A Complete Garden Collection Give Away ($99 value)! Grow Your Dream Garden with Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

I am far from a professional gardener.  lol  I’m not even a moderately experienced gardener.  I’m more like an amateur enthusiast that dreams really big.  :)  But, each of the last couple years, I have learned a little more about how to produce more nutritious food for our family, stretch our grocery budget and be a better steward of the resources God has provided us.  What I lack in experience, is made up for in crazy, wild enthusiasm and a desire to learn even more (plus eat lots and lots of tomatoes)!  Seriously, I’m so excited about spring and as usual, have had to restrain myself from starting a garden since that deceptively warm week in January, that each year, engages my gardening soul, trying to tempt and fool me, even though my gardening head KNOWS that January in Nebraska is not the time to put tender seedlings into the ground. *sigh*

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teepee

Another great idea from Pinterest! Growing vertically is always a space-saving option in the garden and what kid wouldn't have amazing memories of the summers he spent playing in the green bean teepee? How cool is this? Photo credit: http://joyfultoddlers.blogspot.com

 

The good news is, it’s not January anymore!  I’m starting seeds inside, to be transplanted later.  I’m getting started with a few cooler weather crops, in pots up on my deck, too.  Regardless of where you live in the U.S., right now, if it isn’t time to get your garden in the ground, it will be soon and it’s definitely time to get some seeds going inside.  Every year, I browse the seed catalogs that come to the house, dreaming and planning, planning and dreaming.  To be honest, I had a gorgeous garden spot at the home we had to sell three years ago – six gorgeous raised beds, a grape arbor, blueberry bushes, a rhubarb patch and lots of potted plants in and around it all.  It was bordered, trimmed and mulched to perfection.  After two summers, I finally had it finished and it was producing in great abundance.  And then we moved — lol.  Leaving it behind sort of took the wind out of my gardening “sails” for a bit.  We actually moved twice in that three years; and now, that we’ve finally landed in a more permanent situation, I’m getting my gardening mojo back and I’m ready to start, again.  Last summer was our first growing season in this house and while I did get one raised bed in the back yard and had quite a container garden going on the deck, it was more a summer for seeing what would come up from the previous owner’s labors, crying and fussing a lot about what did come up and where it was placed and realizing that this summer, we were going to need to invest a lot more time and sweat to create the garden that fits our family.  So, it’s March.  The journey begins.

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All you need to get your plants started inside is some seed, something to plant them in ( I love these little peat moss pellets that come in their own tray and swell up to become awesome seed starting "pots".), some water and ......

 

garden marker

craft sticks! I used an ink pen to write on them and label each little peat moss pellet with the name of the seed planted in it. The markers can move right with the seedlings when I transplant them.

I hope that whether you have a sprawling acreage or one cute container on your patio or deck, that you will plant something, this summer.  It’s indescribable joy to put your hands in the dirt, plant a tiny seed and watch it grow and produce something delicious!  What an amazing God to have designed such a process and then to allow us to share in it and reap the bounty!  You can do it!  Plant something!  You’ll be so glad you did!  AAAAAAND…I’m going to make it even more exciting for you.  How would you feel about a giveaway of an ENTIRE GARDEN of open-pollinated, pure, natural and non-GMO Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds?  Flippin’ amazing!!???  I kind of thought you might.  Let me tell you a little bit about this fabulous company and why heirloom seeds are so important.  Then we’ll get this giveaway underway so you have a chance to start your own fabulous garden.

potted plants

It's amazing what you can produce in just containers and pots on your deck! This was from our three-year transient period, where it wasn't practical for me to start an actual garden bed. We ate basil, chives and oregano, tomatoes and cucumbers all summer long from our cute little deck garden; and I canned many quarts of hot pepper jelly and still had jalapeno peppers left to freeze.

Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds (1400 varieties, from 70 countries) from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties. The company has stepped into the forefront of promoting and preserving a heritage in agriculture and gardening; and finding ways to help others grow food that tastes the way you remember — before hybrids and GMO’s.  Jere and Emilee Gettle, owners of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, work to supply seeds to many of the world’s poorest countries and also right here in the U.S., for school gardens and educational projects, plus they are producing and saving enough to meet the demands of home gardeners, like you and me.  It is their goal to educate everyone about a better, safer food supply and fight gene-altered food production.  All Baker Creek Heirloom seed is non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented.  The Gettles and the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds company work with a network of about 100 small farmers, gardeners and seed growers to bring you the best selection of seeds available! Many of the varieties they sell were collected while the Gettles traveled abroad.

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Is it silly that this was one of the most exciting packages to receive and open? It's the Baker Heirloom Seeds Large Northern Collection. You can purchase individual packets of seeds or whole collections, selected specifically for your areas growing conditions.

 

Baker Creek Heirloom seeds

It just keeps getting better. This is heirloom garden seed heaven! did you know that properly stored, heirloom garden seeds can last several years? I love that they come in this great storage bucket!

What are heirloom seeds and why are they important?  Heirloom seeds come from plants that have been grown and had their seeds saved from  one generation to another.  They have been given great care and been saved because they are considered valuable, for one reason or another.  Flavor, productivity, hardiness or adaptability all weigh into the determination of a plant variety’s value. Heirloom seeds may have been saved and passed down in families or cultures for fifty, one hundred, or for some, even three hundred years.  Many of these plants would be extinct, now, if not for their careful cultivation and the saving of their seeds, over the years.  The commonly held belief in commercial farming is that heirloom seeds lend themselves better to family gardening and small farms, than to mass production, which is why they are not usually considered viable options for corporate farms.  For family gardening, there is a definite trend back to heirloom seeds.  For many of us, it’s the desire to know what we are feeding our families, where it comes from and how it’s grown.  Another part of it is a longing for the unmistakable flavors we remember from our childhood – a time when we would pick a tomato and eat it right in the garden, enjoying the delicious burst of flavor that can’t be found in today’s supermarket varieties.

