Posts Tagged ‘heirloom’

Before I continue, I should explain a few things about myself. Firstly, I love seeds. I’m sure my fellow gardeners out there can understand– That little jolt of excitement we get every dreary January day when our new seed catalogs arrive. That being said…I go a little nuts when I order my seeds…

Which leads me to my seeds. I LOVE Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They’re all heirloom, so you can get all kinds of varieties that you can’t find anywhere else (and all guaranteed to be without genetic modifications). Their catalog is chocked full of beautiful pictures, and hundreds of seed varieties. They send you recipes, and tips. And the customer service is phenomenal.

Add how awesome Baker Creek is, to my inability to stop buying seeds and you get…..

12 varieties of tomatoes started in my basement.

Last year I did 4 varieties in massive quantities. This year, I had the intention of doing less plants, but more varieties. As it turns out, I’ll probably have the same amount of tomato plants, but 12 different kinds. I won’t lie. I am excited.

I can’t possibly have room in our garden for all the seedlings I started, provided they all germinate. So if you see a variety you love, or haven’t seen in years. Or, you’re feeling adventurous, let me know. I sell my hardy tomato plants at the appropriate planting time for $3.00/plant. If you aren’t a grower, stay tuned, because we’ll have lots of scrumptious tomatoes for sale this summer!

The following are pictures of the varieties I have started. Picture credit is from Baker Creek, unless otherwise specified. I encourage you to click on the picture to learn more about the variety, and more about Baker Creek!

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Emerald Evergreen

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German Lunchbox

pinkox

Pink Ox Heart

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Eva Purple Ball, Image credit SESE

cherry

Black Cherry

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Mortgage Lifter

pantano

Pantano Romanesco

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Rutgers are the beauties in the right corner. This is my photo from last season. Rutgers

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Credit: WSU Stupice

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Yellow Pear

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German Johnson

I have to give a special shout out to Jimmy Cracked Corn, a fellow blogger, and seed lover, who sent me some Cabin tomato seeds he saved from his tomatoes last season. Apparently, Cabin tomatoes are a rare, almost extinct, hardy, and large variety. I can’t wait to see how they do this season! Stop by his blog and say hello!

I’ve also started my pepper plants (6 varieties), and propagated some rosemary from cuttings of the plant I started from seed last year. Some of these will also be for sale in the spring. Let me know if you’re interested!

-Linde

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Should be full of seeds in the next few days!

If any of the locals are interested in purchasing seedlings from us again this year, please let me know so I can have enough of what you want. We have many varieties of different vegetables, so just ask! Check out our “For Sale” tab for more information.

-Linde

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I may have gone a little wild with the end of season sales. πŸ™‚

(And the hubs got me the variety pack from Baker Creek!)

YEAH! It’s like Christmas all over again!

 

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Welp. It’s January already! Seeding starting time is just around the corner. And I. Cant. Wait! I was quite spoiled this Christmas by Farmer Rich. I got a sampler pack of heirloom seeds from Baker Creek (my favorite GMO-free, heirloom seed provider.)

049There’s a little bit of everything in this can! 50 packets ranging from pumpkins to flowers. I can’t wait to get them started!

In other SUPER exciting news, we’ve placed our order for our high tunnels and they should be up by late March or early April. Wahoooooo! We decided to go with a small, up-and-coming, local company called TunnelVision Hoops. They do quality work. (We know, because we visited one of their tunnels, not knowing it was theirs, and Rich and I both started drooling! :)) And they’re really active in the sustainable, locally grown food movement, especially in the Cleveland area. We’re meeting with them on Tuesday to finalize the plans, so stay tuned. I can’t wait!!

We’ve also placed an order, along with our super supportive neighbor, Mel, for 13 chicks that will be hatched out February 4th. What are we getting, you ask? (The following pictures are all from Meyer Hatchery, where we ordered from. Click on the link to go directly to their info page about that chicken.)

australorpAustralorps: This is the variety of our Flo. She’s our best layer by far. She’s laid consistently, except for a few weeks while she molted. So, I figured you can’t go wrong withΒ  a few more strong layers! They lay brown eggs.

goldenwyan Golden Laced Wyandottes: Beautiful, hardy, and lay light brown eggs.

SLWS1 Silver Laced Wyandottes: Isn’t she gorgeous! Also hardy and a good layer of brown eggs.

AMAS1 Easter Eggers: These ladies are fun!Β  They come in all shapes, and colors, and lay various shades of blue and green eggs! (The egg is the same, just the shell is fun colored!)

Because OUR baby is due in March, Mel’s offered to raise our little chickadees until they’re big enough to be outside. At that point we’ll have the high tunnels up, and plan to use them in one of the tunnels to help turn the soil and fertilize, while we prep the other one. So, we should have eggs for sale, consistently, starting in August or September. I can’t even explain to you how giddy I am about all this. πŸ™‚ Thank you, neighbor Mel! You TRULY are the BEST!!

In other news, we’re in prep mode for our new little farm hand to arrive. I’m due at the end of March, but all signs point to me going earlier (fingers crossed!). I had my Ohio baby shower this weekend, and it was lovely. Everyone was so generous. We feel loved. But who knew such a tiny baby needed so much stuff!? Now the task is to find places to put it all in our tiny farm house. Regardless, we can’t wait for our little bean to get here. ❀  My parents came out for the weekend to attend the shower. My mom, the most talented woman I know, offered to paint something special in our nursery (appropriately green and woodland animal themed). So we decided on a tree with owls to go on the wall with the crib. Here’s a sneak-peek:

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I’ll be sure to give you the complete tour once it’s finished. In the meantime, a great, BIG, Thank you to my Momma! I know the baby will love it. πŸ™‚ We can’t wait until it’s done.

So, that about covers what we’ve been up to these days. We’ll just keep getting busier as the months pass, and the baby comes! If any of my readers in the Cleveland area like to get your hands dirty, we are happy to take volunteers, especially since I’ll be out of commission a few weeks into planting season. Comment, or send us a message if you think you might be interested! We’d be happy to reward you with yummy, fresh vegetables.

Check back soon!

Linde

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We’ve got PEAS!

And I ate it immediately following this picture. πŸ™‚ But don’t worry, I have a feeling there’s more to come.

Strawberries!!

These are the heirloom variety my Grandmother had growing in her garden for as long as I can remember. They’re small, and delicious! They aren’t quite ripe, but soon! (Fingers crossed the birds to get them first!)

This is the Honeoye variety I planted earlier this spring. They’re much larger (the size of a quarter). They should be ready in a week or so.

Who knew how beautiful a potato flower was?! just another indication things are going well!

The heirloom winter onions from my grandmother have gone to seed, and look a little crazy! In a few weeks, I’ll dig them all up, divide them, and make a larger patch for next year!

Quite a few of our greens have bolted. I had no idea some of the lettuce flowers were so beautiful.

The pie pumpkins seem to like their home. (Just for you mom!)

The beans I planted last weekend have sprouted, and look ready to climb!

And to top it off, we finished up the main portion of the seasons planting with cantaloupe and watermelon! I’ve never had much success with either, but this year I’m feeling lucky.

Check back soon, or better yet, swing by for a visit!

Happy Memorial Day!

-Linde

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