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.

For centuries, dahlias have been a beloved garden plant throughout Europe and North America. With over 50,000 different dahlia varieties that bloom from spring to . . .
Although no one is sure, the history of rice plants may have started as long as 5,000 years ago. One thing is indisputable. Rice is . . .
Coleus is a delightful plant to use in gardens and pots for diverse foliage. The leaves and varieties of coleus are so decorative and beautiful . . .
Step aside Mortgage Lifter and Brandywine. There’s a new, ahem, old tomato on the block – Cherokee Purple tomatoes. What are Cherokee Purple tomatoes? Yes, . . .
Looking for something a tad different in the garden? Why not give the Italian topepo pepper a try. What is a topepo pepper? Topepo rosso . . .
Everyone is all abuzz about heirloom plants. Victoria rhubarb is one of the best tasting varieties with a long history of use. You might recognize . . .
Every year, prior to the onset of summer, I review our first aid kit with a checklist in hand to make sure it is well-stocked. . . .
Blackberries have been utilized in Europe for over 2,000 years for culinary and medicinal purposes as well as protective hedgerows. It’s no wonder that blackberry . . .
Asian food lovers know the distinctive scent and flavor of lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus). The plant adds lemony zing to a host of popular dishes. Lemongrass . . .
Believe it or not, fava bean history is long and fascinating. This large bean is beloved by chefs and foodies, but did you know that . . .
One of the more charming squashes is the patty pan. Gelber Englischer custard squash is actually even cuter, with a similar form but topped with . . .
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