What are Nightshades and Why Are They So Fantastic for Seed Saving?

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Death by Tomatoes! Nightshades are a botanical family of plants, more technically called Solanaceae.  There are more than two thousand plant species in the nightshade family, the vast majority of which are inedible and highly poisonous (like deadly nightshade and jimsomweed [sacred datura]. On the other hand, many are staple foods that are rich in nutrients. […]

Beans–PLAN Now, Plant LATER!

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Beans are perfect crops for home gardeners who want homegrown food and greater self-reliance. They are one of those undemanding garden plants that grow prolifically in diverse climates across North American. Beans are rich in protein, fiber and minerals. Beans are easy to stock up, storing well frozen, dried or canned.  They add flavor, texture […]

Pardon Our Enthusiasm…

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…there is so much going on in the world of gardening that we need to tell you about! We have been really ramping up for this season to bring back the original, in-person, Great American Seed Up! The Seed Up transitioned to online ordering in 2020 and that is continuing, but we want to stay true to […]

GASU Seed Highlight: Award-Winning Early Prolific Straightneck Squash

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Did you know that squash varieties are the most common type of plant grown for human consumption? This family includes Melons, Pumpkins, Cucumbers, Zucchini, and Gourd. And this is a great time to get your gardens started with some squash, where ever you are! Cucurbirta pepo. Early Prolific Straightneck Squash is a picture-perfect yellow summer […]