Unique Heirlooms Sprouting up at ECHO BEND

My excitement builds every time I indulge in time spent with my seed catalogs.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is one of my favorite seed companies. I love what they do — from the whole family working to save unique heirlooms, their beautiful catalog, in which they star, the social/agronomic activism, to the unusual, delicious varieties they offer.

Here are just a few of the Baker Creek heirlooms we will be growing this season:

http://rareseeds.com/rossa-di-treviso-precoce-radicchio.html

Melon, Prescott Fond Blanc:  http://rareseeds.com/prescott-fond-blanc-melon.html

Beautiful French melon! Once one of the best known melons, it was mentioned in the 1860's, but it likely is much older. The flavor is very rich if picked at perfection, and the fragrance is heavenly. This is a favorite melon of mine; almost unheard of in this country.

 

Cucumber, Poona Kheera:  http://rareseeds.com/poona-kheera-cucumber.html

Creamy, light-green fruits; very delicious flesh, crisp, and juicy. Sweet and mild; one of my favorite varieties. Fruit shaped like a potato, with skin turning brow as they ripen. One of our best varieties that is disease resistant and very hardy. Vines produce early and the yield is very heavy. A wonderful heirloom from India that has become our most asked-for cucumber.

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