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Red Russian Kale growing from seed in oval beds

Growing Winter Kale

Posted: November 8, 2016

…and kale can take your garden right through the next spring and perhaps summer as well. This super-hardy, easy-to-grow leafy vegetable can tolerate a range of temperatures but it really loves cool weather. To my surprise and delight, after I planted a packet of dinosaur kale seeds (Lacinato), sometimes called black kale, in the late … Continue reading

Cherokee Tomato Seed Saving preparation

Seed Cleaning Techniques for Seed Saving

Posted: November 7, 2016

In order to successfully store the seeds you harvest, they must be cleaned thoroughly first. There are two categories of seed cleaning techniques based on whether the mature seeds are borne in wet structures or basically dry on the plant. Wet processing is a 3-step process used to clean seeds that are enclosed in the … Continue reading

Sustainable School Food supported by Sow True Seed

The Season of (seed) Giving is upon us!

Posted: October 19, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE Release Oct 20th 2016 Media Contact Chris Smith 828-254-0708 The Season of (seed) Giving is upon us! Sow True Seed holds some counter-intuitive beliefs in your traditional profit-driven capitalistic culture! They have a set of intentions that guide their business practice beyond the simple profit motive. One of these intentions is Seed … Continue reading

Fall Greens from Nan Chase

Fall Gardening Know How (Part III): Greens

Posted: August 18, 2016

With the first official day of fall just a month away, many gardeners are looking forward to the changing season and a reprieve from the heat and pests of summer. While gardening in cooler temperatures under the azure sky of fall, my attitude improves as I slow down and spend more time pondering my garden. … Continue reading

Early Wonder Beets Freshly Harvested

Fall Gardening Know How, Part II: Root Crops

Posted: August 5, 2016

Earthy. Sweet. Pungent. Sifting through gardening blogs and seed catalogs, these are some of the many adjectives used to wax poetic about the flavors of root vegetables. If asked about their importance to modern cuisine, a chef would likely add versatile and nutritious to their description. Root vegetables like beets and rutabagas can be steamed … Continue reading

Romenesco Broccoli on a Table

Fall Gardening Know How (Part I): Growing Brassicas

Posted: July 22, 2016

Brassica oleracea. Some forms of this amazingly diverse species are prized for their large leaves, others their swollen stems or clusters of unopened flower heads. Think broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi. Known collectively as the brassicas, these descendants of a wild Mediterranean plant all thrive in cool temperatures. Fall is a particularly … Continue reading

Herb Fennel Flower - a delicate yellow umbel

Grow Your Own Fennel – it gets better all summer!

Posted: July 19, 2016

We tend to grow Florence fennel for its yummy bulbous stem. Pale green and delicately flavored like licorice, this stem is a culinary gem. But did you know that if left to flower and set seed, this same fennel yields a lot of aromatic seeds that can be “put by” for winter use in baking, … Continue reading

July Garden Tomato San Marzano Blossom End Rot Plant

July in the Garden: Harvest, Woes, Watering and Fall!

Posted: July 7, 2016

Summer is officially here (!) and with it the heat and humidity that marks this season. For many of us our hard work is starting to pay off as we harvest and eat home-grown vegetables. After a winter of eating produce that was grown and shipped from hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away, my … Continue reading

Elephant Garlic grows large bulbs and cloves - great for in the kitchen

Cooking with Elephant Garlic in the Kitchen

Posted: June 30, 2016

I wrote earlier this spring about the size of my Sow True Elephant Garlic stalks in the garden. Now I have harvested those bad boys – mid-June – and wanted to share some news about how to use this intriguing plant. Although they look like garlic and grow like garlic, elephant garlic are closely related … Continue reading

Parris Island Romaine Organic Lettuce

Top six summer greens to grow in your garden

Posted: June 24, 2016

Summer Greens It can be tough to have the perfect home grown salad because your sweet cherry tomatoes are just looking good, but your lettuce and spinach has set seed and died! Here is a list of some summer greens that taste good and can withstand the heat. As a bonus I’ve given some tips … Continue reading

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