Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» N&C Midwest: February 2017
by CitizenKate Today at 12:19 am

» New compost bin and 4x8 cedar bed
by ralitaco Yesterday at 11:50 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 11:49 pm

» New England February 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:50 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 8:10 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 6:54 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 4:43 pm

» Spaghetti Squash Recipes
by nrstooge Yesterday at 12:28 pm

» Invasive Tree Roots - Very important topic for newbies.
by MrBooker Yesterday at 7:39 am

» So. California & Inland Valleys -March / April Planting Guide
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:47 am

» 2017 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC
by ralitaco Yesterday at 12:38 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:31 am

» Our 2017 garden makeover
by CitizenKate 2/22/2017, 11:16 pm

» Fall means apples....
by reynajrainwater 2/22/2017, 10:43 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing February 2017?
by Scorpio Rising 2/22/2017, 9:51 pm

» California's Drought
by sanderson 2/22/2017, 7:08 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals 2/22/2017, 6:40 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Mellen 2/22/2017, 6:37 pm

» Root Knot Nematodes - PROGRESS!
by sanderson 2/22/2017, 1:48 pm

» Plant ID
by No_Such_Reality 2/21/2017, 8:24 pm

» Western Mount/High Plains: Seed Planting Dates zone 5b
by RoOsTeR 2/21/2017, 8:58 am

» I'll get my Texas garden right yet
by RoOsTeR 2/21/2017, 8:57 am

» Roots...information....
by MrBooker 2/21/2017, 6:19 am

» Is this wood correct for building box?
by sanderson 2/21/2017, 4:42 am

» Hello from IA Zone 5
by sanderson 2/21/2017, 4:38 am

» Feedback for my 2017 garden plan
by sanderson 2/21/2017, 2:10 am

» ticks
by camprn 2/20/2017, 11:18 pm

» Peppers with black spots
by camprn 2/20/2017, 10:10 pm

» February 2017 Avatar: Time to Wake Up!
by sanderson 2/20/2017, 9:37 pm

» broccoli stunted
by yolos 2/20/2017, 9:34 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Heirloom seeds?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Heirloom seeds?

Post  backyard Jeff on 1/12/2011, 12:15 pm

Im thinking about using heirloom seed's for the first time this year,,,, a friend gave me some tomato's he grew last year and they where way more tasty than mine,,, dose anyone know where i can find a good deal on the seeds? and what kind of luck have any of you had with heirloom plants?


Last edited by Megan on 1/12/2011, 5:15 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : fix spelling of thread title)

backyard Jeff

Male Posts : 17
Join date : 2011-01-04
Age : 54
Location : lenoir nc. zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Heirloom seeds?

Post  miinva on 1/12/2011, 12:27 pm

I use heirloom seeds whenever possible, and a great source is Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, which is located in Mineral, Virginia. Their website is at http://www.southernexposure.com/ . I completely agree about superior flavor Smile

miinva

Female Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-04-29
Age : 48
Location : Central Virginia, 7A as far as I can tell

View user profile http://www.ungardener.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Heirloom seeds?

Post  acara on 1/12/2011, 4:19 pm

Do you have a particular variety of heirlooms in mind?

If just want "heirlooms", drop me an addy via PM and I'll send you a packet of heirloom seeds. I've got more than I can get in the ground (I'll have to check the variety when it get home (...I went a little nuts on the Tomatofest website Embarassed )

FWIW .... that 'better taste" typically comes at a price ...

- slower growth
- lower yield
- more temperature sensitive
- less drought tolerant
- lower disease/fungus resistance
- garden pest are just like you ...they think heirlooms taste better too Very Happy

You may experience some, or all of these while growing heirlooms ...

.... but yes, it's worth it (IMHO)



Last edited by acara on 1/12/2011, 4:24 pm; edited 1 time in total

acara

Male Posts : 1012
Join date : 2010-08-27
Age : 47
Location : Wesley Chapel, Florida (Zone 9)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Heirloom seeds?

Post  miinva on 1/12/2011, 4:21 pm

Actually it's been my experience that heirloom plants seem to have less pests, based on what I've tried in my garden, but your mileage may vary Smile When I selected tomatoes I tried to choose varieties that liked my particular conditions, such as tolerating high humidity, etc., so that may have played a part as well.

miinva

Female Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-04-29
Age : 48
Location : Central Virginia, 7A as far as I can tell

View user profile http://www.ungardener.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Heirloom seeds?

Post  Megan on 1/12/2011, 5:30 pm

I really don't have much to compare with. Almost everything I grew last year was heirloom, from Baker Creek. (http://rareseeds.com/). And it was FABULOUS. That being said, the lettuce mesclun mix I bought from Home Depot was very productive and very tasty, too.

Megan

Female Posts : 3350
Join date : 2010-04-27
Age : 49
Location : Manassas, VA - Zone 7a

View user profile http://novasquarefootgardener.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Heirlooms?

Post  ander217 on 1/12/2011, 6:35 pm

I grow both. I get most of my heirloom seeds mainly from Baker Creek and also a few things from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, but I pick up a few packets here and there from seed racks in the local stores, too, as well as an odd order from other seed companies now and then - this year it was Totally Tomatoes to get a particular variety of hybrid tomato.

I grow heirloom or open pollinated strains of any variety I want to save seed from for next year.

I haven't noticed much difference in growth between heirlooms and hybrids in most crops, but in my garden this summer which was hit was heat waves, drought, and severe bug plagues, my hybrid tomatoes outlived the heirlooms. However, they did not have the flavor of the heirlooms. So I plant both, to get good flavor from the heirlooms, but to have the disease hardiness from the hybrids that kept going until frost. (While the hybrids don't have the variety of flavor and color, they are still better tasting than anything from the grocery store and beat nothing.) Year before last when we had a cooler, wetter summer, the heirlooms did great. I tried to choose some this year that grow well in hot, humid conditions. (Which means, of course, that we'll have a cool, dry summer.) Smile

ander217

Female Posts : 1450
Join date : 2010-03-16
Age : 62
Location : Southeastern Missouri (6b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Heirloom seeds?

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum