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The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally

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Tired of genetically modified food every day, Americans are moving more toward eating natural, locally grown food that is free of pesticides and preservatives-and there is no better way to ensure this than to grow it yourself. Anyone can start a garden, whether in a backyard or on a city rooftop; but what they need to truly succeed is The Heirloom Life Gardener, a comprehe ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Hachette Books
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Feb 27, 2016 Traci rated it really liked it
Re-read in 2016 since we live near Comstock Ferre and plan to use this company's seeds for the garden...


Each year I try to do something new in my garden. This is pretty difficult because my south facing backyard is so small and my dogs really do need room to do their business, eat large pieces of mulch that result in emergency surgery, etc.

We started growing vegetables from seed a few years ago. It is definitely more cost effective for us and we've experien
Oct 04, 2014 Sheila rated it liked it
Shelves: gardening
I came across this book when I ordered seeds this year from The Baker Creek Seed Company. Baker Creek had been mentioned in a newspaper article I read, and I liked the idea that they only sold heirloom, non-hybrid, open-pollinated, non-GMO seeds. I decided to buy my gardening seeds from them, and while browsing their website I came across this book that they have also published.

The book is interesting, and full of wonderful color photographs. It tells a history of Jere and Emille Gettle, the fou
Dec 30, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening
A comprehensive guide to organic gardening. It starts with a history of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, then continues with a couple of sections on how to garden and especially how to garden in a city space. The bulk of the book consists of instructions for growing and saving seeds for almost fifty different fruits and vegetables, from amaranth to watermelon.
Mar 09, 2016 Mel rated it really liked it
The author begins with his upbringing and his life was somewhat similar to "little house on the prairie". How he got involved in saving seeds began when he noticed his favorite seeds disappearing from catalogs.
He shares his experience in Mexico, Guadalajara, and Bangkok for the purpose of buying/saving seeds.
At the end of the book he lists foods; their history, saving seeds, how to grow the food and what to do with it in the kitchen.
Resources are also given.
I found the book to be fascinating
Brian Marshall
Jun 17, 2014 Brian Marshall rated it it was amazing
A must read of those serious about growing heirloom vegetables. This book isn't just a reference book but an adventure through the eyes of Jere Gettles. I loved reading about his adventures in his search for heirloom seeds.
May 28, 2012 Brady rated it really liked it
I am thoroughly enjoying this book. the photos are amazing, and the text is very pleasant to read. it definitely reflects the spirit of enjoyable and meaningful natural gardening.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I love this seed company. I enjoyed a more in depth look at the
Varieties of veggies
Cheryl Gatling
I picked up this book at the libary. As soon as I opened it, I knew I needed to take it home because of the gorgeous photographs. This book is like vegetable porn. Oh, my! Just look at those tomatoes, melons, and squash! I also enjoyed the text, but it was less remarkable than the pictures. Jere Gettle starts by describing how he grew up with a home-schooling, homesteading family, gardening as soon as he could walk, and starting a seed company while still in his teens. Then he traveled the world ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Alison rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening
Whether you are a novice gardener wondering where to begin, or an experienced green thumb, this is a wonderful read! The passion the authors have for their way of life and the work they do comes through loud and clear. Inspiring anyone with an interest in gardening to get busy and plant one. The how-to information on various crops was presented in a way that was easy and enjoyable, without being dry or boring.

