Look what came in the mail for me yesterday! Oh it’s like Christmas!
I am one of those strange people that devour seed catalogues. The different plant varieties and their growth habits enchant me, and I daydream of harvesting produce as diverse and colorful as the plants that fill those pages. I have scavenged the catalogues for years, but this is the first order I’ve placed. EVER.
These were my top picks this year, although I may place another order. These are all heirloom varieties, so the plants will come back true from seed saved each year (as long as they don’t get near another variety that can cross-pollinate). I ordered from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and Seed Savers Exchange.
Ananas Noire Tomato This tomato’s flavor profile sounds intriguing. It also has interesting coloring and is supposed to be a good producer.
Golden Beet I love beets, golden and otherwise. Big bonus, the gold ones aren’t nearly as likely to stain your clothes or anything else!
Petit Gris de Rennes Melon In the catalogue, this is claimed to be the favorite melon of a famous melon expert. I figure if it’s a “melon expert’s” fave, it’s gotta be good.
Zuchinno Rampicante Squash Love that this squash can be used as a summer squash or as a winter/storage type.
Seed Savers Exchange:
Potimarron Squash It’s French name describes it’s supposed chestnut-like flavor, it’s a good keeper, and just look at that gorgeous red/orange skin! I also like that the squash isn’t a HUGE winter squash. It’s a manageable size at about 3-4 pounds, just big enough for a few people, or to be turned into a pot of soup.
Black Krim Tomato This tomato looks amazing, super dark, and the flavor is supposedly one of the best. I can’t wait to try this one!
Sweet Pea Currant Tomato These are itsy-bitsy tomatoes perfect to garnish…whatever you garnish tomatoes with. Honestly I’m hoping the flavor is good too, because I don’t know how many excuses I can come up with to grow adorably minuscule tomatoes if the main purpose is not to eat them. But I couldn’t resist trying them at least once.
I cannot wait to see how these babies do this year! Are you growing any new varieties this year that you’re excited about? Any tried and true that you would recommend?