Plant Profiles

Heirloom plant profiles. Categories include edible, fiber, medicinal and ornamental.

Ancient and Heirloom Beans

By Nan Fischer

Similarly pleasing to see and to taste, heirloom beans have a long and colorful past.

Family Heirlooms

Letters from our readers

Readers share stories of treasured heirloom plants.

Echinacea Throat Spray

By Dawn Combs

Mix up some of this Echinacea spray for sore throat troubles.

Health Benefits of Echinacea and Sage

By Dawn Combs

Explore the benefits of sage and Echinacea for sore throat, respiratory ailments, and more. Try the sage herbal tea infusion or Echinacea throat spray recipe below.


How I Saved the Ivan Tomato - It's all in the Story

By Laura Flacks-Narrol

When starting an agricultural business no one expects to hear that it all fell into place. No one expects to unearth the story of a veteran struggling with PTSD finding life renewed in a nursery. No one expects to find the team and connects exactly when you need them. Yet in the Ivan Tomato Rescue Project we did. Read on to discover the saga of how we did it.

Grow Edible Mushrooms in Your Garden

By Barbara Berst Adams

Turn Sawdust and Corncobs into Backyard Food Crops. Culinary mushrooms can be an enjoyable complement to growing one’s own herbs, vegetables, and fruits.

Deadly Dinner: Potentially Poisonous Crops

By Amy Stewart

To help avoid having a deadly dinner, here is a list of a few food crops that can become poisonous under the right circumstances.

Oh, Fiddleheads: Edible Spring Fern Fronds

By Randel A. Agrella

Named for the ornamental scroll at the end of a violin’s neck, fiddleheads are the beginning of a fern frond of certain fern species and is often considered a springtime delicacy.

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