No surprise to small-scale farmers, scientists are now looking to traits in heirloom plant varieties to learn how to improve plant production.
You might recall that last year I ran a little experiment in my tomato patch. I grew 12 different tomato plants and separated them into four groups of three plants. Each group received a different organic fertilizer (or none at all) throughout the growing season.
Whether they’re called heirloom, heritage or historical, these time-honored apples of yesteryear are staging a dramatic comeback in orchards all over the world, and rightfully so.
The popularity of heirlooms vegetables at farmers’ markets and dinner tables is more established now than ever. Read about some of the best ones to bring to the farmers’ market.