24 Rare Seeds I’m Growing in 2020!

Well. I said I wouldn’t do it this year,
but I did it anyways. And I bought, I bought a ton of seeds from one of my
favorite seed companies, Baker Creek. So I figured what I would do is run
through like I did last year, 23, 24 of the varieties of rare
seeds that I’m growing this year. So we’re going to rapid-fire
through, I’ve got my kombucha here, I’ve got my seeds. I’m good to go. So
let’s go ahead and talk about these. And the first one we’re talking
about is Marketmore 76 Cucumber. It’s actually probably the most ordinary
looking seed in this entire big old honking pile of seeds. But
it’s a vigorous producer. The thing that’s nice about Marketmore
76 is it’s an open pollinated version of one that was developed at Cornell.
So it’s a true heirloom, uh, but it’s very, very productive. It has a beautiful flavor
and it also holds up. So let’s say you’re a market
farmer or something like that, Marketmore 76 would be a really
good one. Hence the name, about eight or nine
inches uniform. Beautiful. So we’re going to be doing some
Marketmore on some trellises this year. Stay tuned for a video on that. Next we
have one of my favorite types of peas, Desiree Dwarf Blauwschokkers. The pea pods are maybe like
two, two and a half inches long. Beautiful purple color and they are
very juicy and vibrantly purple on the inside too. Like your teeth
will get colored purple. So these are a fantastic spring
crop. Highly recommend them. They’re my favorite pea that I’ve ever
grown so I’m going to go ahead and do it again this year. Speaking of
favorite things that I’ve ever grown, Dragon Tongue Bush Beans are one of
them. It’s one of my favorite beans. It cooks down and eventually tastes
pretty much like a green bean. Although it’s a bit meatier
cause you can see the beans. The beans themselves are a little bit
wider but it’s just very productive. I don’t have many problems with it. Again, it’s a bush bean so it’s
not going to vine up. It’s not going to need a trellis
and it just produces like crazy. I mean I don’t have any problems with
them at all. You just direct sow them. It’ll do better, at
least in my experience, if you have a bit of a
warmer summer than average, if you have kind of a mild summer,
maybe go with pole beans instead. Bush beans seem to do a
little better in the heat, but that’s just my own experience. The
flavor is just really, really tasty. Um, it’s really good for kids too. I think kids like to grow
things that are colorful, that are exciting and a Dragon
Tongue Bean definitely fits the bill. Next in my quest to grow more flowers
this year we have the Amazing Grey Poppy, I mean accurately named. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen one
that looks quite like this. Granted, I haven’t grown a ton of
flowers in my gardening career, but it’s something I’m doing a lot more. I want to add more beauty to the garden
and I want to add just a more diverse ecosystem for the many pollinators
that will run through the garden. And honestly, I might even
grow these as a cut flower, apparently that they’re pretty
prized for florists. So who knows? I might create some
arrangements. But edible Grey, Amazing Grey Poppy is
on the list this year. So I grew corn in raised beds last
year I grew a more classic corn, I think Silver Queen. This
one is Astronomy Domine. It’s a 65 to 70 day variety, so it’s a pretty early season
variety and it’s a sweet corn. A lot of the corn that’s multicolored
like this, like for example, Glass Gem Corn, that classic
one is, is not a sweet corn. You’re not going to eat it
fresh, whereas you can with this. It’s apparently pretty nutrient
dense and it just looks amazing. It doesn’t quite have that vibrancy
of color that the Glass Gem Corn has, but it still looks really
cool and I can eat it fresh, which is how I like to eat
my corn personally. Okay. This corn immediately intrigued
me as soon as I saw it. Japanese Black Sticky Corn.
I mean if you look at it, it doesn’t really look like
any corn that I’ve ever seen. And apparently there’s a lot of
debate on like how this corn, uh, developed and exactly where it originated,
but it’s often harvested immature. You can use it for mochi,
it has a stickiness to it, hence the name and you can harvest
it immature. Like I said, and eat, eat it fresh or you can steam it.
And so I’m really excited about this. I’m not quite sure how this will
perform in my area, but again, part of the fun of gardening for
me is growing some unique things. We’ll see how this one does.
Japanese Black Sticky Corn. Our final corn on the list, I’m going to have to have a lot more
space if I’m growing all this guys, is Montana Lavender Clay Corn. It’s a flour corn and as the name suggests
it has that beautiful lavender color. We’ll see how this one goes. It says it’ll do really well in
a rugged sort of cold climate, uniform ears. Uh, this is probably my third pick as far
as the ones that I will sacrifice as far as space goes. So if I
don’t have enough space, this one might not make the planting list
this year or I may just plant it on a separate property. One of my friend’s
gardens that I help manage out, but Montana Lavender. Really
