Heirloom Seed Treasures

Purple Peacock Broccoli

March 11, 2007

As promised in the recent entry on browsing heirloom seed catalogs I intend to share some of the interesting plants that I stumble across in my favorite seed catalogs. Here’s the first new and unusual vegetable variety that I plan to grow in the garden this year; Purple Peacock Broccoli.


With nothing but cold and more snow awaiting me outside, I’ve finally gotten around to enjoying one of my favorite indoor gardening activities… browsing through the latest heirloom and gourmet seed catalogs.


Antique Apple Varieties

November 5, 2006

I recently wrote about my experiences at an annual fruit tasting, and posted an article describing the enticing qualities of heirloom apples. Today I wanted to share my impressions on a few specific antique apple varieties that I had an opportunity to sample at the fruit tasting event.


Heirloom Apples

October 27, 2006

Last weekend’s fruit tasting event provided me with an opportunity to sample many rare and unusual heirloom apples that were popular decades ago, but are pretty much nonexistent in today’s marketplace. It’s pretty amazing to come across so many heirloom apples that you’ve never seen or tasted before.


Okra Varieties and Uses

August 17, 2006

The previous entry discussed growing okra in the home garden, today’s post takes a look at a few great okra varieties for the home gardener, along with ideas for preparing and cooking these delicious home grown pods.


Heirloom Fish Peppers

July 6, 2006

I began growing Fish Peppers a couple of years ago and liked them so much that they’ve been included in every garden since that initial planting. The great thing about this unusual vegetable is that the plant is very ornamental and produces huge crops of tasty peppers.


Sunburst Pattypan Squash

April 21, 2006

Sunburst is a perfect name for this golden yellow colored pattypan squash variety. Sunburst squash is a hybrid variety that’s extremely easy to grow and can be sown directly into the garden after the soil has thoroughly warmed in late spring.


Tomato Varieties

April 3, 2006

It’s not too late to start a few tomato plants indoors for transplanting out into the garden after the soil warms and the danger of frost has passed later this spring. I just wanted to share a few of my favorite gourmet and heirloom tomato varieties.


Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage is one of my favorite varieties of green cabbage and the one that I choose most often for early spring plantings. One thing that sets this heirloom cabbage apart from other common varieties is that Early Jersey Wakefield produces heads with a distinctly pointed, conical shape. To top it off this is […]