Novel Uses for Common Garden Crops

Novel Uses for Common Garden Crops

Once in awhile we come across varieties that are so novel and extraordinary that even we are taken by surprise. Here are some of our favorite “outside of the box” varieties that we’ve encountered in the last few years.

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Exploring Tomato Flower Structure

Exploring Tomato Flower Structure

One common belief among gardeners is that tomato varieties with potato-type leaves are much more likely to cross pollinate than regular leaf tomatoes. What is the basis of this wisdom? Is there any truth in it?

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April is Membership Month at Seed Savers Exchange

April is Membership Month at Seed Savers Exchange

April is Membership Month at Seed Savers exchange. By becoming a member you can contribute to our nonprofit mission to conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.

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Plant Sale at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm, Decorah, IA

Plant Sale at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm, Decorah, IA

Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) will be hosting a Heritage Plant Sale on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 from 9am-5pm.

Discover rare family heirlooms and historic commercial varieties offered exclusively at Heritage Farm. This is the first day of spring transplant sales at the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center, located at 3074 North Winn Road, Decorah, IA.

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A man and his beans: Burt Berrier

A man and his beans: Burt Berrier

Burt Berrier, of Canon City, CO, collected beans because he enjoyed their stories, their diversity, and because it allowed him to meet people from all over the world.

“One thing about collecting beans, each has a life in it, it’s not dead as collecting clocks, dolls, guns etc…. There is no end to the subject of beans. I was told as a boy I didn’t know beans and I find that now at nearly 85 it’s still the same.”

                                                                          -Burt Berrier (circa 1978)

 

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Choosing Squash for Your Garden: Flavor Evaluations from Harvest through Storage

Choosing Squash for Your Garden: Flavor Evaluations from Harvest through Storage

As you begin to plan your gardens for this year, consider the storage qualities of squash. The optimal storage period for squash varieties can be significantly different. Not only do some keep longer, but the flavor of many varieties improves with storage. The evaluation team at Seed Savers Exchange evaluates squash for this very purpose.

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