Tuesday, January 20, 2009

My heirloom garden seed 2009

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I have chose to be a Harvest keeper this year and have joined the grower challenge.

I bit the bullet and ordered some of my heirloom garden seed for this year.
I have never tried any of these veggie types before.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co Was my choice to try this year.
You may ask why I paid more and chose these seeds.
Really it was not much more and shipping was only $3.00 for all this. With these seed being open pollination. Saving the seed each year will feed us forever.

1. They are not genetically engineered.
2. Some are endangered of becoming extinct . Like the dinosaur.
3. I feel honored to be a seed keeper.
4. This was the heritage of my ancestors and the past farmers.
5. I will know my family will not be fed pesticides or genetically modified food.

You will see me grow these over this next summer. Plus others not listed here.

- melon- Ananas D' Amerique A Chair Verte (Green Fleshed Pineapple)This historic heirloom was grown by Thomas Jefferson in 1794. It was offered commercially in the USA in 1824, and it was illustrated in color in France in 1854 in the Vilmorin Album. This wonderful variety has become very rare. The fruit have netted skin and light green flesh that is firm, sweet and highly perfumed. Productive plants can be trained up a trelli
- Minnesota Midget ( OP) (Reticulatus Group) 60-70 days
This very small, very early heirloom was Developed at the University of Minnesota and introduced by Farmer Seed in about 1948 . The fruits are five to six inches in diameter, weighing thirteen ounces to one and a half pounds, they have sweet, orange flesh and are perfect miniature versions of the "Classic Muskmelon". Compact, 3'-4' vines, produce good yields.Fruit slips from vine when ripe.This is not a small plant, but it's very manageable in a large container. It's an especially good choice for northern gardeners who usually can't grow cantaloupes, as well as being the best cantaloupe for containers.
Note:melons crave warmth and sunlight, so early summer is the best time to start a melon patch.It is esistant to fusarium wilt.

- Mary Washington Asparagus, green long stem

- Precoce d'Argenteuil .Asparagus An old traditional heirloom, this gourmet variety is highly esteemed in Europe for its delicious stems that can be blanched white with rose-colored buds. Italian Seed

- Calabrese Green Sprouting.broccoli , An Italian heirloom brought to America in the 1880s; 5"-8" heads and many side shoots

- Romanesco Italia. broccoli
The true and popular Italian heirloom with spiraling, applegreen heads that are so superbly flavored. This variety is widely grown in northern Italy. A must with many of the finest chefs.

- Stowell's Evergreen Sweet Corn, This is among the oldest sweet corn that is still in production, predating 1949. It is still a favorite of many, producing tasty white kernels. The plants used to be pulled up when completely ripe, and hung upside-down in a cool pantry; the ears would last well into the winter, in a semi-fresh state. In 1873, the seeds sold for 25 cents per pint.

- True Gold Sweet Corn, Attractive ears are filled with sweet, yellow kernels that have a fine flavor. This newer open-pollinated corn is becoming a favorite of gardeners everywhere. Productive 75-day corn that is a great home and market variety

[baby.corn2.jpg]- Chires Baby Corn . picke fresh and put into stir-fries and soups. This variety produces up to 20 tiny ears on its multi-stalked plants; pick just after the silk shows at the tips of ears, or let mature for popcorn!
[lemon.cucumber.jpg]- Lemon Cuke, 60 days. The shape, size and color of a lemon but the flavor is sweet and mild! This heirloom was introduced in 1894, and is still a favorite today.
a cuke is a cucumber in Australia. Crystal Apple Cuke. Small 3" oval fruit are a bright, creamy white, about the size of a small apple, and sweet, mild and very tender. This variety has become almost extinct in America after being introduced here from Australia around the year 1930 from Arthur Yates and Co. But this type of cucumber is likely to have originated in China. The small fruit are so tender you can eat them skin and all.

