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Backyard Buffet
THE BEST WAY TO PROVIDE food for wildlife is to preserve and restore the local native plant communities that have supported them for thousands of years. However, you can use feeders to supplement the natural food typically provided through native pla
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Spuds, Not Duds
THREE YEARS AGO, I remember staring in bewilderment at the bright-green stem sprouting from my garlic bulb. The closest thing to gardening I had done up to that point was climbing barefoot into my family’s weedy raised bed scavenging tomatoes for my
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Trials and Triumphs
THIS ISSUE MARKS my one-year anniversary with Heirloom Gardener. At this time last year, I mused about the process of gardening and how it’s akin to painting, and I admitted that during winter, I turn my creativity toward garden planning. This time a
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[NATURAL DYES] MADDER & WELD
NATURAL DYES come in a rainbow of colors — as long as you know where to look. Plants, lichens, shells, and even insects contain all the compounds you need to make any color from soft yellow, to electric pink, to forest green. Many natural dyes also r
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Feedback from Our Readers
More than 60 years ago, Tarleton State University exercised eminent domain and bought all the houses on our street in Stephenville, Texas. The college paid a fair market price to everyone, but my family had to move. Luckily, a local man was building
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Captivating CARDOONS
WHEN IT COMES TO PLANTS that make a statement, few compare with cardoon. A stately ornamental edible topped with an otherworldly looking thistle, cardoon (Cynara cardunculus) is a beauty to behold. It’s a close cousin to the artichoke (C. scolymus),
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Inspired Garden Accessories
Wrap up your harvest with the Bee’s Wrap Variety Pack, a flexible assortment of reusable food wraps made with organic cotton fabric, and covered in a thin coating of beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. There are four different wrap sizes in
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Heirloom GARDENER
Get everything you need to start making your own soil blocks! This kit includes: the Mini 4 Soil Blocker, the Micro 20 Soil Blocker, and Cubic Inserts for the Mini 4 Soil Blocker. These eco-friendly tools will help you achieve a high rate of germinat
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Botanical Bulletin
Chemical fungicides used in commercial farming continue to be a source of pollution and stress on the environment. However, one of the international leaders in sustainable bioprotection, Marrone Bio Innovations, has announced promising news for crop
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New Heirloom Offerings for Your Garden
An early spring vegetable, cauliflower has risen in popularity as a low-carb substitute in a variety of dishes. If you want to grow your own, you’ll be happy to know that this Italian heirloom is one of your best bets: It’s both rich in minerals and
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The Popular Crowd
TWINKLING, FLUTTERING, MARCHING, quaking, trembling — these are all words typically used to capture the unique way that poplars, aspens, and cottonwoods stand out in the landscape. All three of these trees are members of the Populus, or poplar, genus
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Stuffed Cabbage: A Russian Heirloom Dish
WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND at the culinary landscape of the United States, there’s an indisputable fact: While immigrant women may have jumped into our melting pot, they held their own spoons. As immigrant Tina Yao said so eloquently, “People refer to the
HEIRLOOM GARDENER5 min lettiNature
Winter’s For The Birds
THE GARDEN SLEEPS in winter, and during its months of gentle slumber, there’s a stillness. The garden waits for the seasons to shift so it can awaken again. A lack of birds is a contributing factor to this solemn stillness. From the moment the first
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GROWING NATURALLY Green Cotton
AS A WEAVER, I have plenty of reasons to attempt growing cotton in my small, urban backyard garden. So I teamed up with Caitlin Wilson, a fiber-spinning friend of mine, and hatched a plot to grow naturally colored green cotton. Because we’re fiber fa
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A Taste of Home
WHEN I PRESENTED chef Osama Herkal with a bucket of freshly harvested molokhia greens from my farm, he tenderly hugged the stalks and buried his head in the vibrant emerald leaves. It’d been eight years since he’d last touched the plant. Osama and hi
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Homegrown, Handspun Cotton
