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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
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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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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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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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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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Recommended Garden Accessories
Lehman’s Outdoor Cypress Wooden Potting Table provides a stylish, multitiered workspace for storing gardening supplies, as well as for potting, transplanting, and dividing plants. This smooth, spacious, waisthigh table is built in Ohio by Amish craft
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Landscapes Of RESISTANCE
IF YOU WALK THROUGH the African Diaspora Garden of Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden in southwest Philadelphia, you’ll pass towering black-eyed peas, climbing gourds, flowering sesame, ‘Speckled Brown’ butter beans, turnip greens, and more.
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Botanical Bulletin
The United States is facing a huge increase in the job market, and it’s coming from an unexpected source: hemp. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is no longer a controlled substance, which means hemp-based products will be on the rise, including
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Gardeners love the CobraHead Weeder & Cultivator! This tool does it all: weed, cultivate, scalp, edge, dig, furrow, plant, and harvest with ease. It features a comfortable and efficient handle and a sharp blade that cuts through tough soils. The Wisc
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Q&A With the Pros:
David Bainbridge is a former professor of sustainable management at Alliant International University, and has used innovative irrigation systems for over 30 years. He’s the author of Gardening with Less Water (available at www.HeirloomGardener.com/St
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Readers Share Tales Of Treasured Family Plants.
Send Us Your Stories We’re looking for readers’ stories about special plants passed down and shared for generations. We pay $25 for each story we publish and $25 for each photo we use. Please send your story and high-resolution photos, if available,
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New Heirloom Offerings for Your Garden
Also known as “rapini,” and unrelated to broccoli, broccoli raab is actually a flower shoot. Since it benefits from a touch of frost, broccoli raab thrives when sown in fall, three weeks before the first expected frost, when it’ll be especially produ
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Heart of Gold
I’VE BEEN FASCINATED by goldenrods since I wrote about them several years ago. At the time, I was working on two weekly blog posts and sought my material while taking my daily walk. During fall here in Ohio, nothing is more remarked upon in the lands
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Staying in Season
THE FIRST THING I DO when the weather starts to change is write out a list of foods about to come into season. Cooking with the seasons gets me excited about the coming months and the important produce they’ll bring, because seasonal ingredients alwa
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