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I laid all the seeds out on the table and "organized" them, to be sure of all that I had and to try and get pictures of most, for you. You will save so much money on your garden if you start your plants from seed, on your own. Seeds are only a fraction of the cost of buying plants at the nursery. Growing them yourself means you know exactly how they have been handled. Did you notice the amaranth and flax in the upper right-hand corner? I hadn't intended to plant any grain, but the amaranth is so gorgeous, I am going to put a barrel up near my front porch to display the beautiful flowers and we'll harvest the greens and seeds as an added bonus! :) Why yes! Yes that it IS a total of SEVEN different tomato varieties, you see. Be still my heart! Little yellow pear tomatoes, Mountain Princess Tomatoes, Black from Tula Tomatoes, Orange Woodle... :)

Heirloom seeds are good for flavor, they are good for your family’s health and they are good for your family’s personal economy.  Growing food of any kind is obviously a savings when it comes to the grocery budget, but many people don’t realize that growing heirloom seeds, means you can save seeds from your produce and plant them to create next year’s garden.  That’s another savings!  We’re going to learn so much more about seeds, plants, gardening and composting, this summer.  I can’t wait to share what we’re doing and hear about all that you are planting, too, but for now,  I want to give you a couple snapshots of how we are starting out and give you the opportunity to get in on this fabulous giveaway for a Baker Creek Seeds LARGE Collection!!!  You’ll get to select either the Large Northern or Large Southern collection, to suit the growing conditions where you live.  That’s a $99 value and includes over 25 types of vegetables in more than 60 varieties. I flipped when I saw all that was included!  Be sure you check out all the great garden products at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  Whether you wait for the giveaway or go ahead and order because you can’t wait to get started, you’ll be as pleased as I was with the service and high quality, pure seeds for your family’s garden!

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Some of the seed names are familiar, from my childhood and my parents' garden. Hale's Best Muskmelon, Little Marvel Peas, Danvers Half Long Carrots or Sugar Baby Watermelons were names I recognized, but there were so many more that were new to me. With 25 different vegetables and 60 varieties mixed into these seeds, that's a LOT of new! I'm so excited!

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Rissa is excited about Indian Corn and sunflowers. I'm looking forward to trying out all the varieties of lettuce and greens! Endive, arugula, mustard greens, red romaine, tango lettuce, spinach, kale, oriental greens!

 

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Peppers and rhubarb and swiss chard! Oh my! Cauliflower, tomatillos and beets. So many veggies to choose from! My garden is getting bigger by the minute! lol

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I'm interested to see what a Ground Cherry looks and tastes like. I think it is similar to a tomatillo. And, have you ever seen anything like that Lemon Cucumber? I can't wait to see what that tastes like! I'll bet it's gorgeous in salads.

 

all planted

My plants are started and I feel so much better, now that I've gotten my "garden fix". I'm going to be sharing progress reports and we'll talk about the different varieties of plants and how to care for them. Plus, you're going to get to watch me finally tear in and make that backyard garden space, my own. Stay tuned for all the updates!

 

So, what’s growing in your garden?  Have you started?  Never tried, but now you think maybe you need a tomato in the pot on your deck?  I can’t wait to hear your gardening plans!  Be sure to ask questions, too.  If I don’t know the answer, I’ll just go track it down and then we’ll all learn, together.

You thought I was never gonna stop talking, didn’t you?  :)  No worries!  I didn’t forget.  Here’s the fabulously generous giveaway from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds!  To enter, just visit their website and find a veggie you’d like to try or one you’ve never heard of.  You choose.  Then come back and leave a comment telling me what the name of it is.  Click that DO IT button in the Rafflecopter form, hit ENTER and that’s it.  You’re entered to win AND you will have unlocked several additional optional entries, if you’ like to increase your chances.  Good luck!



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garden seed pots

Yahoo! It's part of my newborn garden. Be sure to check back and see how it's growing.

I received a Large Northern Seed Collection from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, in order to test the products in my own garden and write this review.  No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required.  As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the products.

 

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    • says

      Reba, this is one of the seeds we are starting this year and I couldn’t be more excited. I realize it takes a couple years before we can harvest the first crop, but it’s going to be SO worth it!

  1. Mayumi says

    I would love to try “Cassabanana,” which says “it has a unique tropical fruit taste….” That sounds exciting!! I would love to grow them and make some sweet desserts :)

  2. Niamh says

    Im obsessed with carrots at the moment lol, I’d love to try their Atomic Red Carrots! The name is intriguing! And carrots….mmmmmmm <3

  3. says

    asparagus … a local farmer here has purple asparagus that tastes amazing! But I haven’t been brave enough to try grow any asparagus yet!

    • says

      This is going to be my maiden voyage with asparagus, Beth. I’m starting with Martha Washington, this year, but that purple asparagus may draw me in next spring. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Christine says

    I am new to gardening, but really wanna go for it this summer! This bucket would be amazing!! I think I want to try the Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts, my whole family loves brussel sprouts roasted in the oven, so would be fun to grow our own!!

    • says

      Oh, Christine, it is such a treasure! I popped the lid on that bucket and there were lights and singing from heaven! :) We’ve never tried Brussels Sprouts. We may have to get brave and give them a go. Thanks for your visit!

