April 12, 2012
In the spring of every year, my Dad would plant a garden. Dad always used heirloom seeds. He would save the seeds from the vegetables every summer. He would spread them out on a wire screen and let them dry. He would then put them in small jars to use the next spring. About 6 to 8 weeks before the last expected frost date in our area, Dad would get his seeds out and get them started in tin cans indoors. By the time the weather was just right, he would transplant them into the garden. He always had a beautiful garden! Dad and Mom would freeze some of the produce, can quite a bit, and come fall, the freezers and cellar were full. To this day, I have not found any tomatoes that taste as good as Dad’s tomatoes.
If you are interested in heirloom seed gardens here are some books to help you get started:
- The Heirloom Tomato – Amy Goldman
- Gardening with Heirloom Seeds – Lynn Colter
- The Heirloom Life Gardener – Jere Gettle
Lone Jack Branch