Yellow Barhi Dates via Instagram

Yellow Barhi Dates via Instagram

Yellow Barhi Dates

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How a Tomato Paid Off This Man’s Mortgage from the Smithsonian Channel [Video] (1:19)

A short clip on the Mortgage Lifter Tomato

How a Tomato Paid Off This Man's Mortgage from the Smithsonian Channel

A tomato, that’s right, a tomato, helped lift one family out of poverty during the hard times of the 1930s.

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Squash via Instagram

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Barteldes Seed 1917 Wholesale Catalog – 4 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Seed Catalogs: Barteldes Seed 1917 Wholesale Catalog – 4 in a series

Some more lovely artwork on this practical catalog for wholesale buyers. — Douglas

Historical Seed Catalogs: Barteldes Seed 1917 Wholesale Catalog - 4 in a series Historical Seed Catalogs: Barteldes Seed 1917 Wholesale Catalog - 4 in a series

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The seeds we offer are tested under our personal supervision before shipment, and every care is taken that none but reliable, fresh and genuine seeds are sent out. ,J

Seeds of the best quality often fail, however, through various causes, improper planting or weather conditions ; therefore we, The Barteldes Seed Co., give no warranty, expressed or implied, as to description, quality, productiveness, or any other matter, of any seeds, bulbs or plants we send out, and we will not in any way be responsible for the crop. If the purchaser does not accept the goods on these terms, they are at once to be returned.

All Grass, Field and Tree Seeds, Potatoes, and Onion Sets we will sell for cash only, no discounts. Bills of Garden Seeds, amountting to $25.00 or more, are sold on terms of 60 days. Overdue accounts are subject to sight draft with exchange, without notice. Of new customers we require cash or satisfactory references. These prices are not for less than one-half pound of Garden Seed or five pounds of Peas, Beans or Sweet Corn, and are subject to variation without notice.

These prices do not include charges for bags, baskets and barrels, which are extra.

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Publication date 18uu
Publisher Lawrence, Kan. : Barteldes Seed Co
Digitizing sponsor IMLS
Contributor New York Botanical Garden, LuEsther T. Mertz Library
Language English
Volume 1917 Wholesale Catalog

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Sweet Corn 🌽 

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Bring the garden inside with these Hydrangea Pillows, Totes, iPhone Cases and Much More!

Bring the garden inside with these Hydrangea Pillows, Totes, iPhone Cases and Much More!

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Garden Decor: Bring Light and Movement to the Garden with a DIY Wind Spinner via Garden Therapy

I believe I have some wire like this lying around after a previous project. Add this to a few marbles from Joe’s old toys and should be easy to put these together. —Douglas
 
This easy-to-make garden decoration spins in the wind, creating a mesmerizing optical illusion where it looks as if the marble is spinning up and down the wire coil surrounding it. I love to hang these in the garden because they bring interest and movement, and the wire reflects sunlight so the whole thing dances and sparkles beautifully.
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Heirloom tomatoes at the local Farmers Market via My Instagram

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Heirloom tomatoes at the local Farmers Market

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Historical Garden Books: Every man his own gardener : The complete gardener, or, Gardener’s calendar of work to be done in the kitchen, fruit, flower, forcing garden &c. for every month in the year (1843) – 13 in a Series

Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these books. I’ll be sharing more books as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Garden Books: Every man his own gardener : The complete gardener, or, Gardener’s calendar of work to be done in the kitchen, fruit, flower, forcing garden &c. for every month in the year (1843) – 13 in a Series

Historical Garden Books: Every man his own gardener : The complete gardener, or, Gardener's calendar of work to be done in the kitchen, fruit, flower, forcing garden &c. for every month in the year (1843) - 13 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books: Every man his own gardener : The complete gardener, or, Gardener's calendar of work to be done in the kitchen, fruit, flower, forcing garden &c. for every month in the year (1843) - 13 in a Series

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JANUARY.

WORK TO BE DONE IN THE KITCHEN GARDEN. PREPARATIONS FOR EARLY CROPS.

As early productions of several sorts of kitchen garden vegetables are in particular request, this is now the principal season to begin to make preparations in forwarding that business, whereby to raise the respective sorts required in early perfection, both by means of hotbeds, and by culture in the natural ground.

But as some particular sorts of the more tender species are to be obtained only by aid of hotbeds, such as cucumbers and melons ; and others of more hardy nature, when in request in the earliest season, require also the assistance of hotbeds, such as sallading, radishes, asparagus, kidneybeans, peas, &c. ; that where it is required to have any of these productions as early as possible, should now proceed in forwarding, in preparation, the necessary supplies of hot dung, rich earth, and other requisites proper in their cultivation, by hotbeds accordingly, as explained for each under its respective head.

And for several early natural crops in the full ground, should now prepare warm borders, and other similar compartments, in proper time for their reception, by manuring, where necessary; with proper dung, and giving a general good digging, ready for early peas, beans, radishes, spinach, &c. ; and for the particulars of which, see each sort under its respective head, as observed above in the hotbed articles.

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Publication date 1843
Publisher London : Printed for Thomas Tegg
Contributor University of Southampton
Language English
 

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Interesting Plant: California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum)

 Interesting Plant: California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum)

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Epilobium canum, also known as California fuchsia or Zauschneria, is a species of willowherb in the evening primrose family (Onagraceae).[1] It is native to dry slopes and in chaparral of western North America, especially California. It is a perennial plant, notable for the profusion of bright scarlet flowers in late summer and autumn.

The name reflects that in the past it used to be treated in a distinct genus Zauschneria, but modern studies have shown that it is best placed within the genus Epilobium. Other common names include California-fuchsia (from the resemblance of the flowers to those of fuchsias), hummingbird flower or hummingbird trumpet (the flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds), and firechalice.

The original genus name was in honor of Johann Baptista Josef Zauschner (1737–1799), a professor of medicine and botany in Prague. – Wikipedia

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Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas