Gardening With Heirloom Vegetables

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by Adobestock/fazeful

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.

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Heirloom Artichoke Varieties

Learn all about growing heirloom artichokes and cardoons.

Heirloom Asparagus Varieties

Learn all there is to know about growing and harvesting these heirloom vegetables.

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Heirloom Asparagus Pea

Find out just how easy it is to grow and prepare this heirloom vegetable.

Heirloom Bean Varieties

Learn about planting, harvesting and saving seeds for heirloom bean varieties.

Heirloom Beet Varieties

Find out how to plant, harvest and save seeds for heirloom beet varieties.

Heirloom Broad Bean Varieties

Learn about the history of these heirloom vegetables and how to grow them.

Heirloom Cabbage Varieties

Learn more about the history of the brassicas and all of their heirloom varieties.

Heirloom Carrot Varieties

Learn about planting, harvesting and saving seeds for heirloom carrots.

Heirloom Celery Varieties

Uncover more of celery’s rich history and learn how to sow, harvest and store it.

Heirloom Chayote Varieties

Aside from having a long growing season, the chayote vegetable is easy to grow and even remains unbothered by pests.

Heirloom Corn Varieties

Find an abundance of information on heirloom corn varieties, from planting and seed saving to harvesting and preparing.

Heirloom Cowpea Varieties

See why this heirloom vegetable is a southern favorite and read about a quick easy way to serve it.

Heirloom Cucumber Varieties

Learn all about heirloom cucumber varieties — from planting and saving cucumber seeds to how to pickle gherkins.

Heirloom Eggplant Varieties

Find out which heirloom eggplant varieties you should plant in your garden and try a recipe for stewed eggplant.

Heirloom Groundnut Varieties

A goober pea is also known as a groundnut. See how this heirloom vegetable originated and how to grow it.

Heirloom Jerusalem Artichoke

Learn about the almost-forgotten vegetable, the Jerusalem artichoke, as well as how to grow and prepare it.

Heirloom Lettuce Varieties

See your options for growing heirloom lettuce varieties as well as helpful information for planting lettuce.

Heirloom Martynia Varieties

Read about growing heirloom martynia, also known as devil’s claw, as well as a few pointers for seed saving.

Heirloom Melon Varieties

Learn about heirloom melon varieties, as well as how to grow and prepare them.

Heirloom Nightshade Varieties

Discover the many heirloom nightshade varieties and how to grow them in your garden.

Heirloom Okra Varieties

Learn how to grow the okra plant and the history of its heirloom varieties.

Heirloom Onion Varieties

Learn how to grow heirloom onion varieties and discover how these plants are cancer-fighting.

Heirloom Parsnip Varieties

Learn how to grow heirloom parsnip varieties and enjoy them with a parsnip cake recipe from 1855.

Heirloom Pea Varieties

Learn about growing heirloom pea varieties — one of the oldest garden vegetables in our history.

Heirloom Pepper Varieties

Learn about growing heirloom pea varieties — one of the oldest garden vegetables.

Heirloom Potato Varieties

Learn how to plant heirloom potatoes, ward off pests, and gently harvest your spuds.


Heirloom Pumpkin Varieties

Learn how to grow heirloom pumpkin varieties along with other squash varieties.

Heirloom Radish Varieties

Learn about heirloom radish varieties and how to grow them.

Cold-Weather Salad Greens

See how easy it is to grow heirloom cold-weather salad greens.

Warm-Weather Salad Greens

Learn how to grow heirloom warm-weather salad greens.

Heirloom Sweet Potato Varieties

Learn how to grow and store heirloom sweet potato varieties.

Heirloom Tomato Varieties

See which heirloom tomato varieties to grow in your kitchen garden.

Heirloom Turnip Varieties

Get gardening advice for growing the heirloom turnip varieties.

Heirloom Root Vegetable Varieties

Learn about unusual heirloom root vegetable varieties and how to cook with them.

Heirloom Watercress Varieties

Learn how to grow your own watercress, and skip the expensive store-bought variety.

Heirloom Watermelon Varieties

Discover which heirloom watermelon varieties are best to grow in your garden.

Japanese yams on a cutting board with a knife.

Heirloom Chinese Yam

Discover the history of this “true yam,” the heirloom Chinese yam.