Browsing the "heirloom seeds" Tag

A Green Gem of a Tomato: the Malakhitovaya Shkatulka

August 27th, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

Like legions of gardeners across the country I'm always on the lookout for a tasty tomato to grow. The open-pollinated Malakhitovaya Shkatulka is my favorite from this summer's harvest - indeed, it's a real gem, true to its name


Edible Garden Photo Essay

April 23rd, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

I can't think of a better way to honor our planet than to take time to appreciate its natural beauty, and that may be as nearby as our own gardens.


The Beauty of Heirloom Seeds

March 10th, 2012 | by Chris Keenan

Heirloom seeds offer small links to our past that can feed us today. Their proven track record can help us grow safer, better tasting, chemical-free fruits and vegetables while we’re trying to be self-sufficient and a friend to Mother Nature


Take the Next Step: How to Grow From Seeds

March 5th, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

There are lots of reasons for learning how to grow seeds, but my top reason is that I enjoy it: seeds are beautiful and mysterious and I love the process of nurturing them through their stages of growth. It’s magical to propagate your favorite seeds successfully for generations! Just give it a try


Heirloom Bean Project Wrap-Up

November 14th, 2011 | by Patricia Larenas

Now that fall is here the results of my summer heirloom bean project are in: a total yield of almost four pounds of beautiful dry beans of several types. In all I grew seven runner beans and five varieties of "common" beans in my suburban garden. Why the excitement? I think it's fantastic to be able to grow a healthy, delicious, protein source in my own back and front yards. Besides that, I love the versatility of bean dishes, and the varieties are endless if you search beyond the grocery store. You can grow your own and enjoy cooking them all winter



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