  5. Mechele Johnson says

    I have always wanted to grow Swiss Chard! It looks pretty! I haven’t eaten it though, but would love to try it.

    • says

      We had a neighbor, when I was growing up, that always grew kohlrabi. They cut it up and ate it raw in salads or into sticks like carrots and ate it with dip. Thanks for stopping by, Alex Liz!

  6. AnnaZed says

    I think I could grow Delica Thorn Bitter Melon here in Southern California.

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

    • says

      I haven’t had beets since I was a kid and I’ve never tried leeks. We’re planting both, this year and I’m excited to try them out in my kitchen! thanks, for stopping by, Jo-Ann!

    • says

      Yes! It’s not a garden without them, is it, Brian? Tomatoes are one of my favorite things about gardening and with all the choices at Baker Creek, I’m actually planting seven different varieties, this year! I can hardly wait!

  7. Rachel Miller says

    All of their tomatoes look great, but I think the Jersey Giant would be one of the first I’d try :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Peggy Bayer says

    I’d LOVE to try the Homestead tomato! I’ve not found a tomato I don’t like and some of the best ones come from FL. We are hoping to have a really big garden this year and these seeds would really help!
    Peg~

    • says

      Peggy, I wish I could try ALL of them. :) Maybe the neighbor will lend me some of his yard, to expand my garden. What d’ya think? lol Tomatoes have got to be one of my most favorite things about summer! Thanks for your visit!

  9. Jennifer gardner says

    I ordered my heirloom seeds last week from seedsavers but there are several things i forgot to order. I would love to add the Dwarf siberian kale from baker creek to my garden! I am also going to try squre foot gardening this year since i’ve moved into a rental home.

    • says

      Jennifer, once you start square foot gardening, you’ll never go back. I LOVE it! And yes, it seems like we always need a few extra things we didn’t think of when we started our garden plan. You’re going to really enjoy Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds!

  10. says

    I’d love to try growing asparagus, any variety. I think it would be fun for my little guys to see the stalks poking through the dirt then helping harvest. Maybe then they’d eat it…

    • says

      Melissa, I love getting kids involved in the garden and yes, I do think they are more willing to try foods they’ve had a hand in growing and preparing! And if you grow the purple asparagus, that’s even more incentive, when it comes to my girls! :) Thanks for visiting!

    • says

      They really do look amazing, but here in Zone 5, I think I would have to start them REALLY early, inside, in order to get fruit before first frost. They sound so delicious, it would definitely be worth the effort!

    • says

      We love eating it, but like you, have never tried growing it. I think I am going to new a whole new garden space after finding Baker Creek! lol There are so many things I’d love to try and grow.

  11. Dana Vingin says

    Cardoon! I bought a plant once at the end of the season and it grew to what I believe was half it’s potential.

    • says

      They really do, don’t they? Oh, to be able to grow tomatoes, year round! Wouldn’t that be amazing? Then I would have enough time to try all the unique and beautiful varieties that are available. Thanks for coming by, Kristen!

    • says

      I think I may have to put that on my list for next year. It seems to be coming highly recommended by so many of you. What a fun way to discover fabulous new ingredients for my recipe creations! Thanks for stopping in for a visit, Monica!

    • says

      Our family just discovered kale, this past winter. I am growing some this year, since we enjoy it so much. I’m anxious to see how it does in our area. Thanks for visiting, Michele!

  12. melissa says

    I have never grown Bok Choy or Eggplant and would like to try those. Baker Creek is the only place I get seeds from.

  13. says

    I’ve tried some crazy crops in the past, but the idea of growing my own Carolina Gold Rice…and having a *rice paddy* at my place is too fun!

  14. Melyssa says

    I would love to grow any of their vegetables, but the cherikee purple tomatoes are delicious and i would love to have some in my garden.

  15. Hope Christoff says

    Those purple carrots or one of the black/chocolate tomato varieties would be a blast to grow….or any of the unique looking melons….heck there’s lots I’d like to grow!

  16. Vanessa Stoner says

    I love growing tomatoes & peppers … I would try every kind if I could … the Gold Medal tomato looks fabulous.

  17. Rachel D. says

    I would love to try the Dragon Tongue Bush Bean! My kids would love it! We are in Arkansas, so we have both cool weather crops out and seedlings started!

  18. alyce poalillo says

    I would love to try growing Purple of Sicily Cauliflower as I have never grown cauliflower at all and I like it.

  19. says

    I would love to try the African Horned Cucumber, though I think I live too far north. I’d also love to try more of the heirloom tomatoes. There are so many I’ve not yet tried. :)

  20. says

    Um, everything! But if I had to pick just one it would be Purple Jalapeno – they just look so pretty. Came close to ordering them this year, but opted for the Santa Fe Grande instead.

  21. Jen says

    I’ve been thinking about starting an asparagus “patch”. I know it takes several years before yielding, but I remember my grandpa “snipping” asparagus fresh from his yard for dinner. Yum!

  22. Kathleen Yurkonis says

    White Belgian carrot – I’d love to try growing something that is not orange for a carrot (wouldn’t mind trying the purple ones either).

  23. Ferne says

    I’ve never heard of “cowpeas.” My overactive imagination visualizes little miniature cows growing out of vines like peas, so I think I’d like to try that.

  24. says

    Thanks for the great post. I LOVE Baker Creek. I think their catalogs may be some of the most beautiful books ever printed. :) This year, I am looking to try more of their beets, specifically looking at Crapaudine (what a funny name!) and/or Lutz Salad Leaf.

