Posts tagged heirloom

Taste of Heritage Gardens in Iowa City

         The Johnson County Master Gardeners will host their 14th annual Taste of the Heritage Gardens on Wednesday, July 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Plum Grove Historic Site, 1030 Carroll Street in Iowa City.

        For a suggested donation of $5, attendees will receive a taste of 19th recipes for soups, salads, vegetable dishes, breads, drinks and desserts prepared by the Master Gardeners. In addition, the audience will be entertained by the Senior Center Horn band, and there will be guided tours of the gardens and 1844 Lucas house.

         There will be a drawing for door prizes and recipe booklets will be available. Free parking is available on site.

         The proceeds from this event go to garden maintenance and Kirkwood scholarships. In case of bad weather, the event will be held at Building C at the Johnson County Fair Grounds. Further information is available at 351-4903.

Leave a comment »

Free plants

For people traveling to the Decorah area in northeast Iowa, Seed Savers Exchange still has some free pepper and tomato plants available.


Abe, at their visitor center, said this morning that a few flats of the plants are left. Already, Seed Savers has given away hundreds of plants to people whose gardens were flooded. Keep in mind, if your garden was flooded by rainwater, it should be safe to continue gardening. If the floodwaters were contaminated with raw sewage, etc., discard any produce that was growing, including root crops like turnips. You’ll need to wait at least 90 days to replant (pretty much the rest of the growing season here) and may want to have your soil tested before you proceed.


This is the notice Seed Savers Exchange sent after the flooding in Iowa earlier this month:


SSE thanks everyone for their concern about flood damage at Heritage Farm and we hope not too much damage occurred in your gardens, farms, and homes.


The gardens at Seed Savers Heritage Farm escaped the floods with minor damage, but the landscape down the valley was damaged along with many trails, bridges and fences.


SSE has many tomato and pepper transplants left from the spring sale.  Many are very tall but still healthy and in need of a garden.  If anyone is still interested in replanting, the plants are free.  Unfortunately they are to tall to be mailed, but they can be picked up at the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center at Heritage Farm.


Again SSE hopes everyone is safe and recovering from the floods of 2008.


Please come visit and take advantage of our surplus of transplants at the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center at 3074 North Winn Road, Decorah, Iowa.


Best wishes from the the staff of Seed Savers Exchange.


Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of heirloom seeds.

Comments (1) »

Mission: Bonus corn and Jube Jels

Late January is good for two things: buying seeds before the best varieties sell out, and finding the elusive Jube Jel cherry hearts, which are only available around Valentine’s Day.  I struck out on both this weekend. Besides the addictive candy, I was on a search for Bonus corn seed, also known as “baby” corn, the variety used in stir fry. My friend Marlene, our much-missed former ag reporter, told me about the corn a few years ago and got me hooked.

Because baby corn must be harvested while the ears are tiny, there’s less chance the raccoons, or worms, will get to it before you do. For some reason, I haven’t seen the seed this year in catalogs and the stores I checked don’t carry it. I did find some good news for fans of heirloom plants. Earl May in Cedar Rapids will be carrying 65 seed varieties this year of vegetables, herbs and flowers from Seed Savers in Decorah.

Now, if anyone knows where to find Bonus corn, drop me a line. I’m probably better off without the Jube Jels.

Comments (1) »