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TAG : heirlooms

Amazing Heirloom Melons

  The ‘Santa Claus’ melon is sometimes referred to as the ‘Christmas Melon.’ It’s particularly popular in Spain.The taste of melonsat their peak, oozing honey-like sweetness, is incomparable. And no other homegrown “fruit-vegetable” seems to kindle as much love and laughter as a ...

Bountiful Blossom Bagging

 Photo by Seed Savers ExchangeThe seeds of each well-loved heirloom cultivar are an unbelievable gift, because within each seed coat are the genes that make that cultivar unique: the incomparable taste of a tomato well-adapted to your community, the unbelievable color or form of a flower ...

The Great Cherry Tomato Challenge of 2018

This year, at our Victory Gardener grow out patch, we decided to grow a bunch of different types of cherry tomatoes and see which was the best. We chose the cultivars based on experience and reviews. Most people choose their cherry tomatoes for several reasons:It is most often an indeterminate, ...

The Great Colorful Tomato Challenge of 2018

This year we grew out a bunch of colorful tomatoes in our Victory Gardener grow out patch. We decided to grow a bunch of different types of colorful tomatoes and see which one was the best. we chose the cultivars based on experience, rumor, name and look.Colorful tomatoes are a new comer to the ...

Picking Heirloom Tomato Varieties to Rescue

Picking a Winning Tomato to RescuePicking the tomatoes to try to rescue is an involved process. I have worked to save several cultivars and in doing so I am blown away by the variety out there. Tomato alone are said to have over 10,000 varieties and more are crossed, hybridized and evolve all ...

Castor Bean (Ricinus Communis)

I have admired this plant in seed catalogs each winter for several years now and resisted the temptation each time, assuming that our summers are too cool and brief for it. But after seeing it in person at Monticello last summer, I finally made up my mind that I had to have it! And it seems ...

Herbs in the Flower Garden

Last year, I planted some herbs around my new birdbath, and they soon stole my heart with their simple charm and delightful fragrances. Of course, I promised myself that I would grow lots more of them next year, and I have spent much of this winter pondering where to put them! I would really ...

Easy-to-Grow Heirloom Seeds to Try

Growing heirloom seeds has given me a greater respect for growing food and with that, a deeper appreciation of the natural world. Before I started gardening, I had no idea what an heirloom vegetable was or how they would eventually shape my journey to a simpler life. Growing and saving ...

Don’t You Have Any Red Ones?

I first began heirloom gardening in the summer of 2015. Prior to then, I had grown a few succulents and flowers here and there, and helped my green-thumbed mother with her vegetable garden, but I had never planted my own garden start-to-finish, seed to vegetable. In February, while searching ...

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