  25. Nicky O says

    I am looking forward to trying the Aswad Eggplant. I ordered it and others just yesterday, This eggplant reminds me of a carpetbag in shape. It just looks like fun, plus it’s heat tolerant,

  26. says

    I’d like to try the Tomatillo Verde. After reading the reviews, I think it sounds like something that will be easy to grow. ……..and I like to try new recipes.

  27. Mary Prescott says

    I bought some Gauchos and several other melons I had never heard of. Just got them transplanted today in my NW Florida garden. Can’t wait to try them.

  28. Kim Bakerink says

    I’d love to grow Orangeglo watermelon! I’ve heard those are wonderful but haven’t gotten to try them yet!

  29. Jen says

    Oh, the Black Pineapple tomatoes. . . they are incredibly beautiful. I can only imagine how great they must taste!!

  30. Pam Ferry says

    I want to finally try spaghetti squash, I love spaghetti, but need to lay off the carbs, this should be a good alternative

  31. Kirstie says

    I am trying some of the heirloom Asian vegetables this year……the bitter melon, wax melon, noodle beans, chrysanthemum greens, eggplant and I am most excited about trying the Red Welsh Onions!

  32. fae says

    I’d love to try the wild strawberries! Maybe next year I’ll be able to put in an order – this year it wasn’t in the financial cards, but at least I have the rest of last year’s seeds.

  33. Sue D says

    A week ago I found out about mangel beets to feed to livestock and they carry Mammoth Red Mangel beet seeds. Would love to try these.

  34. April says

    I would love to try the little Mexican sour gherkin cucumbers….They look like tiny little watermelons, and I love making pickles and those just would be so awesome to turn into crispy little pickles.

  35. says

    I have not yet been successful with leeks, and I’d love to grow them, but I also need to get going with cabbages, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc. I have some Baker Creek Cabbage seeds to start this week!

  36. Lorrie says

    I would love to try the Greek Giant Amaranth, and I realize, I’ve never tried Rutabagas although I read the Carl Sandburg Rootabaga stories as a child! Thank you – great website by the way, Lorrie :)

  37. theresa says

    SF101 Mammoth Island Sandwich Salsify. or ground cherries or… atomic red carrots or… haha many of them

  38. Virginia says

    Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts – I heart brussel sprouts and would have so much fun growing them with my 7 yr. old!

  39. Janet Ramski says

    I would love to try Jelly Melons, but Roselle sounds interesting – one I’ve never heard of before.

  40. Lisa D says

    Asparagus, leeks, and artichokes… I am terribly impatient and hate to wait more than one season for things to produce!

  41. Heidi Stephens says

    Oy, where to begin, haha! Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes! I love Baker Creek’s varieties of tomatoes, especially Black Krim. I’d also love to try the Pear Melon.

  42. Bev says

    I am trying, for the first time, sweet yellow stuffing peppers ordered from your online catalog. Starting inside and then transplanting to garden.

    Would love to try new seeds too – for KC Missouri area.

  43. Shauna palmquist says

    Have loved baker creek for years…. Great to see the support for carrying on the gift of heirlooms. Hope to make it out to the Bank in Petaluma again soon.

  44. krissy says

    I absolutely adore the Triamble winter squash…the color alone makes me giddy! :) can’t wait for the giveaway

  45. Steph says

    Sorry, forgot to say that I’d pick the Superschmelz or Giant White Kohlrabi. I love kohlrabi, but you need a lot to do anything with, so it’d be nice to get one that was the size of three or four of them! Feel free to delete my other comment!

  46. says

    I have had great success with baker creek heirloom seeds. i just enjoyed a lunch full of their early scarlet globe radishes which i picked fresh and also pickled. Delicious. I am looking forward most to growing ground berries. These seem interesting. Good luck everyone. Here is one of my own videos on organic gardening. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPq87b9URos love and gratitude from the texas naked farmer.

  47. Audrey Miller says

    Chinese long red bean. And if you think thier website is fabulous you should see thier catalog. It’s a work of art. Eye candy delux. I also ordered thier hardcover book about gardening this year too. Awesome read.

  48. Carolynp says

    I’m dying to try the Tuxpan of Pipian squash. I’m a huge fan of Baker Creek, also, for the same reasons!!

  49. Holly Mimnaugh says

    There are so many thing I would like to try! I never have enough money to buy all the seeds I would like to! I think it would be fun to try the white wonder watermelon!!! Or the orengeglo watermelon…mmmmm… :)

    • Holly Mimnaugh says

      Oh, lol watermelon isn’t a veggie…does it count? I would also love to try the litchi tomato (ok, ok, that’s fruit, too). :) How about a cosmic purple carrot!? Mmmmm, too many choices!

  50. Cyndi J says

    At Baker Creek you can’t pick just one! Long Island Brussel Sprouts are but one of the many I would love to try

  51. olga775 says

    I would like to try a Lipstick pepper. But I have to say that it’s impossible to pick just one. I’ve made a list of everything that I would like to order and I have 144 names of seeds on it LoL! Having a hard time to downsize it ;)

  52. Jackie Johnson says

    I decided to try the Dragon Egg cucmbers this year. They are coming up like crazy!!! Looking forward to having them sliced and in salads.

  53. Kelle says

    We just got our Baker catalog. I have never seen so many plants I hadn’t heard of, beautfiul. I would like to try the japanese or any varieties of eggplant. I like the Goyo Komodo because it is so brightly colored and looks like tomatoes.

  54. Peggy says

    I would like to try “Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify”, since our season is too short for the artichoke.

