Ancient practice is good for the earth, your garden, your belly
For many of us, the gardening season starts in January with a seed order. We stack up catalogs and sit for hours, reading descriptions of juicy tomatoes, sweet carrots and crispy lettuce. Plant listings are often short stories that spin tales of taste. After all, when you’re growing your own vegetables, flavor is important.
When you grow heirloom vegetables—those that have been passed along from one generation to the next—you’re also participating in the story of the seed. Take, for example, Lina Sisco’s Bird Egg bean, which is offered by Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.
Lina Sisco was one of the original members of Seed Savers Exchange, and her grandmother brought the bean to Missouri in a covered wagon, sometime in the 1880s. Just imagine the trip that bean took (never mind what Lina’s grandmother must have … Read the rest