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quick snow peas with lemon herb dressing

PEAS: Sugar, Snap and Snow

Sugar, Snap or Snow Peas There is nothing quite as graceful as trellised pea plants in full swing. And nothing quite as tasty as a crunchy sugar snap pea eaten straight off the vine. And nothing that so captures the essence of spring as peas—all kinds of peas. Peas love cool, wet weather, and so [...]

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Raw and Cleaned Carrot Seed

The Carrot’s Odyssey

Ellen once again shows her agricultural research on the travels and history of carrots. We love these types of articles, packed with information and education, as they really show just how rich our culinary world is today, gives hints and history of where they originated or traveled on their journey to where we find these [...]

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Bloomsdale Spinach

History of Spinach

After Ellen’s article about “Alternative Spinach Greens” she now tells us more about the original spinach. Grown in the cooler season in a rich soil, spinach is delicious – juicy with a nice crunch to it; a mildly sweet flavor and no bitterness. Sort of like a bolder leaf lettuce. There is little written about [...]

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Alternative Spinach Greens

Spinach is either loved or hated, there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. This is probably the result of either being subjected to slimy canned spinach as a child, or having escaped those trials at the dining table. The good news is that love of spinach can be learned, especially when that spinach is [...]

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Mini Bottle Gourd

Gourds Today

Gourds are well known today for their use in beautiful artwork and crafting. Historically gourds have been a part of many societies since ancient times. Used as bowls, vessels, bottles, spoons, musical instruments and tools; gourds have a unique place in our history. Gourds are mainly grown today to support the arts and craft market [...]

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Rhubarb’s Story

 Ellen shares her research and experiences with rhubarb, that unusual but loved garden vegetable. A deep red stalk is more popular among consumers, but often has poor growth and yield. Green varieties are often much more productive. People often assume red stemmed rhubarb is sweeter than other colors but color and sweetness are not necessarily [...]

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Seed Orientation During Planting Improves Germination

Seed orientation during planting isn’t something that most gardeners pay attention to, but perhaps they should as it could improve the germination rates and vigor of their garden. After all, we gardeners spend a lot of time planning, preparing, planting and tending our gardens, so why not take a tiny extra step that might give [...]

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Cleaned White Sonora Wheat

White Sonora Wheat – Perfect Grain for the Home Gardener

White Sonora Wheat is enjoying a resurgence of popularity today all across the country, thanks to restoration efforts in Arizona and South Carolina. Introduced in the early 1700s by Jesuit Father Eusebio Francisco Kino to the Sonoran region of Mexico and Southern Arizona, White Sonora Wheat was the staple wheat for the western United States [...]

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Dill Seeds Closeup

Harvesting Dill

Homegrown dill is delicious, easy to grow and easy to harvest. We’ll show you how! One thing to remember – you want to harvest almost mature dill seeds, not the green ones or the completely dry ones. The green ones won’t have the flavor you are looking for and the dry ones will have already [...]

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Elephant Garlic

Where Does That Plant Come From? Botany 101

As a seed company we get a lot of plant related questions over the course of the year. Many of these questions are from customers looking for varieties that do not normally grow from seed. To help you understand more about the different type of plants and how they reproduce, we want to give you [...]

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