  55. Jim Dickey says

    My wife Kitt and I visited the Baker Creek store in Petaluma, California a couple of years back on our way to a tie dye toga party in Santa Rosa and we got some okra, tomato and watermelon and they grew like no bodies business! We were thinking of trying some Clemson Spineless Okra next time!

  56. Julie says

    I order from Baker Creek at least twice a year (yeah, I’m a bit of an addict!) and always drool over their seed collections. I didn’t find it in time for my summer garden (already going in the ground here in AZ), but next year I want to try the Black Pineapple tomato just because it’s so freaky looking and I think my toddler will love it.

  57. Genene says

    I want to try Chuffa (among many others) “This plant is also called Ground Almond or Earth Chestnut. The nutty, sweet tasting, small tubers are quite delicious and produced underground on perennial, grass-like plants. An important food crop in Asia Minor and Egypt since ancient times. This delicacy has been grown for thousands of years; only now is it starting to get popular in America. ” I just love the idea of it & I want to see how they taste & how I can use them.

  58. Kimberly Mertz says

    I would love to try any of their garden berry varieties. I’m a huge fan of non-GMO seeds…it’s all that I will grow in my garden.

  59. Bambi Griffin says

    All of them!!! but for matter of picking one that i didnt purchase this year – Purple Calabash Tomato

  60. Mare S says

    This is my first year gardening and creating one, so this is definitely a great giveaway for me. I’d love to try peppers and cabbage. I think I already have strawberries growing from the people who owned the house before me, but I’m not sure.

  61. Mary Corcoran says

    I want to try the San Marzano tomatoes that they are giving away in CA to promote the Label It (GMO) campaign.

  62. Cheryl says

    Thai Red Roselle – what a magnificent specimen with such gorgeous color and unique qualities! I would absolutely love to smell the flowers, see how intense the color is, and explore options for utilizing its flavor. <3

  63. Jen says

    I love Baker Creek. I always love looking through their catalogs each season and drool over all the unique offerings. I’ve always wanted to grown the Cream of Saskatchewan watermelon

  64. Barbara Berry says

    I would love to try Orange King Calendula in my goat milk soaps. Calendula are an old timey remedy for skin problems.

  65. Angela H says

    wow, what a wonderful website! I just placed my first order, and I’ve never heard of any of the things I ordered! Paul Robeson Tomato, Petit Gris de Rennes Melon, Siamese Dragon Stir Fry Mix, and ten more. I’m so excited to grow my own heirloom veggies since I’ve been buying them at the markets for years now.

  66. Bob Yoho says

    I want to try growing quinoa. Unfortunately, Baker Creek ran out of the Shelly 25 Black variety seed when I placed my order. Oh, well, next year.

  67. peggy-jean robinson says

    I would love to try the Delice de la Table melon and I want to look as happy as David Leroy Kaiser looks in their catalog!!!

  68. katie blackwell says

    You have sparked my interest and I will try growing grains in a pot! I consistantly find myself gazing at the beautiful amaranth flowers. I never considered a pot, I just knew I didn’t have room to grow them in my yard! Thank you

  69. Donna D says

    I would love to try the white-tomesol tomato and a bunch of others, they have a wonderful site!… We raise a pretty good sized garden each year and I would love to grow some veggies I have never seen before!
    I looked around the site some.. looking to see if they might have a seedless tomato. I would love to find some that are seedless.
    chocho1957 at hotmail.com

  70. Jennifer says

    It’s really mean to make me pick just one! The dwarf coffee plant might be kinda cool to try. How neat would it be to grow your own coffee?!?

  71. sue mcmillen says

    I think that I would like to try the rosita eggplant! I don’t believe that we have ever y grown eggplant. I think that I may have cooked one once. The picture is just so beautiful! They are not to big so it wouldn’t seem overwhelming to me. It seems to me that most eggplant are huge! Rosita eggplant is small and just the right size for a meal!
    Thank you!

  72. Stacie K says

    Wow.. impressed with the selection of seeds. I want to try some of the garden berries.. not sure if I could just name one though… papaya is the big one though.

  73. Maggie Drake says

    I would love to try the Chiriman Winter Squash…I am down to my last lonely Delicata from last year, and I’m thinking about new types to try this year…..besides, doesn’t everyone love a cheery man?

  74. Amber p says

    I LOVE baker creek seeds! That is all I planted last year! I think if I had to pick something new to grow that I have not done before it would be a grain like oats or sesame.

  75. Billy Compton says

    I’d like to try the True Black Brandywine seeds that Baker Creek has. I have tried several of the Brandywine varieties of tomatoes but I haven’t tried this one yet. I also love those Paul Robeson black tomatoes.

  76. Wendy M says

    Gelber Englischer Custard Squash. Seems they are already sold out for the 2012 season, but it’s already on my Wish List for 2013.

  77. Linda B. says

    I would love to try tomatillo verde! Seriously! I have fallen in love with green salsa and want to make my own!!!

  78. Tina says

    The one thing I’ve been dying to grow this year is the Kabouli Black Garbanzo beans. Who wouldn’t love some purple hummus!?! :)

  79. Jenny Sparks says

    I would love to grow black futsu squash–actually, my seeds should be here any day because I ordered some from them!!!! They are supposed to taste like hazelnuts! Well see :)

  80. Sarah-Jane says

    Would love to try Waltham Butternut Squash since a. I live on Waltham Road and b. never tried to grow a squash yet!

  81. Wendy says

    I have always wanted to grow Salsify and perhaps also Cardoon~ both old-fashioned and completely unique vegetables that are not available in any store that I know of!

