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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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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Varieties for Container Gardening

Varieties for Container Gardening

Here is an all new list of varieties that work well in small spaces. The varieties we chose this year not only provide delicious edibles, they also look lovely and will brighten up small spaces.

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The Heritage Farm Collection: 'Michels' cowpea

The Heritage Farm Collection: 'Michels' cowpea

In 1941, Vince Michels,’ army unit held maneuvers by walking from Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri to Tennessee.  During this march, Vince noticed they were walking through "a field of something planted with pods."  Vince picked a few pods, and mailed them to his father, Fred Michels, in Earling, Iowa.

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The Heritage Farm Collection: 'Halbert Honey' Watermelon

The Heritage Farm Collection: 'Halbert Honey' Watermelon

This historic variety of watermelon was developed by Mr. H.A. Halbert of Texas and introduced in 1902 by the W. Atlee Burpee seed house. That year, the Burpee catalog described it as “new to the general public” and as a selection by Mr. H. A. Halbert of Texas “who plants for his home trade thirty acres of this original pet of his, each season...”

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The Heritage Farm Collection: 'Missouri Pink Love Apple' tomato

The Heritage Farm Collection: 'Missouri Pink Love Apple' tomato

The Jennings claimed that their ancestor “Grandpa Barnes” grew it during the 1860s but only as an ornamental plant because he thought tomatoes were poisonous (not an uncommon misconception at that time).

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The Heritage Farm Collection: 'Brinker Carrier' bean

The Heritage Farm Collection: 'Brinker Carrier' bean

It is a good snap bean, but received especially strong taste reviews as a shelling and dry bean. Jane Jensen of Utah writes, “yummy shelly bean, had the best flavor, white, creamy smooth, delicious.”

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