Monday, October 11, 2010

Interesting Article about Heirloom Vegetable Varieties and Their Preservation

The newest article in  The New York Times' "In the Garden" series focuses on a business model aimed at preserving rare heirloom vegetable varieties and disseminating them more widely among the gardening public:

In the Garden: A Seed Library for Heirloom Plants Thrives in the Hudson Valley

I thought the emphasis on local, self-selected varieties was particularly interesting...


  1. Very interesting article
    It is nice to have a point in common for preserving nature. Hopefully more projects like this will develop and we will have a nice seed sharing community

  2. That's an interesting article. But I wonder if there isn't more of that going on that no one hears about. Here in Germany I know of many cases where neighbors share seeds and certain varieties are propagated for years in this way. My own tomatoes came from seeds I was given by someone who has been perfecting his tomatoes for years - always taking seeds from the healthiest and tastiest fruits. They are delicious, but I have no idea what their name is.

  3. Barbara, I definitely agree - Some of the best plants in my family's garden in Michigan came to us as divisions or seedlings of plants friends and neighbors were growing and the same was true of our garden in Germany before that...and I think this is true not just for vegetables and garden flowers. There are also quite a few house plants which one almost never sees in stores and which appear to be passed on mainly between friends and relatives. Some species of bromeliads and Epiphyllum cacti, for example, were very common in the households of my extended family when I was little but I almost never find them in shops either in Germany or here and when they are being sold then at prices that just appear ridiculous to me because they were so commonly propagated and given away by my relatives.


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