I highly recommend this one to anyone.
Feb 02, 2014 Tonia rated it it was ok
While the book contained lovely sentiments, anti-GMO, seed preservation, etc., it wasn't that well written and it didn't really contain that much useful info. It is worth a look and a quick read for all the photos. I only read it because I love their seed selection and what they represent.
Feb 08, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing
Well written great pics! Author obviously has a passion for heirloom seeds that he turned into a very successful business. Ordered seeds for my own garden and can't wait to get them started!!
Mar 19, 2014 Celestthebest rated it really liked it
Love this book. It is well organized, full of great tips and photos, and fun to read. My only complaint is that there are not many photos of entire garden plants, mostly only photos of the harvested portions.
Mar 05, 2013 Shelley rated it it was amazing
I'm a farmer, but I used to be a gardener and I not-so-secretly envy all the home-gardeners out there. This is my new favorite garden book. It is full of great gardening information for beginners, or experienced gardeners, and I love the story of how the Gettles started out with a passion for gardening and seed saving and preservation of heirloom varieties. I would buy it again just for the photography. If you get the book, make sure you get the seed catalog too—Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
Jul 01, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Gettle is inspiring and funny and useful all at once. We are growing our garden from seed for the first time this year and found everything we wanted to know (and more) about our heirlooms from this book. Even if you aren't growing a garden this book is an engaging read and by the end of the first few chapters I would be surprised if you didn't find yourself wanting to be a gardener (and seed saver as well).
Oct 30, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: gardeners, urban farmers,
Great for beginners and advanced gardeners alike. Really great "How to Garden" section that isn't full of a lot of extraneous info that makes it seem overwhelming. Great A-Z section for individual vegetables. Inspirational background about how Jere Gettle got Baker Creek Seed Company started. To be honest, I didn't expect much from this book but it turned out to be a very nice surprise that it is so well done.
May 26, 2012 Steve rated it liked it
This book is filled with reasons to grow heirloom fruits and vegetables from the way they taste, to the amazing color variety, but my favorite part of this book is the instructions of how to collect and store seeds. My other gardening books talk about how to grow, but do not touch on how to re-grow from self collected seed. I plan to try and collect some seeds from tomatoes this year.
Mathew Carruthers
Apr 19, 2013 Mathew Carruthers rated it it was amazing
Very informative and very interesting - entertaining, as well. This is one of the most informative gardening books I've ever read - and the information it contains solidifies the argument against GMOs and big business agriculture. This is a plea to save the planet. Grow your own food, diversify food crop seed stock to minimize disease and insect predation, and live healthier. I'm convinced.
Nov 09, 2012 Tessa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homstead-garden
This is a really simple but complete book on growing heirlooms. No surprise that Baker Creek would deliver a quality product! There is useful info for beginning gardeners, how to make the switch to organic and, my favorite, how to save seed from our favorite crops. The Heirloom Gardener magazine that they put out is also really informative and we enjoy reading it whenever it comes!
Celeste Dailey
Nov 08, 2011 Celeste Dailey rated it really liked it
For beginning gardeners like me, this is a great book. I learned a lot about gardening basics, and the A-Z growing guide that addresses the author's favorite fifty vegetables is very helpful for more specific information. I also enjoyed learning how and why Jere Gettle started his heirloom seed company. I will be going back to this book again and again for gardening help.
Jacqueline Bell Al-guweiri
May 14, 2013 Jacqueline Bell Al-guweiri rated it really liked it
Love reading about Jere's travels and experiences. Did you know there used to be pink and green corn? I didn't ... Looking forward to starting an heirloom garden this year with no GMO seeds!!! Fingers crossed its a success!

This is a must read for all gardeners who want to get back to basics!
Dec 08, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
A good guide to responsible home gardening. I particularly like its plant by plant guide to growing, seed saving and harvesting. I got this from my library after receiving their beautiful seed so taken with It that I plan to buy it to use as a reference book.
Jul 17, 2012 Lyra rated it liked it
Nice book by the folks at Bakers Creek seed company about the whys and hows of gardening organically with heirloom crops. They are a great company, with an amazing selection of seeds, and this book offers alot of good information about growing them.
Linda Watson
Jul 26, 2012 Linda Watson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eat-well, gardening
Loved this book! I'd love to have my own copy and will be giving it as a gift to new gardeners. Beautiful pictures, inspiring message, helpful tips, and downright fun. I'd love to visit Baker Creek Village too.
Sep 03, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it
Great book to get you through those long days of winter when you can't garden. It gave good instructions on seed saving and organic gardening. I would recommend this book to all beginning gardeners.
Apr 16, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
I have planted seed for Baker Creek for many year so was very excited to read this via my kindle. The book meet every expectation and more. Wonderful for anyone interested in or actively growing vegetables.
Ariel Stirling
Aug 21, 2012 Ariel Stirling rated it liked it

Bought this book hoping to find a collection of stories about heirloom plants and their origins. I was disappointed that the book was not what I expected, but the story was engaging nonetheless.
Jul 06, 2012 Leah rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Easy read, good reference book with personality. Basic information regarding heirloom seeds and growing them along with 50 of the authors' favorite vegetables. I'm a believer in heirloom.
May 02, 2012 Misti rated it it was amazing
Loved reading through this and it will be on our shelf for years. So many things I want to try and I really enjoyed Jere's talk about finding seeds in other countries.
Dec 14, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gardening
Excellent stories about his travels, the photos are fantastic. Very specific info on many vegetables from how to grow to how to use. Even some recipes.
Becky Torbett
Feb 25, 2012 Becky Torbett rated it it was amazing
Lots of great gardening history included in this book. Also beautiful photography. Loved the descriptions, tips, and kitchen ideas.
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