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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

Today is an exceptionally good day. Although the garden is not yet ready to be planted, I’ve just received these beauties in the mail from the diligent folks at Baker Creek Seeds.

Non-GMO Heirloom Seeds

I’m excited because I haven’t yet grown any of these varieties. I’m particularly looking forward to the rouge d’hiver lettuce, a French heirloom that translates literally to “red winter.” Apparently the leaves are green until the temperature drops to a certain point, then they turn a brilliant red color.

If you’ve never purchased from Baker Creek before, I can’t recommend them enough. All of their seeds are non-GMO, organic, heirloom varieties. Jere Gettle and his wife Emilee have built a company that is a fantastic source of hard to find seeds, and have accomplished this while being a lot more affordable than seed giant Burpee. They also go the extra mile when cultivating a loyal customer base, evidenced by the free gift I received with my order:

Free Carrots!

Serendipitously enough, I was actually considering trying the Parisienne carrots when I started to worry about running out of space in the garden. If I do run out of room, I’ll just plant the Parisiennes in a container.

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Comment by Shira Friedman on January 30, 2012 at 10:48am

I love Baker Creek.  We're fortunate last year they purchased Comstock, Ferre here in CT, so I can run in and grab stuff whenever, and not have to wait for it to come in the mail!

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on January 30, 2012 at 11:31am

Baker Creek is fantastic! Looks like you'll have a bountiful garden this year. Shira, I am from CT and know exactly where Comstock, Ferre is! Have spent many afternoons there with my dad! 

Comment by Yvonne on January 30, 2012 at 2:18pm

They look great Will - I hope they all do well for you. I've just returned from a trip to the UK where the seed merchants are bursting with wonderful varieties and seed potatoes of every kind. I would love to have brought some back but argi dept restrictions are pretty tough.  Maybe I could try chitting store bought potatoes?  Have you ever tried this?

Comment by Will Atkinson on January 30, 2012 at 5:36pm

Caroline and Shira- OK, I'm a little jealous! Although I have to admit that I love flipping through seed catalogs so much that it's almost as good as being there. Yvonne, I'm actually sprouting a few store-bought potatoes right now. If you try it, make sure to use organic potatoes, if available.

Comment by Yvonne on January 30, 2012 at 6:32pm

Thanks Will, organic not widely available here, hence why I want to grow my own, but I'll have a search around.


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