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Fight post-Christmas letdown with a seed catalog!

By Penny Stine

Just in time to combat the January blahs, I opened my mailbox and found a wonderful present, the 2012 Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog! (go here to get yours)

This is a catalog to beat all catalogs. It's like the kind I vaguely remember my mom getting when I was a kid, with colorful, glossy pages and gorgeous pictures of vegetables, herbs and the occasional fruit.


I ordered plenty of seeds from Baker Creek last year, and I was going to blog about their performance compared to the seeds purchased from Park Seed or the ones I got at Bookcliff Gardens. Sadly, I never did.


I will say that I ordered a lot of exotic, unusual things from Baker Creek simply because they were offered, and many of them turned out to be so-so. Whether that was due to the growing conditions in our area and my garden, the seeds themselves or simply because I discovered that I don't care for the taste of tigger melons or Mexican sour gherkins (AKA mouse melons).


I also learned that quinoa doesn't grow here, at least not in the semi-shady area of my garden in which it was planted.


In spite of multiple busts last year, I will order seeds from Baker Creek again this year. I can't resist. Could you, after looking at these photos? When was the last time you got so excited about eggplant and squash? (And don't try to tell me that you don't find these photos exciting.)

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Ahhh, summer dreaming, every year I say, “next year my garden will be bigger and better than ever!”




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