  82. Wendi says

    Huge Lemon Oxheart tomatos, they are a yellow tomato i have always wanted to try to grow more of a variety of tomato than the few same ones over and over

  83. Shelley says

    I want to try Tomatillo Verde, I have alot of receipes that use these, but the ones in the store produce aisles do not look very good.

  84. Amy says

    I would love to try the ground cherries, but I have a pretty small garden, so it’ll have to wait until we move! I would also like to experiment with cover crops during the winter.

    • says

      I am trying a new tomato this year: purple calabash tomato. It is supposed to be the most purple in the purple family. I’ve have them seeded and now awaiting them to poke their heads through.

  85. Lisa W. says

    There are so many I’d like to try! LOL I’d love to try the dishcloth gourd (luffa). Its a strange but useful plant and I like useful but love strange. I want some tree kale too but didnt see that at their site.

  86. Cindy Bauman says

    I would love to try the Yellow Wonder Strawberries! Thank you soooooooo much for saving “REAL” seeds ;)

  87. Laura R. says

    Have never seen spineless okra..so would like to grow Clemson Spineless Okra. Just starting to grow vegetables from seeds. Trying so we can get organic seeds to get our family into a healthier diet.

  88. Leah Lord says

    I’ve actually just placed an order with Baker a couple of days ago. One of the varieties I’ll be trying is the San Marzano tomato.

  89. Jennifer M. says

    I would love to grow the mini red turban squash. This is my first year growing heirloom seeds and I am very excited!! I would also like to send out a big THANK YOU to all the hardworking people who preserve and save heirloom seeds!!

  90. BethBraun says

    I was given some salsify by someone who didn’t know what the roots were at the grocery store. Had a good flavor cooked! Baker carries Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify and it’s culture seems easy enough, so I’d like to try it…

  91. barbara wright says

    I’ve grown pretty much everything I ever wanted, having lived both up north and now down south, but I’d love to try the Sunset Lettuce

  92. caroline says

    Im hoping to have success with BC ping tung eggplant this year. That is actually how I first found them as they have largest selection of eggplant seed around.

  93. Esther says

    I would like to try rutabaga the American purple top. My mom had it in england but it was called something else and she loved it!

  94. Connie says

    Minnesota Sweet winter Squash. i live in Minnesota and found these seeds on Baker Creek. I have actually ordered them :)

  95. Sherry says

    I have been looking for the “butter beans” that I grew up eating and I think they may be the KING OF THE GARDEN lima beans they offer. This would be my pick of something new to try. I’ll be ordering a package of these after next payday.

  96. Karen Rivera says

    I would love to try the Strawberry Spinach…Something new to me and I like that the berry fruits it produces are also edible.

  97. Amanda says

    Just getting my order ready for Baker’s Creek…loving the dragon’s tongue bean…can’t wait to try it and see what the kids think. :-)

  98. Wendy says

    We’ve always wanted to grow varieties of heirloom tomatoes. They have so many to choose from! I’d like to try growing the Tigerella Tomatoes.

  99. Annie Fale says

    I think I would like to try some of the holstein cow peas…they look like the would make yummy bean soup.

  100. Margaret Goodwin says

    So many goodies to choose from! I would love to try the Tonda Di Parigi Carrot. I do all of my growing in containers and these would be a perfect size to try.

  101. Trinh says

    I would love to try to grow the white Snowberry tomato because its description makes it sound so yummy. I’m a bit hesitant to try another cherry tomato though because I really didn’t like the taste of the first batch I grew last year.

  102. erin says

    Merveille des Quatre Saisons Lettuce. I adore the thought of growing something that is from a seed starting in the 1800′s, that it’s french (!) and it looks simply beautiful.

  103. abby says

    I have ordered from seed savers in the past but decided to try Baker Creek this year and I’ve just started my seeds inside this past weekend! We will be trying the Shin Kuroda 5″ Carrot this year, never planted carrots before so I’m hopeful!

  104. Lezlie Wright says

    I have bought several seeds from Baker Seeds this year and have been very happy with all of them. I found some seeds that I have never heard of but one that stood out was Melocoton would love to try it.

  105. says

    I would love to try the Rainbow Sweet Inca Corn. I love corn and remember as a child picking corn from our garden and eating it raw, fresh of the stock.

  106. J says

    I’ve been wanting to try the Jelly Melon! It looks and sounds like it would be so cool for the kids, but so far haven’t tried it. :)

  107. Betty Mullen says

    Oh the moon-and-stars watermelon is my choice for sure! I have the best memories of summer watermelon fresh from my Mom’s garden, and the Moon-and-stars looks so pretty!

  108. Bonnie says

    Have just sown a few Baker Creek seeds inside – Russian Kale and variety of tomatoes. Can’t wait for the rain to stop so I can start working the soil in the garden.

  109. Jessica says

    A few I’d like to try:
    Zucchini Lungo Bianco
    Orange Master Pomegranate
    Ground Cherry
    Yellow Wonder Wild Strawberry
    Strawberry Popcorn

    Thanks so much for an amazing giveaway!

  110. Kim says

    I would like to try chioggia beets. I have ordered from them for several seasons and love their seeds. Even went there once to choose my seeds. Love their beautiful catalogs!!

  111. Amy Miller says

    Well…my wish list is well over 40 items, but I am definitely trying Dragon’s Egg Cucumber and Carbon Tomatoes and Sweet Dumpling Squash! You have a great blog, btw. Your description of an enthusiastic amateur who likes to dream big could describe me as well! Thanks for the opportunity of a great giveaway! Baker Creek seems like a great company.

