What is an Heirloom

Try to think of Heirlooms as seeds that your Grandma and Grandpa used to sow and grow in their garden.

The photo above is a picture of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Store in Mansfield, Missouri.  How cool is that? 

Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds dating back to the 19th century. They offer nearly 2,000 varieties, from over 100 countries, of vegetables, flowers, and herbs - the largest selection of heirloom varieties available in the United States.

They are - by far - one of my favorite seed companies. But why do I love them so much and why am I so passionate about heirloom seeds?


Heirloom Seeds are:

  • True to Type - they have the same characteristics as their parent seeds
  • Non - Hybrid - not crossbred with other varieties; more pure 
  • Non - GMO - not genetically modified
  • Open - Pollinated - pollinated only through natural means
  • Pesticide - Free - no chemicals are used to to grow them
  • High Germination Rate - 85% germination = more harvest with less seed
  • Easier to Sprout
  • Long Lasting in Storage - heirloom seeds can last for many years when stored properly

The Long Island Cheese Pumpkin is a local variety that's been cultivated since the 1800's. Making a strong comeback after almost disappearing, it can be found in many farm stands and farmer's markets throughout Long Island and NYC.

The Monachelle di Trevio bean, recently rediscovered in Umbria, is a very rare Italian beauty that offers taste and good looks. I know. I grew it in my garden last year. And because it's an heirloom seed, I was able to collect seed from last years crop to plant again this summer. That's the beauty of heirlooms! You don't have to buy new seed every year because heirlooms are true to type and always display the characteristics of their parent seeds. 

The Cherokee Purple Tomato is an extremely tasty and popular heirloom that was originally grown by the Cherokee Indians pre-1890. Always a popular choice for gardeners, it is a bestseller among those who enjoy good old fashioned delicious tomatoes.

I get so excited sharing this information with you because I am so passionate about growing food and teaching you all how to do it! 

I cannot tell you how rewarding it is to go outside and harvest a fresh crop from your very own container garden, or window sill, or small plot of earth. 

It doesn't matter the size of your garden, the grand prize of satisfaction is always the same.

Until next time, Get Ready to Get Growing!

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