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Gardening with Heirloom Seeds: Tried-And-True Flowers, Fruits, and Vegetables for a New Generation

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Heirloom seeds are more than the promise of next summer's crookneck squash or jewel-colored zinnias. They're living antiques handed down from one generation to the next, a rich inheritance of flavor and beauty from long ago and, often, far away. They are sometimes better adapted to pests and harsh conditions than many modern varieties and often simply smell or taste ...more
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by University of North Carolina Press
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Judy
Jan 26, 2010 Judy rated it really liked it
I knew this was my kind of book when on the very first page the author states, "There's a science to seed keeping, but I'm a laid-back kind of gardener who doesn't stress over it."

This is a cozy, curl up in a chair type of gardening book. The kind you read in the middle of winter (like I did today.) and dream about spring and getting your hands in the dirt. I learned about the things I did last year in preparing my soil. It's a positive book though and I never once felt stupid like I do a lot o
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Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
This book was unexpectedly delightful to read. I thought it would just be a dull educational guide, but I'm curious about heirloom plants so I picked it up anyway.

It's actually quite interesting, not just telling about growing the plants but telling about the origins and history of certain plant varieties. To me that's fascinating, the people who grew these plants and the stories they carry with them. This book captured that growing certain plants isn't just about taste, sometimes it's about a
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David Ward
Jan 12, 2016 David Ward rated it liked it
Gardening With Heirloom Seeds: Tried and True Flowers, Fruits, and Vegetables for a New Generation by Lynn Coulter (University of North Carolina Press 2006) (635) is a fun and informative read. It highlights cottage annuals and old fashioned vegetable varieties that have grown out of fashion. My rating: 6.5/10, finished 4/13/12.
Monica Willyard
Jan 03, 2016 Monica Willyard rated it really liked it
This is an excellent resource for any gardener who is interested in growing from heirloom seeds, saving seats, and preserving the heritage of our plants. This book covers growing flowers, vegetables, and herbs.
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Jan 17, 2016 Megan Phelps rated it really liked it
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A good book to browse through for ideas on specific varieties to grow. Helpful suggestions for planting, harvesting, and eating, specific to individual heirloom varieties.
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Recommends it for: hobby gardeners
A useful, well-organized overview, clearly written.
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