  112. Serena Powell says

    The Carrots look amazing! My mom would love having the Southern Package, she use to have heirloom tomatoes but the plant was destroyed.

  113. Michelle B. says

    Well, watermelon would be the obvious choice because my three boys and I LOVE watermelon (seriously, I can’t keep enough in the house during the summer)…but…I have to say eggplant. Strange but true, yes, eggplant…my parents love eggplant parmesean and I would love to be able to make a homemade version of it for them!

  114. Barb says

    Chiriman winter squash. It’s a Japanese heirloom squash that’s resistant to squash borers, which is a problem I have in my garden.

  115. Michele Behlen says

    We always had a garden at home .My dad liked to try at least one new thing every year. The only ones I haven’t heard of our Melocotom, Agranth and Cardoon. I’m not sure what you do with them or if they could be grown in upstate New York

  116. Jackie Koller says

    My 2 1/2 year old son loves broccoli. He would rather eat that then candy. I would love to be able to grow fresh for him.

  117. says

    i’d love to try the Strawberry spinach! How cool!! i’ve never heard of it before, but now have it on my list of seeds/plants to purchase!! thanks for the chance!!!
    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

  118. Kam Thornhill says

    I also am a gardener with more dreams than experience but learning something new each day is half of the fun ;-) Love the enthusiasm in your blog and also Baker’s Creek especially the varieties available…I think that the varieties that I am most curious about are both tomatoes ; one being Reisetomate which looks far more strange than any other tomato and tastes like a raw lemon and on the sweeter side Great White which supposedly tastes like a cross between fresh pineapple, melon and guava….I think that even my tomato hating son would like that one ;-) Good luck with your garden and keep dreaming.

  119. Eileen Burke says

    The Mary Washington Asparagus, I’ve always heard asparagus is hard to grow and you have to wait a few years to reap the rewards so we’ll seeeeee

  120. Laurie says

    I’d like to try the Purple of Sicily Cauliflower. I’ve been using Cauliflower a lot more the past few months and the purple color is just stunning!

  121. Lizzie says

    I am dreaming of the Rainbow Swiss Chard. I don’t know if I’ve had it, so I don’t know if I’ll like it, but it is just so gorgeous!

  122. Brent A says

    I just got a new house and would like to put in some new square food gardens and grow some carrots, green peppers, and peas to start with.

  123. Karyn M. Newton says

    I would love to grow kohlrabi. I was introduced to it a couple of years ago and I love the stuff!

  124. Cheryl McKay says

    Can’t wait to see how the Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge tomatoes turn out! Starting indoors this weekend – put may put a couple out because of the crazy nice weather! Thanks Baker Creek!

  125. ellen says

    I have never heard of Precoce D’Argenteuil asparagus and it is fascinating they are growing it in the same state I am in!

  126. Tiffany M. says

    I’ve never heard of Parisienne Carrots, but it does say they are ‘French’– and I do want to travel to France someday… I think it would be interesting to grow them and see how they taste.

  127. Leslie says

    I’ve never grown cauliflower, but I love eating it!! I’d like to try to snowball self-blanching cauliflower.

  128. Maria Balmeo says

    I love growing vegetables in our back yard.
    The item that i never heard of is “Cassabana” … pretty interesting.

    Thanks for the opportunity,
    riadeliza823(at)ymail(dot)com

  129. Amy says

    I might be kind of plain for saying this, but I’d want the squash seeds! I use squash for EVERYTHING in the summer!

  130. says

    I know NOTHING about growing a veggie garden but I’ve always wanted to try! So glad I found your blog!! Id like to try growing brussels sprouts because my family LOVES them. I didn’t know there were two varities – looks like the Catskills would be nice to start with.

  131. says

    Glenda, I so want to win this! My little son is going to start a 4H group and I would love for the kids to be able to learn to garden with all of these seeds! And I would love to start our own container garden or straw bale garden at our house.

  132. Leslie Williams says

    I’d love to try and grow Rouge d’Alger Cardoon. Sounds interesting and I’ve never heard of it!

  133. Cathy A says

    Cardoon is certainly an interesting name for a veggie! I have never heard of it but would give it a try

  134. says

    I would really like to try to grow the May Washington Asparagus. We eat asparagus often in my house, so growing my own would be perfect.

  135. Charlotte Padgett says

    I’ve never grown nor eaten Kale, so I would like to try one of them-probably the Blue curled Scotch.

  136. ANGEL JACKLYN says

    I WOULD LOVE TO GROW THE

    Fin De Meaux Cucumber(S)

    I BELIEVE I’VE SEEN THEM IN THE STORE BUT I’VE YET TO TRY THEM!

  137. Kathleen Downes says

    The Reisetomate Tomato is the weirdest tomato I’ve ever seen. Not sure I’d want to eat it based on the description but it’s just fascinating. I would love to try the Golden Midget Watermelon.

  138. Danielle says

    I would love to try the Dishcloth/Loofa Squash, I looked it up and it can actually be used as a dishcloth how amazing is that, and they last for several years. The flowers are said to be beautiful and it grows 15ft.

  139. Vicky C. says

    I’d love to try amaranth, leek s for my soups, green beans, some melons, and so much more. Gardening is beautiful!

  140. Melissa Metcalf says

    I’d like to try the “Mammoth Sandwich Islands” Salsify. I’ve heard it’s supposed to taste somewhat like oysters, but was a good deal during the mid-1800′s…and I have three heirloom gardens to plant this season :)

  141. says

    I’m going to be trying Mountain Princess tomato this year, along with several other OP varieties from Baker Creek. I’d love to win and be able to try a bunch of different things that I wouldn’t normally try!

