Spring has finally, officially, arrived. And at Heritage Farm in Decorah that means that staff are gearing up to pack up the open-pollinated tomato, pepper, and herb transplants that gardeners around the country have ordered to get a head start on the growing season.
That’s right—early shipment of transplants begins April 3, with shipments then taking place weekly beginning April 24. (Orders for warmer zones will ship first, and those for cooler zones will take place once the threat of freezing has diminished.)
If you’ve already ordered your transplants, thank you for supporting Seed Savers Exchange and look for your order to arrive in the weeks ahead as temperatures continue (we hope!) to rise.
And if you haven’t yet placed an order for transplants, take a few minutes to browse our transplant collection. All purchases help support our mission to save, preserve, and share heirloom and open-pollinated seeds.
Other signs of spring at Heritage Farm
From disappearing snow to reappearing birds, it’s clear that planting is on the horizon at Seed Savers Exchange. Perhaps the most definitive sign yet of spring on the farm is the reopening of the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center, home to an array of seeds, gardening supplies, and, in the weeks ahead, transplants and a unique assortment of plants (think asparagus; hops; rhubarb; raspberries; and cherry, pear, and apple trees). Are you curious what plants and transplants the visitors center will sell this season—and when those plants will be available for visitors to purchase? If so, check out this comprehensive list.
If you're looking for a good date to visit Heritage Farm, stop by on May 6, the date of the annual Heritage Farm plant sale. If you have time, make a day of it. Our 890 scenic acres encompass hiking trails, fishing streams, and display gardens just waiting to be explored. And from 10am-3pm, you can attend our Spring Garden School and learn how to start seeds, plan your garden for seed saving, start composting, and more. (Register here; lunch is provided.)