Today, I found this publication, which is nearly 100 years old!  Great information about true heirloom gardening. Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden As Recounted by Maxi'diwiac (Buffalo Bird Woman) (ca.1839-1932) of the Hidatsa Indian Tribe Originally published as Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians: An Indian Interpretation by Gilbert Livingstone Wilson, Ph.D. (1868-1930)

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Crop Rotation

  Here’s a science lesson, for you… Our produce contains wonderful nutrients.  We know that.  Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are the reasons our parents tell us to eat our vegetables.  Some nutrients are manufactured within the plant, but others cannot be.  Minerals such as iron, selenium, and magnesium are elements: the simplest forms of matter. ... Continue Reading →

Chard: Vegetable of The Apocalypse

“When the zombie apocalypse happens, don’t let me forget my chard seeds!”  My husband just raised his eyebrows and said, “It’s still growing out there?”  “It’s March, and the chard is already up!  Now I feel bad, because I was going to put potatoes there." Don’t worry… I can still plant potatoes there and grow... Continue Reading →

What’s the Big Deal about Heirlooms?

Each year, I see the sales ads: Heirloom tomatoes on sale, only $2.99/lb.  Customers flock to them.  The pictures show huge, lumpy, full-color tomatoes instead of the common round red variety.  Whole Foods staffs the produce department with sales people who can name off each variety they sell.  But many people think heirlooms are just... Continue Reading →

Cold Snaps in the Garden

Locals advise, “Don’t plant until the snow melts off of Peavine Peak.”  I have also heard this expanded as, “The Indians say, don’t plant until the snow melts off Peavine." Hogwash. Here’s why I don’t prescribe to that: 1)      In 2012, the snow melted off of Peavine in January. 2)      The Washoe/Paiute tribes in this... Continue Reading →

Mid-April: What to Plant

Yesterday, my skin burned rosy as I jogged under clear skies in 70-degree weather.  It’s nearly mid-April, and sprinklers soak the lawns.  Tulips bloom.  Trees blossom. So what can you plant right now? First of all, before we discuss what you can plant, put these seeds back where you found them: beans, squash and pumpkins,... Continue Reading →

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