This article has me thinking about the garden for 2012. I know that I haven’t finished gardening yet this year…but there’s always time to plan for next year!
‘Gardener’ Gives ‘Heirloom Life’ To Forgotten Flora
As a child growing up on his family’s farm in the 1980s, Jere Gettle didn’t spend his evenings watching TV; instead, he read seed catalogs. To him, the endless varieties of seeds with exotic-sounding names were full of possibility. He loved the idea of planting them in the ground, tending the crops that grew from them and preparing the harvested vegetables for a family meal.
Gettle and his wife, Emilee, have built a thriving business off that early fascination. The Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. carries a large selection of seeds from the 19th century, and the Gettle’s new book, The Heirloom Life Gardener, offers advice on how to save and grow heirloom vegetables.
Jere Gettle tells NPR’s Lynn Neary that you can find heirloom seeds sitting in people’s backyards, garages and cellars, just waiting to be rediscovered — and now, some of them are finally coming back.