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

Lynn Coulter

Gardening with Heirloom Seeds: Tried-and-True Flowers, Fruits, and Vegetables for a New Generation
The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 2006

When I visited my mom this summer in Pennsylvania she handed me two paper envelopes. "One is dill and the other's fennel, but I don't remember which is which. You'll know when they come up." There's a science to seed keeping, but most gardeners don't really fuss about it. They're happy to shake seeds into sandwich bags and delighted when they find them stored in the fridge crisper in time to plant. Lynn Coulter is one such self-described laid-back kind of gardener, but her Gardening with Heirloom Seeds is much more than a casual look into the world of heirlooms. Each of the four seasonal chapters has practical growing tips and suggested varieties for fifty different flowers and vegetables. Full-color illustrations accompany the text, which is filled with ideas for getting the most out of your heirlooms, such as when to harvest eggplant and how to save hot pepper seeds.