Books: Gardening With Heirloom Seeds

Gardening With Heirloom Seeds


Author: Lynn Coulter
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (2006)
ISBN: 978-0807856802

Tried-and-True Flowers, Fruits, and Vegetables for a New Generation

From the Back Cover

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 better. Gardening with Heirloom Seeds serves as a resource for gardeners, cooks, and plant lovers of all levels of expertise who want to know more about finding, sharing, and propagating the seeds of heirloom flowers, fruits and vegetables.

In these beautifully illustrated pages, Lynn Coulter describes fifty treasured heirloom species, from Frenchman Darling, a flowering herb whose seeds were pocketed by Napoleon Bonaparte when he invaded Egypt in 1798, to Snow White beets, an old Dutch favorite that will not stain the cook's fingers red. Most of the plants included here will grow all across the United States; a few are best suited for warmer climates.

The text is sprinkled throughout with practical advice from heirloom gardeners and lists sources for finding the seeds of many old varieties. Because it also provides ample room for making notes, Gardening with Heirloom Seeds can be used year after year and can become an heirloom in its own right - a personal journal to pass along to the next generation of gardeners.

Includes an exhaustive listing of sources for heirloom seeds and numerous color and black & white illustrations.

"Gardening with Heirloom Seeds takes our precious heirlooms off the shelf and puts them in the garden where they can delight a new generation with their exceptional flavors, curious personalities, and great good looks...This is an excellent guide and introduction to our vegetable and flower heritage." Deborah Madison, author

"Gardening with Heirloom Seeds is one of the most captivating, inspiring, whimsical, and profound books on gardening I have ever encountered. Lynn Coulter's vast knowledge and research reveal fascinating stories...I cannot wait to read and reread this superbly written text as I smell the blossoms." Frank Stitt III, chef

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I live on a Greek island and there is such an abundance of herbs growing wild! However,I don't really know what they all do and how to best use them. Thanks for this fantastic site which I discovered through NGJ! I would like to give all mamas a healthy alternative to baby lotion.

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