Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! The seed catalogs are beginning to arrive in my mailbox. OH, YEAH!
Three of them came in today and two of them are very interesting for gardeners interested in growing heirloom tomatoes. The first is Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds out of Mansfield, MO and Petaluma, CA. I have ordered heirloom tomato seeds from these guys before and have been very happy with the plants and fruit produced from these plants which I grew during South Florida’s spring and summer growing season. Order your FREE catalog from them ASAP. The large format catalog with big, big pictures will definitely get your gardening juices flowing! Baker Creek features all sorts of unique and exciting fruits and vegetables from wild greens to melons, root crops and, of course, tomatoes – flowers too. But the heirloom tomatoes are really the stars of the catalog I think. My wife and I love the unusual varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Red, green, yellow, pink, zebra stripe, ugly, purple, orange, mini, maxi… you really have to see the broad collection that they have. Even rare heirloom tomatoes from Iraq. Check out the Reisetomate (“Travelers Tomato”) on page 79 that looks like a bunch of cherry tomatoes all stuck together. This is a new addition to the catalog that is said to be rather sour, strong and acid – “the perfect tomato for those who love raw lemons.” Order early from Baker Creek as the most interesting varieties seem to sell out quickly.
The second catalog was from Tomato Growers Supply Company. Your can order a FREE catalog from these guys too. Tomato Growers is located in Fort Myers, Florida. I am growing about 10 varieties of their heirloom tomatoes currently in South Florida’s winter growing season. Tomato Growers is not as crazy with their selections as is Baker Creek, but Tomato Growers tends to have more of their seeds in stock versus Baker Creek, whether you are ordering for early or late season growing in Florida. They tend to be more focused on tomatoes, peppers and eggplants while Baker Creek has more of a variety of other heirloom vegetables, fruit and flowers.
The third catalog that came in the mail today is Jung Seeds & Plants. These guys are located in Randolph, WI. You need to order something from these guys to receive a catalog. You also have to watch out for their plants as they are predominately for northern growing areas and much of what they sell will not grow well in South Florida.