Starting Your Own Herb Garden!

Check out an article that I had published on… it might just inspire you to start your own culinary herb garden!

Read the article here…


I Miss You Summer

Last year we did a grow-out of several bachelor button varieties. Aren’t they just dreamy? They are the easiest and sweetest flowers to grow. One of my Grandpa’s favorites. Maybe that’s why I love them so much. 🙂

Winter 2010 Editor’s Letter

The Heirloom Gardener
::Winter 2010

As we while away the days until spring, we’ve filled our calendar with several activities to keep our hands occupied until they can dig in the dirt again! The store has kept us on our toes so far this season as all the folks who are itching to garden have been sending in their orders. Jere and I have been on the road to some trade shows too. We hope to take a trip to Petaluma, California, sometime this winter to escape the cold and visit with our customers on the west coast.

This bitterly cold weather we have been enduring makes me dream of those long summer nights. Almost every evening in the summer Sasha runs down to the garden so she can pick some of her favorite flowers, zinnias, of which we plant in abundance. I think she’s following in her dad’s footsteps, as she loves every minute she can spend in the dirt and can name almost every veggie on the stands at farmer’s markets. When she gets older I want her to be able to recall all those fun afternoons and evenings in the garden. I feel one of the best legacy’s we can leave with our children is the knowledge of where our food comes from and how to preserve it.

I have talked to many people in their 50’s and 60’s who have never gardened or preserved food. Some have asked how many plants can grow from one seed? It often makes me wonder where their parents or grandparents were when they were growing up? I suppose, life got in the way back then, too, and little life lessons like planting a garden was put on the shelf for another day. Now more than ever before, it is important to know where our food comes from. Planting a garden is something that continually gives back, whether it’s planted by a two year old or a 60 year old.

I hope this issue satisfies a bit of your craving for gardening during these blustery days and inspires you to share your love of heirlooms with those who are close to you, young and old alike!

God Bless,
Emilee Gettle

The Lemon Lady

One of our writers for The Heirloom Gardener brought Anna Chan to my attention. I can’t wait to have Sue Capella work out an interview with her. Anna is doing an awesome work of distributing food to the hungry by saving excess fruit and veggies from spoiling! Instead of letting fruit rot on the ground or allowing it to be disposed of at the end of  farmer’s markets she collects the excess for those who are in need.

As we come to the end of the year, and we start pondering our new year’s resolutions, how to better ourselves ect. it might be worth looking beyond the mirror and opening our heart to others. It’s amazing what one person can do to make the world a better place.

Check out this video and news story about Anna Chan, The Lemon Lady

Or, check out Anna’s blog:

Preparing for a catalog photo shoot…

Searching for the perfect radish.

Searching for the perfect radish.

It seems like every day through the late spring into fall Jere takes a trip to the garden for a photo shoot with a new veggie variety. This week we took photos of radishes, parsnips and some new-to-me root veggies called Scorzonera. I’ve read online they taste like oysters. Hmm, this could be interesting! We’re busy at work on the 2010 catalog. It’s a crazy time of year and I never know what the next day holds, but it’s always an adventure.

Scorzonera. Any recipes?

Scorzonera. Any recipes?