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Last year I set a goal for myself. The goal was: Buy no new seeds. A nearly impossible goal for a grower, to be sure.

Through great mental fortitude and self-discipline, however, I succeeded in achieving my goal. Huzzah!

In 2012, though, it was all over. It was seed buying time!

I placed my order through Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I am not an heirloom-only seed groupie, but all the varieties I wanted were available through Baker Creek. AND their prices were substantially lower than the other companies I was considering. Plus, admittedly, I was sucked in by their veggie porn catalogue, and excited about the interesting varieties that they have that you can’t find anywhere else. AND, when I received my seeds, I found that some of the packets I ordered came with 600-800 seeds each. I will never have to buy carrots again!

These are the seeds I ordered for 2012. My reasons for buying these particular varieties include:

  • Considered a “gourmet” variety or otherwise well-respected for its taste
  • High yielding variety
  • High amount of usable product compared to amount of seeds required to be removed
  • Long storage life
  • Will stand up to hot summers or cold winters
  • Best variety for our climate

FYI – you may want to review your seed selections each year and decide if the varieties you have chosen still fit your needs. When I looked back over the varieties that I ordered 3 years ago, I found that decisions I made then no longer fit our current situation. For example, I bought a small space butternut squash with a low yield. Now I don’t care as much about space as I do about yield. I would rather give up a little more space and have a much larger yield.

Also, I found that the sauce-style tomato I grew last year was considered a mini-Roma-style tomato. Why would I grow a mini tomato for canning?? No wonder I was annoyed at the small size of the tomatoes and the amount of time required to blanch and skin each one. This year I’m going for big fruit to minimize the amount of time required to remove the skins.

Another lesson learned.

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