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TAG : history

Weed it and Reap

 Photo by Getty Images/Goja1A weed’s ability to quickly colonize bare ground didn’t develop by accident. Most weeds evolved their “live fast, reproduce a lot” behavior over many hundreds of thousands of years. Before humans began working the earth, avalanches, fires, and animal ...

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 ...

Growing Naturally Green Cotton

Courtesy of Southern Exposure Seed ExchangeAs a weaver, I have plenty of reasons to attempt growing cotton in my small, urban backyard garden. So I teamed up with Caitlin Wilson, a fiber-spinning friend of mine, and hatched a plot to grow naturally colored green cotton. Because we’re fiber ...

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 ...

Mother Earth Gardener

Expert advice on all aspects of growing.