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.

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 . . .
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 . . .
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