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.

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 . . .
If you like food that is spiced so hot your eyes water, ears sweat and tongue is on fire, the Scorpion pepper is for you. . . .
If you have ever been stung by a stinging nettle, you are not likely to forget the experience. Stinging nettle has fine, hair-like, hollow spines . . .
The balsam plant (Impatiens balsamina), also known as touch-me-not, garden balsam, and jumping Betty, is an annual flower related to impatiens. Like impatiens, they grow . . .
“Though the chamomile, the more it is trodden on, the faster it grows, so youth, the more it is wasted, the sooner it wears.” William . . .
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is one of my favorite herbs. For most of us, our usefulness for basil doesn’t extend much beyond the kitchen, so you . . .
From the humble bell to the outrageously hot ghost, peppers come in an exciting and wide range of colors, shapes, and, of course, heat. If . . .
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 . . .
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