If you’ve read Seasonal Wisdom before, you know that I love heirloom vegetables. From purple beans and spotted lettuces to long red radishes that look more like carrots … I’m hooked on the old, open-pollinated vegetables of the past. Especially if they have a charming history behind them as well.
|‘Chinese Red Noodle’ beans are an unique Asian heirloom
that produce all summer.
What is genetic diversity in vegetables, and why should you care?
The sex life of vegetable plants, and why you don’t want cross-pollination.
Ten questions to ask yourself before choosing your heirlooms.
Some creative ways to share your wealth (of heirlooms seeds), and learn about new types.
|This beautiful ‘Cylindra’ beet is a Danish heirloom
that’s tender and sweet.
Chris plays fair when explaining the pros and cons of growing hybrid vegetables versus heirlooms — recognizing that both can bring benefits to our gardens. Sometimes you may want a hybrid tomato plant with extra disease resistance. But at least this book will introduce you to some gorgeous and delicious old heirlooms too.
My favorite part of the book are the descriptions of the individual varieties. Chris describes hundreds of different heirlooms, and even reveals a few histories behind certain ones like ‘Mostoller Wild Goose’ beans. Personally, I would have liked to have found even more of these fascinating stories in the book.