Welcome to The Heirloom Seeds Blog!

Welcome to our knowledge base, The Heirloom Seeds Blog! Here is where we share lots of information and education on gardening tips, soil building techniques, recipes, seed saving, news, and much more. How to find what you are looking for: Use the Search box at the top right to search for a particular key word […]

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Chile and Garlic Bouquet

Terra Madre from Our View

We were asked to write about our experiences as Slow Food USA delegates to the 2012 Terra Madre conference in Turin, Italy as information and details for the 2014 delegates. Here’s our story! Terra Madre for the First Time The Terra Madre gathering was something Cindy and I had heard of several times during our […]

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Fermented Chile Paste

Fermented chile paste is one of my favorite toppings or condiments: I use it on eggs, sandwiches, in soups, stews and of course stir-frys. Most of the chile pastes found in Asian markets will be fermented to some degree, with those made in America less so. Fermenting your own puts you in the driver’s seat, […]

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Early Blossom End Rot

Blossom End Rot – What To Do

Blossom end rot affects mainly tomatoes and peppers, but can affect other fruiting crops such as eggplant, watermelon and summer squash. This is a perennial problem, meaning that as a gardener, you will deal with this yearly in your garden. There are two approaches to working with blossom end rot – prevention and reaction, or […]

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Wild Galapagos Tomato

We love it when we hear from customers about their gardening/growing projects. One of our tomato varieties, the Wild Galapagos Tomato (Solanum cheesmaniae), is very popular for its production and adaptability to extreme environments. One of our customers has been doing research in Italy on the salt tolerance of the Wild Galapagos tomato as well […]

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Farm Woman Melon Basket

Resiliency and the Ripple Effect

We are very happy to share an editorial that Stephen wrote for the Spring 2014 issue of Small Farmer’s Journal. SFJ, as it’s known, has had a large influence on us for a very long time. It is one of those jewels of a publication, wrapped up in its plain brown paper cover, but holding […]

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Monarch Larvea on Milkweed

Milkweed Seed Germination Procedures

Milkweed Cold Stratification Our friends at Painted Lady Vineyard and The Xerces Society have provided these detailed instructions to cold soak and stratify your milkweed seeds to get better and faster germination! Slow soaking and rinsing milkweed seeds removes a naturally occurring chemical from the seed surface to enable quick germination. In nature, this chemical […]

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Seed Germination

What Happened To My Seed Germination?

Seed Germination – Challenges and Rewards Seed germination issues happen every spring and challenge many new and experienced gardeners and growers. Over the years we have found a lot of commonality in why our customers have problems with seed germination. The four biggest issues are soil temperature, moisture levels, knowledge or experience and patience. We’ve […]

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