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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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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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: '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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Step up to the Plate: 'Nutmeg' Melon

Step up to the Plate: 'Nutmeg' Melon

Unlike the ubiquitous “cantaloupes” in today’s supermarkets, this melon has a divine aroma and flavor whose complexities are difficult to capture in words – sweet, spicy, nutmeg-like, with a distinctive floral aftertaste. If you are looking for an alternative to today’s standard melon, look no further than ‘Nutmeg.’

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Step up to the Plate: What's a Turnabaga?

Step up to the Plate: What's a Turnabaga?

At Seed Savers Exchange we sometimes lovingly refer to our collection of 103 turnips and 81 rutabagas as “turnabagas.”  Confusion reigns over these crop types; many turnips in our collection are actually rutabagas. Much of the confusion stems from the fact that a common name for rutabaga is Swedish turnip. Botanically, however, the two are different species. Our favorite example of this confusion is the ‘Westport’, or ‘Macomber’, turnip, or as it’s known in the Heritage Farm Collection, Turnip 8. 

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