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My Favorite Tomatoes from 2016 & 2017 Garden Seed Purchase

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Today I’m sharing my favorite tomatoes from 2016, as well as the seeds I purchased for my 2017 garden! I’d love to hear any favorite seeds you’ve grown in your garden too!!

Best tasting tomatoes from 2016 garden

My Favorite Tomatoes from 2016 

I am always swayed by the beautiful tomatoes and their lovely descriptions in the seed catalogs. Last year I grew several varieties that I thought were really delicious and I thought you might like to know. My favorites were the Tomato Solar Flair, Tomato Carbon, and Tomato Blue Beauty. I also really enjoyed the Chocolate Pear Tomatoes! They grew well and I thought their tastes matched my expectations from the seed catalogs. 🙂

The Pink Brandywine were also quite good, and I grew Sungold Select II, Wapsipinicon Peach, and Ten Fingers of Naples last year too. Trying new tomatoes is always fun, and so I bought several new varieties to grow this year that I cant wait to taste. I’ll also grow my favorites from last year too, and some sort of Roma.

2017 Garden Seed Order

2017 Garden Seed Purchase – From Baker Creek Seeds 

I have a lot of seeds left over from last year that I will also choose from, but I always like to try more fun seeds and this is what I got this year. I have grown the Jing Okra before and liked it a lot, the rest will be new to me plant varities.

Tall Orange Sun - Sunflower

Tall Orange Sun – Sunflower


Seed garlic for garden 2017

Baker Creek also sent a bunch of seed garlic earlier in the fall that is already planted in my garden. I planted more garlic than I’ve planted in the past and I love the varieties they sent. I can’t wait to see how it does. For garlic I planted: German Red, Kay’s Backyard, Elephant, Russian Giant, Chamisal, Bulgarian Hanuan, Morrocan Creole,  and Inchelium Red.

Seed Potatoes from Seed Savers

And finally, I ordered seed potatoes from Seed Savers Exchange. I really love growing potatoes. Hopefully they do well. I’ve grown all of these varieties before and they usually do quite well for me. I plant potatoes using the no-dig method and love it.

Potato, All Blue

You can see my seed order from 2015 here and 2016 here, if you’re curious!

And there you have it my, my friends. This is what I ordered to plant in my garden this year! Now, I need to draw out the garden 2017 and figure out what is going where. What are you most excited to grow in your garden in 2017?

My Favorite Tomatoes from 2016 & 2017 Garden Seed Purchase

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankCynthia says

    Such great choices! I am in the midst of planning my garden (flower and vegetable) for 2017 and will think about a few of these. I love the purple potatoes

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