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Favorite Seed Catalogs for Winter Reading

Heirloom Gardener’s Editor-in-Chief, Oscar H. Will (Hank), reflects on seed catalogs that he enjoyed reading as a child during long, North Dakota winters.

What is an Heirloom Seed?

The staff at Seed Savers Exchange discusses the origin of the word “heirloom” and how they differentiate heirloom seeds from others on the market.

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ROSEMARY GLADSTAR'S MEDICINAL HERBS: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE

With Rosemary Gladstar's expert advice, anyone can make their own herbal remedies for common ailments, such as aloe lotion for poison ivy, dandelion-burdock tincture for sluggish digestion, and lavender-lemon balm tea for stress relief. Gladstar profiles 33 of the most common and versatile healing plants and then shows you exactly how to grow, harvest, prepare, and use them. Stock your home medicine chest with safe, all-natural, low-cost herbal preparations, and enjoy better health!

$14.95

HEIRLOOM VEGETABLE GARDENING E-BOOK ON DVD

First published in 1997, Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Seed Saving and Cultural History has been out of print, and Mother Earth News is proud to present the original text, together with 100 color photos in this e-book edition.

This remarkable e-book is the bible for gardeners who choose to explore the fabulous flavors, fascinating history and astonishing diversity of vegetables. Food historian William Woys Weaver profiles 280 heirloom varieties, providing recipes, growing advice and authoritative history. The fruit of his labor is a terrific reference for the kitchen gardener, the cook, the historian, and anyone who might wonder what our ancestors were up to when they sat down to eat. Weaver also raises the questions of where our food is headed and what we, as individuals, can do.

Weaver traces the development of the seed-saving movement and gives a list of commercial seed and plant stock sources. Heirloom Vegetable Gardening covers everything from artichokes and cardoons to potatoes and tomatoes. Read about the Golden Ball carrot, which was developed for cold frames in the 19th century. Learn the rich history of lettuces still around today such as the Brown Dutch or White-Seeded Simpson. Discover how to plant, grow and harvest crosnes (or Vegetable White Bait as it was once called).

Want to grow the famous Moon and Stars watermelon? Want to make a Parsnip Pie? Want to learn how to preserve the treasure that is heirloom seeds? This is the e-book that will tell you how!

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To enable users to view this e-book on as many devices possible, including on the PC, we provide it in the MOBI format (for most Kindle devices) and the EPUB format (for all other mobile devices and your PC). There are literally dozens of options for viewing. We have included detailed instructions on the disk for viewing this e-book on a PC, a reading device, a smart phone or a tablet. There are also options for accessing the e-book with or without an online connection.

At a minimum, readers who only plan to view this e-book on their PC without an online connection will need an e-book management application. We offer a couple of recommendations. Click on these links for more information and to view system requirements: Adobe Digital Editions and Calibre. Both of these are free but require an internet connection to download the application. Once installed, you no longer need an internet connection to read Heirloom Vegetable Gardening.

$19.99

THE HEIRLOOM LIFE GARDENER

Tired of genetically modified food? Every day, Americans are moving more toward eating natural, locally grown food that is free of pesticides and preservatives ... and there is no better way to ensure this than to grow it yourself. Anyone can start a garden, whether in a backyard or on a city rooftop; but what they need to truly succeed is The Heirloom Life Gardener, a comprehensive guide to cultivating heirloom vegetables.

In this invaluable resource, Jere and Emilee Gettle, co-founders of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, offer a wealth of knowledge to every kind of gardener ... experienced pros and novices alike. In his friendly voice, complemented by gorgeous photographs, Jere gives planting, growing, harvesting and seed saving tips. In addition, an extensive A to Z Growing Guide includes amazing heirloom varieties that many people have never even seen. From seed collecting to the history of seed varieties and name origins, Jere takes you far beyond the heirloom tomato. This is the first book of its kind that is not only a guide to growing beautiful and delicious vegetables, but also a way to join the movement of people who long for real food and a truer way of living.

$29.99