Chinese Green Noodle Bean
Here is an early variety of long bean imported from China. 20" pods are straight and smooth, bright green, and of excellent quality. This hardy long bean is easy to grow almost anywhere. Very tasty stir-fried.
Henderson's Black-Seeded Simpson
60 days. Introduced in the 1870's by Peter Henderson & Co. Sweet and tender leaves, light yellow-green, very popular.
Lau's Pointed Leaf
This variety was collected from Lau, a Chinese farmer in the highlands of Malaysia. It produces star shaped plants with long, thin, bright green pointed leaves. The flavor is sweet and very tasty. This variety was the fastest growing and most vigorous of the many lettuces grown . Rossa di Terviso Precoce radicchio from Treviso, ItalyMakes a long slender bunch of leaves, turns deep brilliant red they're said to be good for insomnia and purifying the blood

- Brandywine Pink 80 days. The most popular heirloom vegetable! A favorite of many gardeners, large fruit with superb flavor. A great potato-leafed variety from 1885!
Beautiful pink fruit up to 1-1/2 lbs. each!

Flame (Hillbilly)
80-85 days. A huge, bi color heirloom, brilliant yellow color with red marbling. Very large with a rich, sweet flavor. Beautiful when sliced. An heirloom believed to be from West Virginia.

Gold Medal
75-90 days. The 1 lb fruit are among the smoothest bicolored tomatoes we carry and are one of the most beautiful we have seen. Lovely yellow fruit are blushing with rosy red that radiates from the blossom end. The firm flesh is of superior quality, being sweet and mild. The low acid content makes them great for fresh eating. From the late, legendary seed collector, Ben Quisenberry. Sugar Baby
79 days The #1 icebox-sized melon! Early! 6 to 10-lb melons are great for the North and have sweet, deep red flesh.

The Tropaeolum or aka Nasturtium flowers and leafs are editable and repel some unwanted pest in the veggie garden. I used them last year and they worked well. My corn was not chewed by any thing but me.

double and large. Plants set flowers earlier than many varieties; the 4’ plants
Nasturtium- Dwarf Jewel Mix

- Nasturtium-Milkmaid Jewel Peach Melba Empress of India

Caution All of the next plants are Toxic if eaten.

(Ricinus communis) Castor Beans This will help to control moles and voles.
- Ballerina Mix (Datura metel) A dwarf version Sacred Datura Double Golden Queen Datura (D. metel) Gorgeous pale lemon-yellow blooms are ruffled, double and large. Plants set flowers earlier than many varieties; the 4’ plants
Splash of Cream (Nicandra physaloides) aka apple of Peru or shoo-fly plant
Said to be a repellent against white flies. Toxic. Flowers July-September. Reseeds Annual. Bushy, 1 to 1,5 m tall plant with 3 cm blue flowers

I will update this later with more info one each plant. As I find out more about them.
If you grow any of these or have a favorite you use, pleale let me know .


Denise said...

That is going to be great.

Gail said...

Marcy grew lemon cukes last year. They were quite a success, eaten and enjoyed by all, especially Princess. I love the small size of the cuke and the ease of just snacking one on the run. We ate them peels and all. Like with any cukes, If allowed to grow too long, you have to deal with the seeds. Even then, the flavor was wonderful.
And, in my opinion, nothing beats a sugar baby for sweetness and finess of texture! The smaller size of these assures that at least half is eaten at one setting. The sweetness is second to none. Some like larger melons but I find with the larger sometimes you have the problem of the meat being a little more fiberous if not picked in time. Sugar baby is best eaten, broken open in the patch, with the meat removed by the bare hand. Placing a handful of sugar baby meat in your mouth all a fine late summer day is awesome. The juice runs down your arms and dries to a very sticky residue if not washed immediately.
Thank you, you have made me taste the summer!

George said...

I've tasted a few of these vegetables and they taste better than anything you can get in a store.

playsdolls said...

Boy you are ready for planting season.You are going to have a great veggie and flower garden

Carla said...

I just ordered from them yesterday!!! Love what you choose (so many to pick from:)! We shared the Stowell corn:)
May it all arrive safely, and grow beautifully for you!!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post grammy! I really enjoyed doig this challenge last year. And I LOVE that catalog!! :)

Titania said...

Fantastic hairloom seeds, what a wonderful veggie garden you have; I appreciate food which is not GM and also not drowned in pesticide. We have a vegetable garden but in the subtropics it is not easy going. We grow strawberries, beans, onions, garlic, potatoes, leek, swiss chard, beetroot, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweetpotatoes and a few other odds end ends. I grow also all my herbs to make a herbsalt which I have written about in some of my earlier blogs. Thank you for stopping by you have a very interesting blog.

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The info for each seed I bought came from the seeds. Bakers creek was where these seeds came from.

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