Tag: Heirlooms

No Seed Swap at Chicago Flower & Garden Show '13

Last year the Chicago Flower & Garden Show asked me to host a seed swap during the run of the show after they heard that I’d been holding a “secret” seed swap every year at the show when the local garden blogger met up. You can read the back story here. The swap was fun... Read more »

Can You Trust Burpee Seeds?

Can You Trust Burpee Seeds?
George Ball Jr. Photo courtesy of Burpee Seed Company Soon after the holiday season officially ended I started to receive a lot of questions about seed buying, seed catalogs and seed sources. The questions came through email, on Facebook and through Twitter. The number of questions wasn’t what was surprising, what struck me was the number of... Read more »

Shopping for Identity in Seed Catalogs

Shopping for Identity in Seed Catalogs
At last year’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show I watched as a customer at the D. Landreth Seed Company booth say “You’re women owned, that’s great!” before giving Barbara Melera, owner of the D. Landreth Seed Company, the thumbs up and walking away with her seed purchase. The exchange surprised me, but it really shouldn’t... Read more »

Hybrid Garden Seeds are not the Enemy

In the conversation about the dangers of genetically modified seeds and the benefits of heirloom seeds happening across the internet it seems like hybrids are be getting a bad reputation. The word “hybrid” sounds scary and conjures up images from the nightmares you have after viewing a science fiction movie. The truth is that hybrid... Read more »

Heirloom Vegetables

Want to grow some heirloom vegetables and protect them being lost forever? Growing just a few in your own backyard can make a big difference. Here are some suggestions from two gardeners I follow on Twitter. ASPARAGUS: Mary Washington, Jersey. LETTUCE:  Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce, Grandpa Admirer’s, Speckled, Black Seeded Simpson.  PEPPERS: Datil, Fish, Giant... Read more »