As the first comprehensive garden book of its kind, Heirloom Vegetable Gardening combines thirty years of first-hand experience growing, tasting and cooking with heirloom vegetables. Author William Woys Weaver has grown all 280 featured vegetable varieties in this book and has sprinkled in his gardening advice. Novice and experienced gardeners alike can appreciate the know-how on planting, growing and seed saving, as well as old-fashioned recipes such as Artichoke Pie and Turtle Bean Soup. Below you will find select heirloom vegetables from this book with variety-specific history and growing recommendations. To locate mail order companies that carry these heirloom vegetable varieties, use our Custom Seed and Plant Finder.
Learn about planting, harvesting and saving seeds for heirloom bean varieties.
Find out how to plant, harvest and save seeds for heirloom beet varieties.
Learn about the history of these heirloom vegetables and how to grow them.
Learn more about the history of the brassicas and all of their heirloom varieties.
Learn about planting, harvesting and saving seeds for heirloom carrots.
Uncover more of celery’s rich history and learn how to sow, harvest and store it.
Aside from having a long growing season, the chayote vegetable is easy to grow and even remains unbothered by pests.
Find an abundance of information on heirloom corn varieties, from planting and seed saving to harvesting and preparing.
See why this heirloom vegetable is a southern favorite and read about a quick easy way to serve it.
Learn all about heirloom cucumber varieties — from planting and saving cucumber seeds to how to pickle gherkins.
Find out which heirloom eggplant varieties you should plant in your garden and try a recipe for stewed eggplant.
A goober pea is also known as a groundnut. See how this heirloom vegetable originated and how to grow it.
Learn about the almost-forgotten vegetable, the Jerusalem artichoke, as well as how to grow and prepare it.
See your options for growing heirloom lettuce varieties as well as helpful information for planting lettuce.
Read about growing heirloom martynia, also known as devil’s claw, as well as a few pointers for seed saving.
Learn about heirloom melon varieties, as well as how to grow and prepare them.
Discover the many heirloom nightshade varieties and how to grow them in your garden.
Learn how to grow the okra plant and the history of its heirloom varieties.
Learn how to grow heirloom onion varieties and discover how these plants are cancer-fighting.
Learn how to grow heirloom parsnip varieties and enjoy them with a parsnip cake recipe from 1855.
Learn about growing heirloom pea varieties — one of the oldest garden vegetables in our history.
Learn about growing heirloom pea varieties — one of the oldest garden vegetables.
Learn how to plant heirloom potatoes, ward off pests, and gently harvest your spuds.
Learn how to grow heirloom pumpkin varieties along with other squash varieties.
Learn about heirloom radish varieties and how to grow them.
See how easy it is to grow heirloom cold-weather salad greens.
Learn how to grow heirloom warm-weather salad greens.
Learn how to grow and store heirloom sweet potato varieties.
See which heirloom tomato varieties to grow in your kitchen garden.
Get gardening advice for growing the heirloom turnip varieties.
Learn about unusual heirloom root vegetable varieties and how to cook with them.
Learn how to grow your own watercress, and skip the expensive store-bought variety.
Discover which heirloom watermelon varieties are best to grow in your garden.
Discover the history of this “true yam,” the heirloom Chinese yam.
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