Throw Back Thursdays

Get a blast from the past in our version of #tbt. Take a journey in time with interesting factoids and history of our hand-picked heirloom plants and vegetables. Who knows, we may even throw in an old tool or two as well.

Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) is an unusual but lovely addition to any garden. It produces brilliant red, yellow or orange flowers atop stems (up to 3 . . .
Nothing speaks classic more than nasturtium plants. These long-time favorites are far more than attractive garden specimens – they have a rich history behind them . . .
Celtuce is a very unique looking and interesting tasting Chinese vegetable that is slowly gaining popularity in the West. This is due, probably, to how . . .
Prior to 1900, folks thought that most corn was only suited for animal feed. In 1902, ‘Golden Bantam’ corn changed all that. What is Golden . . .
Bok choy is a cruciferous vegetable belonging to the mustard family along with cabbage, kale, cauliflower, mustard, turnips and broccoli. The plant may be relatively . . .
Native to Mexico, the Tatume squash is a little known heirloom vegetable that deserves a lot more attention. It’s a staple in Mexican cooking, and . . .
As days become shorter and trees put on their autumn displays of color, our gardens can look sad and wilted. Bright summer bloomers die back . . .
Did you ever wonder what bears have for lunch in the boreal forests of the Arctic and Subarctic? Bearberry is often on the menu in . . .
The Cannibal Tomato eggplant, is it an eggplant or a tomato? Exactly what is a Cannibal’s tomato? Cannibal tomato is not a tomato at all . . .
Even if you enjoy eating them, turnips in the garden are not viewed by most gardeners as romantic or even interesting vegetables. Yet, turnip plant . . .
In early spring, when I am feeling particularly depressed about what seems to be a neverending Wisconsin winter, I like to frequently check on my . . .
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