The Collier Cucumber: Once Nearly Lost, Now Preserved

 The Collier Cucumber: Once Nearly Lost, Now Preserved

One summer during the 1950s, Graham and Margaret Collier of Nashville, Tennessee planted all the seeds they had of their family’s heirloom slicing cucumber. Little did they know, none of the plants would survive that summer’s drought. But that's not where the story ends.

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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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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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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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SSE 2016 Yearbook Released

SSE 2016 Yearbook Released

Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) has released their 2016 Yearbook, a listing of fruit, vegetable, grain, flower, and herb seeds that SSE members have harvested and would like to share with others.  The 2016 Yearbook has over 16,422 unique varieties of plants listed; many of them are available nowhere else in the United States.

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Over fifty varieties of tubers offered in the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook

Over fifty varieties of tubers offered in the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook

This fall, SSE harvested over 50 varieties of potatoes and will be offering them in the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook and the online Seed Exchange. SSE has been working for over 20 years to be able to distribute tubers that are virus-free.

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