Heirloom Plants: A Comp. Compendium of Heritage Vegetables
It’s nearly impossible for gardeners to resist the allure of heirloom plants. Their names alone sound inviting—Flanders Purple kale, Golden Marconi sweet peppers, Moon & Stars watermelons, Turk’s Turban squash, Scarlet Emperor running beans, and Jefferson plums—and many growers claim that their taste is unsurpassed. Beyond the classic appeal, however, lies the far more important issue of biodiversity. Unless these unique seeds are grown and saved, they will not only be forgotten, but lost forever.
Based on the extensive seed catalogs of Thomas Etty, the popular heirloom seedsman,Heirloom Plants includes information on almost 500 exciting cultivars to be grown and harvested, along with detailed profiles and cultivation tips for each plant. Responsible gardening, certainly, but with more than a hint of romance. In addition to edibles, the book also has chapters on antique herbs and flowers, from Cup and Saucer vines and Sweet William carnations to hollyhocks and Empress of India nasturtiums. Trowel and book in hand, let your motto be, “Growing the past, saving the future.” Do not allow Forget-Me-Nots to be forgotten!