Please join us on Friday, March 2nd at Left Bank Books, beginning at 6.30pm for an informal gathering and book signing with Seed Savers Co-Founder and author of "Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver," Diane Ott Whealy. http://www.gatewaygreening.org/upcoming-events/book-signing:-diane-ott-whealy.html
Order as many seeds as you like. Go crazy. Those shiny plant pictures are enticing and even if you purchase more seeds than your garden can handle, that's ok! When it comes time to plant you will have an inventory to choose from, and that's never a bad situation. Just make sure you order somewhat evenly from every crop rotation — leaf, root, flower, and fruit. When my seeds arrive, I file them in old recipe boxes by crop rotation, which helps to keep things uber-organized.
$25 - Daughter of Iowa farmers, Missouri homesteader, and mother of five, Diane Ott Whealy never anticipated that one day she would become a leader in a grass-roots movement to preserve our agricultural biodiversity. The love for the land and the respect for heirloom seeds that Diane shared with her husband, Kent Whealy, led to their starting Seed Savers Exchange in 1975
I like this plant. It's a little "floppy" but it's hardy and smells so nice when it's leggy flowers fall into the path, getting stepped on. I like the feathery foliage so I don't hesitate to cut the flowers. Nice, and easy to grow. All the seeds sprouted in my greenhouse and survived my neglect!.
Thick stalks are popular for making delicious pies, cobbler and preserves. This variety can be harvested starting as soon as the 2nd season. Rhubarb is very popular in Canada and the north. Do not eat the leaves, as they can contain toxic amounts of oxalic acid.
New! (Oenothera glazioviana) Large, fragrant, soft yellow blooms literally burst open at dusk, revealing, within seconds, the large, chaste four-petaled flowers. Named for the garden writer, who hosts “primrose parties” where guests are amazed at the suddenness of the blooms’ opening. Fascinating and worthwhile
Heirloom Gardener Magazine Blog - Either loved or loathed, an onion’s pungency is exactly what has made them so popular throughout history. Considered a “poor man’s spice,” the inexpensive onion has been used lavishly by peasants to liven up their dishes. Onions were a key ingredient in the cuisines of many European countries during the Middle Ages, and it was Christopher Columbus who brought onions to the West Indies; their cultivation spread from there throughout the Western Hemisphere.
The Heirloom Gardener Magazine - Established in 2003, Heirloom Gardener is a quarterly publication specializing in articles about non-hybrid, heirloom varieties of seed and living an heirloom lifestyle which encompases historic foodways, farmer’s markets, heritage livestock and homesteading skills. We cover all things natural. This includes, but is not limited to, seed sources, preservation, collecting, history, growing tips, name origins, vegetarian recipes and related travel. $12.00 a year.
ROCKET LARKSPUR (Delphinium ajacis) - The tightly compact blossoms in lovely shades of pink, white and deep blue are arranged on spikes that grow 3 to 4 feet tall. Naturalized throughout the United States, it was originally introduced by European settlers. A very easy to grow variety of flower. CAUTION: The seeds and leaves of this plant are poisonous if consumed. Annual.
AFRICAN DAISY (Dimorphotheca) - An outstanding performer that has been naturalized throughout the southwest. The 2 to 4 inch blooms appear in brilliant shades of orange, salmon, yellow and white, providing plenty of color for your flower garden. Sow in early spring after all danger of frost has passed, in a sunny, well drained location. Germinates in 10-14 days. Height 8-16 inches. Annual.
Are heirloom vegetables more difficult to grow than conventional hybrids? The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables debunks this myth by highlighting the 100 heirloom vegetables that are the easiest to grow and the tastiest to eat. Marie Iannotti makes it simple for beginning gardeners to jump on the heirloom trend by presenting an edited list based on years of gardening trial and error.
Heirloom Gardening in the South is a comprehensive resource that also offers a captivating, personal encounter with two dedicated and passionate gardeners whose love of heritage gardening infuses the work from beginning to end. Anyone who wants to know how to find and grow time-honored and pass-along plants or wants to create and nurture a traditional garden is sure to find this a must-have addition to their home gardening library.
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 comprehensive guide to cultivating heirloom vegetables.
All gardeners and farmers should be plant breeders, says author Carol Deppe. Developing new vegetable varieties doesn't require a specialized education, a lot of land, or even a lot of time. It can be done on any scale. It's enjoyable. It's deeply rewarding. You can get useful new varieties much faster than you might suppose. And you can eat your mistakes.