interesting. I just couldn’t say no, so it made it into my shopping cart. So here’s one where I just bought it
simply because the seed packet looks amazing, but I mean mint is one
of my favorite things to grow. It’s one of the easiest plants to grow,
provided you give it what it needs. And this is Mountain Mint.
It’s generally a perennial, it’s a great pollinator
plant that you can also use, as the photo implies for tea, mint tea. So I’m going to grow it. It’s going to be a unique mint that
I’ve never grown before and I’m really excited about it. Speaking of another amazing pollinator
plant that you can also use in the kitchen, in your drinks
is Paradiso Mix Echinacea. I mean the color differentiation
on this is incredible. It’s a fantastic pollinator plant and
it fits with my goal of growing more flowers this year. So of course
this one made the shopping cart. Now here’s one that I actually
do have some history with. The Five Color Pepper was one of the
first peppers I ever bought from Baker Creek back in the day. And I kind of set it and forget it and
had an amazing Five Color Pepper plant. It was absolutely beautiful.
Just one of the most fun peppers. It says ornamental. I mean
you can technically eat it, it’s just the flavor is just more
raw heat and not a lot of subtlety. So most people don’t. But you get this beautiful ripening
pattern of a purple all the way towards a cream, which is why it’s
called the Five Color Pepper. And they don’t ripen uniformly. So you
get a Willy Wonka type of pepper look, which is really, really
neat. So if you’re into that, definitely toss this one in the
cart. So now we Solar Flare Lettuce, which was apparently developed from a
1600’s variety of lettuce called Spotted Aleppo. So it’s a very storied,
very storied history on this one. You can tell the color is beautiful.
I just wanted a really beautiful, uh, showy sort of leaf lettuce that
was red. And this one fit the bill. So Solar Flare is going
in the garden this year. This is one of the weirdest
things I’m growing this year. I’ve grown peanuts before and not
had a ton of success in my garden, so I figured why not grow an even more
finicky peanut? See how that goes. This is Fastigiata Pin Striped, so it’s a striped peanut you can see
and uh, native to Ecuador, I believe. Purple stripes, it wants to, of course
it’s a peanut so it wants loose soil. Peanuts are going to be developing
underneath and it wants hot temperatures. So I’m going to plant it in the best area
I possibly have in my garden and we’ll see how that goes this year. Our
next plant is a another leafy green, It’s Lunix Lettuce. You can see it’s, it’s an oak leaf style red that
it just, it just does really well. It doesn’t bolt that quickly,
which means that for me, I can garden mostly year-round, which means that as soon as like
November through maybe February, that’s lettuce season for me and as I
go into spring/summer I kind of really can’t grow it because
it’s a little too hot. So I wanted to see if I could do it with
something that was a little bit slower to bolt. And it seems like Lunix
Lettuce might fit the bill. So here is another pepper that is somewhat
similar to the Chinese Five Color. It’s still an ornamental, it’s screaming hot and not a
lot of subtlety in the flavor. So you don’t typically eat it. It’s the Filius Blue and it’s going
to be very compact, great ornamental, like I said. And again it does go through a bit of a
color change during its ripening phase. So you get this sort of Willy Wonka style
and it’s just another good option for an ornamental pepper if you want a pop
of color and to plant something that’s technically edible but really more serves
a visual function in the garden. Okay. So I’m a little behind
the curve on this one, but I decided to bite the bullet and
actually plant some Mexican Sour Gherkins or cucamelons as they’re called. I feel like this was the most
popular edible plant of 2018 perhaps, everyone was growing these
guys. Uh, we’ll see how they go. I usually don’t devote a lot of space
towards things that vine like crazy and actually block a lot of
the sun in my garden. But I have some new things going
on in the front yard this year. So we’ll see how this one does.
Here is a plant that really I, I question why even buy these seeds
because they’re so abundant in my natural landscape. If I go into the canyon
I can see nasturtiums everywhere, but I can’t see Bloody Mary Nasturtiums. The interesting thing that’s going on
nasturtiums right now is there’s a lot of breeding going on to change the color
of the flower. So as you can see here, the flowers look absolutely gorgeous. And that’s one of my favorite parts of
nasturtiums because although they are an edible plant and actually prized
among chefs, I don’t like the taste. They taste sort of soapy to
me. And I don’t know why. Maybe it’s like a genetic thing cause
everyone else seems to love them, but I don’t really like the taste. So I’m going to grow them for just the
flowers. I just want to see the flowers. Okay, let’s get into some big boy
tomatoes. This is a very classic, classic tomato Costoluto Genovese. It’s been around since the early 19th
century and it really just is your classic beautiful red tomato. So we’re just
