.
To learn more about the different types of seeds, take a look at this post that goes into more detail. One thing to note is that you don't have to worry about GMO seeds. We, as gardeners, cannot buy GMO seeds. These are something that only large scale farmers can get.
Where to Buy Vegetable and Flower Seeds
There are plenty of places to buy great quality seeds. I am partial to a few places, but I am trying to expand where I buy my seeds so I can have some variety.
Vegetable and Flower Seed Inventory and Storage
I like to keep track of my seeds in my FREE garden journal and planner. You can print out as many of the inventory pages as you need for ALL of your seeds. This makes it handy to see what I need to replace or what seeds are getting old.
Make sure that your seeds stay viable for as long as possible by storing seeds in a cool, dry, dark place. Some seeds will last longer than others. To learn an easy process to check your seeds' viability, take a look at this post.
Tips for Choosing Which Seeds are Best for You
You don't have to plant everything this year. Don't overwhelm yourself.
Choose some of your favorite vegetables. You could even start with four vegetables this summer. A good starting place would be tomatoes, peppers, green beans and cucumbers. Pick one or two varieties of each, and you are set.
Don't forget the extras. Interplant flowers and herbs for attracting beneficial insects and adding beauty to your garden. To learn more about attracting beneficial insects to your garden, check out this post.
Heirloom Vegetable and Flower Seeds from my Baker Creek Shipment
Here are all the varieties that I ordered for this year. These are in addition to things that I already have on hand that I will be growing. To find any of these varieties, just head over to Baker Creek's website. I am in no way affiliated with them, but I do love them because of their seeds and the work they do with donating seeds and keeping heirloom seeds going.
Mini Bell Pepper Mix
Habanada - heatless Habanero peppers - I am really excited to try these!
Blue Lake Bush Beans
Roma II Bush Bean
Danvers Half Long Carrot
New Kuroda Carrot
Giant Prague Celeriac
Chinese White Celery
Green Wave Mustard
Wethersfield Red Onion
Yellow Sweet Spanish Onion
Armenian Yard Long Cucumber
Telegraph Improved Cucumber
Little Marvel Garden Pea
Lemon Queen Sunflower
Mother of Pearl Poppy
Alaska Mix Nasturtium
Blue Spice Basil
Marvelous Mix Mint