Category Archives: Heirloom vegetables

Tomato Recipe Round Up

With tomatoes ripening on the vine everyday, it is the perfect time of year to experiment with fresh tomato recipes. Whether you feel like making a delicious salsa, appetizer, salad…


Book Review and Giveaway: Groundbreaking Food Gardens

Groundbreaking Food Gardens (Storey 2014) by Canada-based blogger and garden writer Niki Jabbour is one of the best books for beginning (and experienced) food gardeners that I have seen in…


Preserving the Harvest: Spicy Sauce with Yellow Tomatoes

While this year’s tomato harvest is slowing a bit, I’m still pulling lots of yellow pear tomatoes out of the garden. You can only eat so many salads, and it’s…

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How to Grow Green Beans

One of the easiest and most rewarding vegetable crops for northern gardeners are green beans. Whether you call them snap, string, shell or dried, green beans grow relatively quickly, require…


6 Tips for New Vegetable Gardeners

Is this the year you plan to start a vegetable garden? We hope so, because there are few outdoor activities that produce so much food, fun and satisfaction, and ask…

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It’s a Good Day to Start Tomatoes

Yes, the thermometer out my window reads 10 degrees F and those winds from our sort-of blizzard of earlier this week are still dying down, but today is a good…

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Why Garden? Why Save Seeds? Thoughts from Diane Ott Whealy

Diane Ott Whealy, founder of Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, is a passionate advocate for gardening and seed saving, and at a talk at the Minneapolis Spring Home and…