April 7, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
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Rain Garden – There’s an App for That

Rain Garden App logoI was wondering what I would write about this week, and thanks to my friend Eric I have some interesting information about a new app to share with you. It’s a handy tool that instantaneously puts the power of information about rain gardens at your finger tips. If you’re having a conversation about one these topics, gardening, resource management, sustainability, or climate change, and you have this app, you can share the comprehensive information that this app supplies. It’s current, and demonstrates an informative response to the changing forces effecting society.

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March 24, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
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Library Seed Banks

Library Seed Bank IconTalk about a plot twist, this one is really exciting. Recently, NPR broadcast this story, How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank. It garnered a lot of attention, and the library as seed bank is a great idea, and so is saving public libraries, but I fond that title a bit overstated. From the article;

 The American Library Association says there are at least a dozen similar programs throughout the country.

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March 10, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
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What’s New in This Year’s Garden

plant planting cellsSince the organization meeting for my community garden is coming up next week, and my plot will be available, it makes sense that I should get my seeds started. Most of what I grow will be planted after May 15, so I’m still good. Barely. Life happens so I will just go with the flow, and hope for the best.

I have a couple new varieties this year, as always and I’m looking forward to what’s going to happen with them. The Tabaris bean will be new, which I wrote about a little while back.

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March 2, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
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A Thousand Gardens in Africa

Now that Spring is coming, and gardens are germinating in minds and sunny windowsills, I thought it would be an appropriate time to write this post. For some, A Thousand Gardens in Africa is a half a world away, for most it’s on another continent, but if you listen to what the folks are saying, the words could be spoken by you,or any other gardener.

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February 10, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
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Seed Matters – An Interview with Matthew Dillon

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I’m excited, fortunate and grateful to share the recent opportunity to interview Matthew Dillon, Director of www.seedmatters.org. I found out about this initiative by the Clif Bar Family Foundation at The 2nd National Heirloom Expo in September 2012. I’m very impressed with the people I met, and with the goals of this program. Matthew was the Founding Director of the Organic Seed Alliance, an organization I have followed for a number of years. I am a big fan of theirs. They do good work, and I encourage you to support them also.

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February 9, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
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Tomato Talk!

poster for an event about heirloom gardening

I’m please to announce that I will give a talk about heirloom gardening with a focus on tomatoes and seed saving. I’m honored that McCowan Public Library and the Pitman Garden Club would ask me to do this. The event takes place Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pitman Boro Hall, (Municipal Building), 110 South Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071.

There will be a book signing also of Future Tomatoes, my book about the beauty of tomato buds, featuring macro photographs about tomato buds and some stories about them. I hope to see you there.

February 3, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
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Carrots, A Colorful History

photo of carrotsLast week I wrote about how to grow carrots. For a long time, growing root vegetables intimidated me. It was rather silly. All plants have roots, so what was the mystery about these plants with edible roots? Was there some kind of magic involved? A ritual maybe? Ancient secrets past down from ancient astronauts? In reality, none of these implied-in-my-head factors applied. Root vegetables like carrots are rather easy to grow. Like every plant, root vegetables have some individual requirements, but nothing outlandish. They are not divas, and are rather fun and colorful.

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January 27, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
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Carrots, Growing, Not Manufactured

photo of carrotsManufactured carrots? Yes, but not in an evil scientist, GMO way. The baby carrots that are so popular today, have an interesting history. When they first appeared on the market, they started out as carrots that were deemed not market worthy. They were cut from these shamed carrots.

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January 20, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
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Catalog Reading and Garden Planning Tips

catalogue coverPlease welcome my guest blogger for today. Stephen Scott, a co-owner of Terrior Seeds. Stephen writes a thoughtful and interesting post about planning a garden. 

Perusing the newest crop of seed catalogs while engaging in some garden planning is a favorite pastime of gardeners everywhere during the cold, short days of winter. It is an excellent way to take your mind off of the often drab and dreary days that separate the last harvest from the first plantings. Seed catalogs can be much more than a pleasant distraction and fodder for summertime daydreams. They can help you with your upcoming garden planning by helping to visualize succession and companion plantings while arranging the palette of colors in the most attractive ways possible.

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