going with a classic, nothing flashy. Uh, this might be the producer this year. Now of course if we have something basic
we have to have something a little more flashy. Ananas Noire is the first
tomato I ever grew. Uh, in 2010, it’s the first one. And as you can see, it sort of has this sort of
striped red and yellow patterning. And when you cut it
open, that’s preserved. So you actually see a bit of that
color variegation in there too. So it’s really, really cool big fat
tomatoes, I remember just it’s so, it’s so massive. It’s like
one and a half pounds. Uh, and I grew them the first time. So I have a special place in my
heart for the Ananas Noire Tomato. Thus it’s coming back on the menu
in 2020. Next we have a carrot. I can’t really collect enough
carrots, radishes, any root crop. I want as many varieties as possible
for some reason. So the Uzbek Carrot , you can see it has sort
of a broadness throughout. It’s almost like just a cylinder
instead of tapering off like some of the classic carrots and so it can do well
and in a lot of different types of soil. It’s not as finicky, I would
say, as other carrots are. But it still is a carrot.
It still is a carrot. You got to give it the care that it needs.
So we’ll see how these go this year. The Uzbek Golden Carrot. Next
we have Nero Di Toscana Kale. Pretty classic variety. It’s just one
of your, your all around producers. Nothing too fancy here, but it’s been
around since at least the 1820’s. So it’s a really old variety. Next, a
flower that grows really well in my area, really easy to grow is a zinnia. And so I’ve grown maybe three or four
different varieties of zinnias in my lifetime. But this one certainly looks the most
interesting with the variegation and the color variation on the leaves.
Just looks like, I don’t know, looks like Jackson Pollock, just
like splashed some paint on it. So we’ll see how these go. Really
excited. Candy Cane Mix Zinnia. So here’s a kale that I really hadn’t
seen before. It really caught my eye. It’s called Dazzling Blue,
and as the name suggests, it has this sort of metallic blue, uh, sort of vibe to it that speaks to the
cold hardiness of this particular kale. Kale in general is very cold hardy, but this one apparently is even more
cold hardy. So it’s a lacinato style. Really excited to grow this one. The leaves look like they
might be really nice if, uh, picked really young while they’re nice
and tender and nice and sweet and added to a salad. So we’ll see how that goes.
So here’s an interesting jalapeno. It is a jalapeno, it’s the Dieghito Jalapeno and the things
you’ll notice about this guy is that they’re very etched, they have a lot of wrinkles and they
also have a different bit of a shape. So it’s more of a heart-shaped structure
to it. You can stuff them, right? So kind of like stuffing any other
pepper you can do like mini stuff, these jalapenos. So
we’ll see how these go. Apparently the flavor is nice and
sweet. A perfect compliment to its heat. It says. So I’m excited about these guys. I always love growing new varieties
of peppers. And this one’s new to me, the Dieghito Jalapeno Pepper. So the Fish Pepper has a really wild
story that I can’t really get into in this video cause it’s kind of long, but I
highly recommend you go look it up. It’s actually on the Baker Creek
website. It’s very fascinating. But this is a pre-1947 African American
heirloom that’s native to like the Philly Baltimore region. Not native,
but it’s where it was most popular. So it’s used in fish
and shellfish cooking, which is why it’s called
the fish pepper. But look, I mean it’s just got some
really unique striations. It goes through some
interesting color changes. I’m excited to grow this guy
and I’ve just never done it. So we’ll see how this one goes. Actually, you know what the interesting thing
is, the foliage is also variegated, which makes it a very exciting ornamental
pepper that also is a very good culinary pepper. Our last one is
the Orange Jazz Tomato. Great name. It is of course orange with these
little white striations throughout, a beefsteak tomato. It’s a very
heavy producer even as a beefsteak. So you’re going to need to beefsteak it
up and make sure that you support this bad boy because it can just fall over
under its own weight. But it’s a tomato. You know, we all know
how to stake tomatoes. This is the last one on the list guys.
So anything that stood out to you, anything that you’re also growing or
anything that you think I may have missed this year? Comment it down below. I know
last year I didn’t do the best job of, of following up on the 2019 things that
I grew like I grew Pink Celery that did really well. I grew Job’s
Tears that did really well, but I didn’t do as many videos on that. So this year I will do
more videos updating on the
process of some of the stuff that I’m growing. Uh, but the garden’s undergoing a
little bit of a remodel right now. So the garden is on pause
while we rebuild a fence, we rebuild a pathway and we redo all the
drip irrigation in the Epic front yard. So I’ll take you along for that journey. But all of these right here will
be going in at some point in time. So stay tuned for that. Good luck
in the garden and keep on growing.


