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.

    Did you know that lettuce (Latuca sativa) has been cultivated since 500 BC? That’s right. This veggie appeared at royal tables of Persian kings about 550 . . .
    Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) is a fascinating plant with flowers that fill the air with sweet perfume, and plenty of “oohs and aahs” too. The . . .
    Often we are gardening towards a purpose, maybe for cheaper or organically grown food. Perhaps we garden to shade our homes or to shield ourselves . . .
Once the season is coming to a close, you can spend your winter dreaming up next season’s garden possibilities and drooling over seed catalogues. Heirloom . . .
While you may be well versed in growing, or eating, watermelons, there’s a few heirlooms out there that you may not have ever heard of. . . .
If you love salsa verde, traditional red salsas milder counterpart, maybe it’s time you tried growing a green tomatillo plant. Toma Verde heirloom tomatillos are . . .
Small in stature and a great addition to pots, Red Leprechaun lettuce is a red colored romaine and an old-time favorite. While this heirloom plant, . . .
One of the fun things about growing food in your home landscape is the sheer variety of items you can try. Hanging onto the old . . .
If you grow your own heirloom tomatoes or have a good farmers market near you, then you know that there is a virtual plethora of . . .
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Peppers that is. No, these lovely bells aren’t made of chocolate, though that would be nice, but carry the rich deep . . .
There are no two ways about it; the Strawberry spinach plant (Chenopodium capitatum) is one cool plant! For one thing, the entire plant is edible, . . .
Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate plant (Polygonum orientale), has been an American favorite since the first seeds were planted in Colonial Williamsburg by John Curtis in 1737 – though . . .
The Pacific Northwest had an unusually warm summer this year, with routine temps in the 80’s and into the low 90’s. Because of this, I . . .
You probably haven’t seen, let alone heard of, such a cute little ghostly fruit as the Casper eggplant heirloom variety. But I’m, hopefully, gonna change . . .
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