  142. Lynn says

    cassabanana melocotons ~ look interesting! Never heard of them before and I just placed an order with Bakers after looking at (I thought) all their veggies lol!

  143. says

    This contest is just perfect. We want to try gardening for the first time this year. And what a great prize!

    I have never heard of Cardoon.

  144. Audrey Griffis says

    we love peas so i’d love to try the different ones they have me and my daughter fight over them :) fresh is the best :)

  145. Sue Burmeister says

    Tomatoes are one of my favorite veggies..so many ways to use them! But I never heard of Grannie Cantrell’s German Red tomato. Sounds delicious with a great story besides!

  146. Devona Fryer says

    I would love to grow my own cucumbers. I love them and they’re great in salads. It would be great to grow things you use in a salad and be able to go out in your garden and pick fresh veggies to make a salad. It would be a dream come true. The cost is rising so high too.

  147. Kylie C says

    I’d love to try growing the Extra Dwarf Pak Choy! They sound perfect for succession planting and eating whole in stir fries!

  148. Amanda S. says

    I would love to grow broccoli. Seems like it’s more of an early spring thing and I guess we put our garden out too late. But I’d love to go out and pick fresh broccoli for broccoli and cheese. Mmmm….

  149. denise says

    You mean I have to pick only one I’d love to try growing!?

    While I am familiar with the seed selections on Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds I would say I’d love to give Brussels sprouts a try. I live in Georgia, I have sort of convinced myself that growing Brussels is a bit more difficult because its stays so blasted humid and hot here, especially the past two years.

    I love growing from seed and I love gardening. I will try to grow anything I can and I am always on the prowl for something new . . . from hiking through the forest to pulling over on the side of the road because I see an interesting plant. Or, my favorite, a simple conversation with a random stranger that blossoms into an exchange of knowledge, tips and tricks, a few wives tales and a lead to discovering new seed. Gardening is my stress reliever and my therapy, planting a seed and waiting for the morning I walk to my brood and notice tiny leaves forming is more exciting than kissing your first love. You know EXACTLY what I am talking about too! :)

    I am not very technology savvy with the twitter and facebook thing but in the garden it is my world, the pace is slower, less stressful, and far less desensitizing than the way things seem to be now. What swells of comfort, happiness, and delicate fragrance wave over all the senses, with every foot step that crushes sweet herbs and flowers it reveals flavorful smells from such edible perfection. I can not WAIT for late spring and early summer! Flowers, various edibles, birds, and insects call and dance their life around the gardener as if to teach us how fulfilling, rewarding, and wonderful life can be.

    I can not tell you how excited I am to have a small chance, an opportunity, to perhaps find myself with an array of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds!!

    Thank you for your time, Denise

  150. AndreaH says

    There are so many different beans I’ve never heard of! I’d love to try out Royalty Purple Pod Bush Bean. Such a pretty color.

    AndreaH
    davandihamilton (at) gmail (dot) com

  151. Barbara says

    I would love to try the Hssiao His Hung Shih tomatoes; they remind me a lot of a pear tomato I used to eat at a child when visiting my grandmother’s house. They were delicious!

  152. tina page says

    I am planning on adding eggplant to my garden this year. I know it grows well with tomatoes and I grow ALOT of tomatoes!

  153. Serena says

    I have grown most of the commonplace varieties already, but I would love to try growing tomatillos and maybe some kohlrabi too.

  154. Gaye M says

    I’d love to try some of their tomato varieties, like Ananas Noire (or Black Pineapple),
    Isis Candy Cherry and Mary Robinsons German Bicolor. What a great site!

  155. betty says

    I would like to try Tepenuan Canteen Gourd seeds because I have never grown them and I’m wondering what they look like. As a veg. I like the Taiwan Black Seeded Long Bean. :)

  156. debbie johnson says

    no one in my family has ever grown Catskill Brussels sprouts. we all love them. i would love to try this.

  157. Bonnie Peeling says

    I would like to try any of the eggplant varieties. Thank you for all of the information on your blog.

  158. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says

    Well, I’ve actually HEARD of them all – but have only TRIED to grow (vegetable-wise) tomatoes, variety peppers, carrots, lettuce, radishes, spinach, and pole beans.)

    I’d love to try the Oriental Greens, Bok Choy, Raddichio and Rutabega (my hubby/honey’s favorite!

  159. shirley pebbles says

    I have never heard of kohlrabi?

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  160. Beverly Metcalf says

    I love growing the cherry tomatoes and the orange banana cherry tomato seeds they have are different. I love the orange color. I love to garden and this contest would be really nice to win. Thanks for the contest!

  161. Theresa Shafer says

    Riesentraube Tomato
    TM132
    76-85 days This old German heirloom was offered in Philadelphia by the mid-1800′s. The sweet red 1-oz fruit…

  162. Sara Peters says

    The Australian Butter Pumpkin looks adorable, and useful ~ I’d put that baby on a trellis and make it its own little hammock, lol ~ good luck to all!

  163. carol lewis says

    How about Michihli Cabbage? I love cabbage and would love to try this.
    I have to say this is the BEST giveaway! My sil, and granddaughter would go crazy about this! Rachel is 5 and loves to help her daddy plant and even weed!

  164. lknott says

    The Garden Huckelberry is something new I would like to try! Love to Garden but not as able as I used to!

  165. kristi marie says

    I would like to try bok choy. I have never grown it and really don’t know much about it. I picked this as my new veggie for the season!

  166. michelle says

    There was a lot of different seeds that I would love to try. If I had to pick one I would say Kohlrabi.

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