  1. 👌

  2. Good video! Keep it up! Would you like to be YouTube friends? :]

  3. I say the same thing every year- I'm not buying any seeds. Then I buy seeds. A lot of them. Fantastic upload!

  4. Love the Desiree peas grew last year and already sowed here in 8b cucamelon grows well when you just let it be fish pepper is awesome and spicy

  5. Awesome. I've heard a lot of people raving about Dragons Tongue Bean. Might have to give it a whirl.

  6. Willie Wonka style?

  7. Try the Koginut squash from Row 7 Seeds. Yummmm

  8. Have fun with your 2020 garden! I look forward to growing out the Uzbek Gold Carrot, too! Best wishes from Kate in Olympia, WA

  9. I’m curious about that black corn. Wondering how the nutritional values might differ or the vitamin profile. Love how you’re including more flowers but how some are edible and good pollinators.

  10. I'm also growing the fish pepper for the first time this year! I'm very excited for these

  11. Baker creek is awesome! Love Rare Seeds!

  12. last year i was hoarding houseplants, now i'm hoarding seeds 😊

  13. Love the picture with Charles Dowding in the background! Was a great video. 🙂

  14. I know whose yard im going grocery shopping in. 💜👏🌱

  15. I planted the dragon tongue bean too late last year, so I had a small harvest, but oh my! They were beautiful and so sweet raw! I also bought the cucamelon and chinese five color pepper seeds this year. Can't wait to try them 😊

  16. good luck mate looks like an interesting year is to come.

  17. You have quite the collection of seeds. Many of them are ones I've never heard of. I hope you will keep us updated on how the garden grows.

