As founder and curator of the Kenosha Potato Project Curzio Caravati has grown and catalogued more than 300 varieties of potatoes in his collection. Why? Because he is passionate about preserving the genetic diversity of heirloom potatoes and saving varieties from extinction. “Preserving a storehouse of information helps protect against diseases of the future that […]
Monthly archives for February, 2013
Those delicate, miniature greens decorating your chef-prepared restaurant meal may not only look beautiful and taste delicious, they could be an unexpected source of important nutrients. A recent study reported in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that microgreen cotyledons, or seed leaves, have higher nutritional densities when compared to those of mature […]
This year’s Vermont Farm Show in Essex Junction showcased the remarkable range of farm products raised, crafted and sold in the state and, in some cases, nationwide. Here’s a sampling of vendors at the show. Where did that big green egg come from? An emu! Find more photos at the Vermont Farm Show web site. […]
Introduced to America in the 1600s, bottle trees originated in the Middle East where, based on 3,000-year-old Arabian folk tales (remember Aladdin and his lamp genie?), they were thought to capture bad spirits. Whether or not you buy into superstition, they are certainly interesting garden accessories.
Last week, we had a contest on Facebook called Ready, Set, Sow! On our short entry form, we asked, “What seeds will you be sowing this year?” We got lots of feedback, including: Tomatoes and lots of them! Lots of herbs, lots of heirloom tomatoes, green beans, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, garlic, onion, potatoes, etc. Lots […]
What happens when a skilled decorator turns to gardening? Blogger/decorator Kelly Elko of EclecticallyVintage.com took a $7 thrift shop dresser and turned it into a striking centerpiece for her patio. The project was simple. She gave the dresser a fresh coat of paint, lined the drawers with plastic, drilled some drainage holes and filled the […]
Have you heard about the new disease that’s wiping out impatiens across the country? Known as “impatiens downy mildew,” it can wipe out a drift of these summer annuals in short order. We experienced it last year, and learned more about it from Sally Roth in her recent blog post. After sharing the post it […]