SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

January 18, 2015

Heirloom Seeds (4 those who get it)

Vegetables

Heirloom seed ready to order

By Maureen Gilmer TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Heirloom vegetables are old varieties kept alive by gardeners and farmers, often in isolated or ethnic communities.  

If you are interested in growing heirloom vegetables, now is the time to request them from the top seed houses before supply is exhausted.  

Their catalogs are packed with how-to information and tips to help you find success with their selections. Catalogs can be ordered online from the various websites, or gardeners can use the phone to call in a request.  

Here are some of the best catalogs.  

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.  

This is a stunning catalog that borders on a gardening magazine. You’ll be amazed at how many varieties it carries, and the photography is inspiring. There are lots of good how-tos, as well as informative articles.   Request your catalog at http://www.rareseeds.com   or by calling 417-924-8917.  

Seed Savers Exchange  

For centuries, local farmers have exchanged seeds of their own plant varieties to expand their diversity. In 1975, a nonprofit was formed on a global level to make it easy for gardeners to share their favorites.   Years later, Seed Savers Exchange became a traditional seed house, offering promising or unique discoveries.   Request a free full-color catalog at http://www.seedsavers.org   or by calling 563-382-5990.  

Seeds of Change  

This was the first swanky color catalog to offer heirloom vegetables, and it remains a wonderful resource. Packed with helpful agronomics fact boxes and useful planning guide charts, it’s far more than a retail catalog.   Request a free catalog at http://www.seedsofchange.com   or by calling 1-888-762-7333.  

Other online sources for seed:  

Sustainable Seed Co.: sustainableseedco.com   

Territorial Seed Co.: http://www.territorialseed.com   (Northwest)  

The Cook’s Garden: http://www.cooksgarden.com   

Victory Seeds: http://www.victoryseeds.com

(For those of you lucky enough to have a protected area you can be sure will not be contaminated by the toxic sprays of professional  hired gardeners such as I must contend with in my apartment complex. . .this is a great way to go.   Nothing else at all could do more for your family’s health than growing your own food  — totally free of chemical fertilizers or starting with GMO seeds as one buys in regular nurseries.  

Imagine starting off a small plot in your own garden with Heirloom seeds.  Wish I could say that I’ll be joining you.   Jan)

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