  18. I am so glad I stumbled upon your channel 🙂

  19. Right on great mix I over sploged this year and I m Bailey starting my seed collection for between the hops to many goodies great video

  20. Hello from Wisconsin…I have placed a couple orders from Baker Creek so far this season and may have to again after watching your video. I am growing Brad's Atomic Grape tomato, Paul Robeson tomato. Salsify( which I saw on a Charles Dowding's video and I am totally jealous you went to visit him by the way ) Mountain mint , King of the north and Poblano peppers, Rocky top lettuce, Aunt Molly's ground cherries Scarlett Runner beans and variety of radishes after I heard they are delicious roasted :0 ( who knew? ) and more I am sure I have forgotten. This is my 2nd year growing food on a larger scale. I learned to can last year as well and I am hooked. I am developing a edible landscape on my urban setting and am really enjoying the process. The rabbits are a problem so I have lost a few fruit trees this winter because the snow got so deep they got inside my fencing around the trees and chewed the bark off . That was an expensive lesson 🙁 I have my seeds all organized in the case you showed on a past video. Thank your friend for me that was an awesome idea. I have 2 for veggies and one for flowers….is there a support group ??? Tee hee …Love your videos

  21. You get a golden ticket for those selections!

  22. Last year I had an EPIC seed haul but now since moving into an apartment with no outdoor space I'm just living out my fantasy through you. I wanted to buy most of those seeds when I looked through the baker Creek catalog….at work while I was supposed to be productive 😅

  23. Are you planting the corn at different times? If they are close by and are pollinating at the same time won't they crosspolinate and result in mixed seed (kernels)?

  24. lmk when you have some zucchini , butternut, or straight necks you want grown.. lol

  25. German striped tomato – a beefsteak – the best ever, in my opinion. It gets huge but not mealy as so many beefsteaks tend to get. Dazzling purple kale I've grown for the first time, and it is beautiful. Did you try Atomic Grape tomato last year? I seem to remember it was one of the seeds in your video. I tried it and it did really poorly, all of the seedlings died, and none of my other ones did, but still gonna try again as it's so pretty.

  26. yess, was waiting for this video. I am also growing nasturtiums and cucamelon.

  27. Wow I really like your livingroom. So nice and cozy just ready for a black cup of coffee.. And I see the picture of you and Charles in the back. Stylish😊 I wont show you my pile of seeds as I have tooooo many.. they're all in a photoalbum😂

  28. Those dragon beans sound fab! Good luck growing this year. Jen

  29. I bought a whole bunch of seeds for this year and also got the Amazing Grey Poppy and Dazzling Blue Kale. I also bought the death spiral hot pepper because it looked gorgeous!

  30. That Poppy though, gorgeous.

  31. Buying seeds has become my addiction

  32. I didn’t get any notification nor did this show up on my sub page, happily it was on the recommendations page

  33. 1:20 you had me with purple already

  34. I grow flowers which are useful for me too. For example tea, seeds or salads

  35. Could you cover your experience with the pink celery?

  36. Grew fish peppers this year very pretty plant but those suckers were hottt very different kinda hot. Also they were prolific lots of peppers

  37. I feel your pain, I can never control my seed purchasing, it usually goes like, I'm not going to buy any seed's thus year, oh actually I'm out of my favourite pea variety, I better order them, oh I might as well check to see what else they have new on here, twenty packets later 🤣 it's so funny I'm watching this in Ireland and a lot of the things you're growing I grow as well, the same varieties, been growing cucamelons since 2014 though 😉

  38. I am trying the Mountain Mint this year the seedlings are up but very slow growing. I have grown the cucamelons in the past unfortunately the taste is not good enough to give them space in my tiny garden but the bees love the starry little yellow flowers.

  39. Costoluto Genovese makes the best sauce! and I bought the Amazing Grey poppies too I can't wait to see them in bloom.

