I have always been an avid gardener, and no matter where I live or how little space I have, I will find a spot to make a garden. Right now I have lots of tomatoes growing in my small city garden, and this year I was hoping to start growing heirloom tomatoes. Unfortunately, my local garden centers did not have a good variety of heirloom seeds, so I turned to the Internet. This is when I discovered Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and they impressed with their large selection and variety.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds offers around 1300 different heirloom seeds, and there are many rare seeds in the collection. To keep the heirloom seeds from being contaminated, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds grows the plants in cages, and they are very careful with isolating the different plants from each other plants.
Last weekend I started planting my first heirloom tomato seeds, and I am very excited to see how the tomatoes turn out. I have carefully labeled everything, so that I can see how each plant will grow, and growing heirloom tomatoes will take a little more planning and organization than I usually use when I am gardening. Still, I am excited, because these heirloom tomato varieties look fantastic.
A week later, the heirloom tomatoes have slowly begun to sprout, and I am very excited to see the first seedlings appear. I only planted 2 – 3 seeds in every soil pellet, because it is a bit late in the season to start planting here in South Florida. I will start up a new batch in August, and thankfully there are a minimum of 20 – 25 heirloom seeds in each package of heirloom tomato seeds from Baker Creek.
I have started planting eight different varieties of heirloom seeds including the Great White Tomato, the Ozark Pink Tomato, the Carbon Tomato, the Spear’s Tennessee Green Tomato, the Marmande Tomato, the Dad’s Sunset Tomato, the Yellow Riesentraube Tomato and and the Hawaiian Pineapple Tomato.
About the Heirloom Tomatoes In My Garden:
- The Great White Tomato produces large, 1-lb giant, creamy white fruits.
- The Ozark Pink Tomato Fruits are medium to large in size and are produced in abundance on very productive, disease resistant plants. This is the perfect tomato for all hot, humid areas.
- The Carbon Tomato, is the winner of the 2005 “Heirloom Garden Show” best tasting tomato award.
- The Spear’s Tennessee Green Tomato has been grown by the Spear family of Tennessee since the 1950’s, and it was brought to Baker Creek by a local customer who had been preserving it in his garden.
- The Marmande Tomato is a popular old French variety developed by the Vilmorin Seed Co, it produces medium-large sized fruits even in cool weather.
- The Dad’s Sunset Tomato is the perfect orange tomato with large 10 oz. fruits.
- The Yellow Riesentraube Tomato produces clusters of golden grape tomatoes.
- The Hawaiian Pineapple Tomato produces 1-lb fruits with yellow-and-red mottled flesh, and it has a sweet, fruity and somewhat pineapple-like taste.
I am very surprised at the fair price of the heirloom seeds, because regular seeds usually cost between $1 – $3 per bag at our local garden stores, and the heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds only cost around $2-3 for a pack containing a minimum of 20 – 25 seeds.
About Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed was started by Jere Gettle at the age of 17, when he printed the first Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog. Since then the company has grown to include more than 1300 varieties of heirloom seeds from more than 70 countries. All of the heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds are non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented. The company and farm is located 45 miles east of Springfield, Missouri, and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has retail stores in Mansfield, MO, Petaluma,CA & Wethersfield ,CT.
If you want to know more about heirloom gardening, you can also read The Heirloom Life Gardener, a book written by Baker Creek owners Jere and Emilee Gettle.
You can order a free copy of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog,
or you can order directly from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds website.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has generously offered a giveaway prize of an assortment of heirloom seeds to one of Frugality Is Free’s readers.
This giveaway will end Wednesday May 9th at Midnight EST.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary heirloom seeds samples for the purpose of writing a review and hosting a giveaway, no monetary compensation was received. Any opinions expressed above are based solely on my experience with the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds products.