Top 12 heirloom vegetables for your garden

Posted on: November 8, 2019 | Written By: Doug Oster | Comments

Jere Gettle started Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds out of his bedroom as a teenager in 1998. Since then the company has grown to be one of the most respected seed suppliers for home gardeners.

I had the pleasure of visiting their Mansfield, Missouri location several times to speak at their Spring Planting Festival. It’s an amazing place, heaven for anyone interested in planting heirlooms. I’ve grown some really cool stuff from the catalog including ‘Hmong Red’ cucumber, ‘Italiko Rosso’ dandelion, Purple ‘Blauwschokkers’ garden pea, little ‘Biquinho’ hot peppers and much more.

Jere and his family travel the world to discover unique seed varieties.

He’s put out this video showing the 12 favorite heirlooms he’s come across in his journeys. Take a look at the video and catalog to find something different and wonderful to grow next season.

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Doug Oster is manager and editor of Everybody Gardens with a passion for gardening and a love of sharing is experiences with other gardeners. You will also find Doug’s gardening contributions in the Tribune-Review each week. He’s an Emmy Award winning producer, television host and writer. Oster is co-host of The Organic Gardeners Radio show every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Oster’s Outstanding Documentary Emmy was awarded for Gardens of Pennsylvania, a one hour special he conceived and produced for the PBS affiliate WQED. Doug appears every Thursday morning on KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today live at 9 a.m. “Gardening is fun, he says, enjoy every day spent outside tending vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees.”