I STARTED GROWING COTTON six years ago. I’d just begun spinning wool and was looking for fibers that I could grow and harvest myself. I was especially interested in a fiber that wouldn’t require purchasing several expensive tools at the outset, befor
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THE HONEY-BERRY A Subzero Hero
LIVING IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA has afforded our family an idyllic Mother Earth News lifestyle for over 40 years — with one exception. Our long, harsh, ultracold winters have made growing fruit downright difficult. Although berry pickers from around the
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Cool-Climate Orchids
AS THE TERM IMPLIES, cool-growing orchids originate in temperate climates and at high elevations, where they’re frequently cooled by cloud cover, but they also do well in warmer conditions. One such group of orchids is that of the genus Disa, which g
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Kiwis in the Garden
WHO DOESN’T LOVE the thought of growing fresh, healthy, pesticide-free fruit? And while we’re on the subject, why not consider growing something you don’t find in most backyard settings, something that’ll really wow your visitors? Why not consider ki
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Let Your BEES Do the Gardening
IF YOU’VE NEVER EQUATED those big, juicy, homegrown tomatoes — or lack thereof — with bees, it’s time to grab some wood (literally). From alkali bees to shaggy fuzzy-foot bees, you’ll harvest bigger fruits and vegetables, as well as higher yields, if
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Every Shade of SAGE
SAGE’S DISTINCTIVE, SAVORY SCENT makes it one of the most versatile and useful herbs around. Though best known as a seasoning for meat and vegetables, sage’s roots are steeped in history. Common sage (Salvia officinalis) originated in the Mediterrane
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Anise Hyssop: Herb of the Year
IS ANYTHING BETTER than stepping into the garden in summer? Plants shine at the peak of their mature beauty, flower beds overflow with bushy perennials, and vegetable plants burst with seasonal bounty. The late summer garden is a magical place that f
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Preserving Genetic Diversity
WHEN WE THINK OF SAVING heirloom seeds, we tend to do what humans often do: We think of our own needs and desires first. We save heirloom cultivars because of their taste, form, and connection to our family or culture. And I’m not one to stand betwee
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Low-Effort Propagation
LAYERING IS A PASSIVE FORM of propagation. Certain species will layer on their own. And while there are many different layering techniques, they all follow the same fundamental concept: A stem is encouraged to form its own roots while it’s still atta
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HeirloomGardener.com
“HOW TO ATTRACT FIREFLIES” Fireflies are the stuff of magic and faerie, at least in the minds of children (and more than a few grown-ups). They rule the midsummer night, dipping and dancing across backyards, parks, and meadows, keeping their lights o
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Peliti Seed Festival Preserving a Future for Heirlooms
IT WAS A FRIGID, foggy April morning in the Rhodope Mountains of Greece. Thousands of eager seed savers and gardeners stood awaiting the opening of what’s believed to be the world’s largest seed swap: the Peliti Seed Festival. This seed exchange is a
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The Fifth Season
THROUGH THESE DOG DAYS of summer, which can’t end soon enough, I find myself downcast even when gardening. I begin to miss the weeds, the lack of which seems a harbinger of winter, visible now in the hot, dry remains of this summer’s bounty. This tim
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FALL For Radishes
JUICY, SPICY RADISHES are a quintessential spring crop, and a perfect addition to crisp, fresh salads of choice baby greens straight from soil. Most radishes don’t tolerate heat and require soil temperatures cooler than 75 degrees Fahrenheit for good
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Feedback from Our Readers
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS! Email us at Letters@HeirloomGardener.com, tag us on Facebook or on Instagram @HeirloomGardenerMag, or write to us at 1503 SW 42nd Street; Topeka, Kansas 66609. The Spring 2019 issue of Heirloom Gardener was the best money I’ve ev
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Einkorn Grain
Recipes courtesy of Jovial Foods, Inc. CARLA BARTOLUCCI dove into the organic food industry in 1996, when the movement was starting to catch on in mainstream America. In those days, her company, Jovial Foods, focused on offering gluten-free and healt
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