Gardening with Heirloom Seeds: Tried-and-True Flowers, Fruits, and Vegetables for a New Generation

by Lynn Coulter (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
Coulter sets out to provide readers with "a sampler for heirloom seeds" to learn
about and grow. Each of her four chapters focuses on a single season, with an
informative essay on its tasks and pleasures and descriptions of heirloom garden
plants, including an overview, recommended varieties and helpful growing tips.
While the listings are far from exhaustive, they include a wide enough range of
edible and ornamental plants to populate a large and varied garden. They also
provide well-researched, lively descriptions, including fascinating facts about
common plants and their uses throughout history. For example, readers will be
delighted to learn that the green paint used to illustrate medieval manuscripts
was made from spinach, and that carbon dating has placed the pea as far back as
9750 B.C. This makes Coulter's book an ideal armchair companion to seed
catalogues—an extremely popular genre in their own right. Coulter's organization
does violate some conventions: vegetables are intermingled with flowers, and
annuals are not clearly distinguished from perennials. Still, her stylish,
interesting text, an exhaustive listing of sources for heirloom seeds and
numerous color and b&w illustrations make this a welcome addition to every
gardener's bookshelf. (June)

Library Journal, March 2006
"Suitable for both the novice and the experienced gardener." --This text refers
to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (June 19, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0807856800



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