In keeping in the spirit of The Heirloom Life Gardener book giveaway, here’s a short review of the Baker Creek Seed Company catalog for fans of heirloom gardening.
I had the chance to meet Jere Gettle, founder of Baker Creek Seed Company, at a garden writers trade show in Raleigh several years ago. I was delighted to shake the hand of the guy dedicated to heirloom plants. He’s as genuine and humble as the seeds he sells.
There’s a lot to admire about Baker Creek Seed Company, from the colorful catalog cover art created by Jere’s mom, to the family photos of his wife and daughter, to the fact that all of the seed are non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented. These are true heirlooms.
Gardeners can find just about any heirloom vegetable or rare seed they want, from amaranth to watermelon, in Baker Creek’s annual catalog. Each selection includes complete descriptions of where the seed came from, a bit of its history, why the variety was selected for the catalog and ideas for using the finished product in the kitchen.
If you’re interested in heirloom gardening, this catalog gives beginners a nice introduction. There’s a huge selection of oriental greens, dozens of kinds of hot peppers, radishes, and unusual ornamental melons from the wilds of Africa.
There are always new additions to the catalog and this year I like the sound of Cambodian Green Giant eggplant and Outredgeous lettuce. Of course, the pages are also filled with more standard gardening fare including beautiful images of heirloom tomatoes in a rainbow of colors–even white.
In addition to the overwhelming variety of heirloom fruits, herbs and vegetables, the catalog has a selection of old-fashioned cottage garden flower seed. Asters, Bachelor’s Buttons, Calendula and Hollyhock are some of my favorites, but who could resist a flower called Kiss-Me-Over-The-Garden-Gate?
If you’re a fan of Baker Creek, too, please tell us your favorite varieties to grow.