  40. Enjoyed the seed reveal man. Well done video and interesting. I’m a sucker for the stories of the heirloom plants as well. I almost got that poppy. Candy cane zinnia is one of the first flowers ever planted here. And a cosmos mix I’ll have to find again…

  41. Poppy’s are one of my favourite flowers. Those ‘Amazing Grey’ are to die for😍

  42. Our mountain mint flourished even in the teens here in zone 7a!

  43. Christmas/toad skinned melon. As a chef, this is the best melon I have ever tasted.

  44. A few of your choices I also have, but I got from migardener.com. Try it out next time! It's only 99c and apparently I'm a walking add for them 😂😂😂

  45. Look up the buena mulata purple pepper. It's a beautiful pepper and has a lot of flavor.

  46. Those little cuke melons have a very fine vine and leaf. Somewhat like a bind weed or morning glory. It wont shade out anything. I tried them one year unknowingly (grabbed some that were in the regular cukes and realized it after I got home) . They grow well and are abundant at first but then fizzle.

  47. I haven’t had much luck with the dragon beans here in Tampa Florida. They are beautiful though.

  48. I have my mint forever 😂 they so tough even survive through snow ⛄️ they come back every single year
    Make sure plant them in pot not in ground, mint are super invasive
    I grow my oregano 🌿 mint and strawberry 🍓 in pot, they never die out

  49. I'm growing those poppys this year too.

  50. That Lunix lettuce is delicious, I can't get enough of it! I was also tempted by the nasturtiums, but since they are my main "weed" in my garden, I just can't! I grew a lot of the "Mother of Pearl" poppies last year, they were delightful, and it looks like they are my new "weed", so this year I will be quicker to remove the spent seed heads! I'm also trying that Dazzling Blue, so pretty! I grew the Fish Pepper last year (and am overwintering it at the moment), and it is just beautiful. Because of the variegation, it does need a bit more shade to stay happy. Nice to hear that the pink celery went well, I am also trying that! My biggest successes last year were my winter squashes: Buttercup, Oregon Sweet Meat, and Violina Gioia Italian Butternut. I went for flavor, and got it. I will grow the same this year, but more buttercups than the others because the smaller size is just more useful for me. I grew some "Bronze" corn this year, but the rats got it all, I will not be growing any corn again until I get a good rat-chasing dog! Keep us posted on your garden!

  51. Can you put a video when the plants grow? All the plant and flowers pics great hope you have a great harvest

  52. Black sticky corn! My grandma used to grow them in her vegetable garden. I love mixing it to my rice and making sticky rice balls 🍙

  53. I grew Marketmore cucumbers last year and sowed WAY too early for our Scottish climate. As a result I ended up growing them in my full length, south facing living room window with them strung up to my curtain pole 🤣. 18lbs of cucumbers from a couple of plants. My husband thought I was crazy, and we couldn’t shut the curtains for about 5 months 😂🌱

  54. Dr blauwschokker. Hmmmm. Gonna order these.
    I am also growing dragon tongue. And winged beans.

  55. If you get a chance i did a video on them. Thx

  56. Please look up " You can't eat the grass" channel. She made a video on how to use nasturtium green seed pods to make a poor man's capers.

  57. Nice seed haul! Didn't see those peanuts for sale… I bought the Tennessee Red, and they're currently sprouting in homemade paper pots. 🙂 I hope they do well for me here! it's the only thing my husband is interested in the garden. LOL

  58. if the seeds are heirloom as you say, why are you buying them if you've already been growing them in your garden? you should of saved seeds from last year to replant. Heirlooms are supposed to let you replant for the next year that's why people like them compared to other seeds.

  59. Yup you convinced me to get some seeds. Just ordered from Baker Creek and Marketmore and Dragons Tongue were in the order LOL

  60. What an interesting channel to grow rarer plants. Certainly someone has to and may be even more variety of seeds will be created. Foods around the world, spices, fragrances, decorations and what an amazing hobby to have. Some medicinal plants and natural pesticide producing plants are interesting to have.

  61. All these ornamentals booo. Edible plants only

  62. Be precautious with poppy, they can take over.

  63. I'm from the Philippines, where can I buy that variety of seeds?

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