January Harvest of the Month: BEETS

Beets are native to the shores of North Africa, Europe and the Middle East; they were first cultivated by the ancient Romans. In the 19th century, when it was found that beets could be converted into sugar, the crop’s commercial value significantly grew. Beets are a member of the Amaranthaceae family, along with chard, quinoaContinue reading “January Harvest of the Month: BEETS”

December Harvest of the Month: Winter Squash

​Squashes are a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, also known as the gourd family, along with cucumbers, summer squash (pattypan, zucchini), and watermelon. Originally, squashes were cultivated for the consumption of their seeds only, as they had minimal, bitter-tasting flesh; over time, fleshier, fruitier varieties were developed.  Check the Harvest of the Month website for details andContinue reading “December Harvest of the Month: Winter Squash”

November Harvest of the Month

​Native to Central America, the sweet potato is not related to potatoes but instead is in the same family as morning glory. ​Sweet potatoes are very popular in the southern United States, and have been grown in that region since the 16th century. Although often mistaken for the yam, sweet potatoes are more flavorful and lessContinue reading “November Harvest of the Month”

Harvest of the Month: October

2021 October Harvest of the Month is Kale! Kale is a member of the Brassicaceae family, also known as the cabbage family, along with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kohlrabi. It originated in the Mediterranean region and was brought to the United States from England in the 17th century. Kale is a very hardyContinue reading “Harvest of the Month: October”

From our friends at HANDS: Gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi will be presenting our FINAL (sadly) “HANDS in the Dirt” workshop of the season tomorrow, September 15, at 10:00am via Zoom. He’ll make a brief presentation titled “Putting Food By” and then make time to answer questions. Here’s the link so please join us: Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/85052009899?pwd=U09vUThlVnVOb2NHbGpNYjI0YmVGQT09 MeetingContinue reading

Harvest of the Month: September

September’s Harvest of the Month is Sweet Peppers. Here’s some information from the Vermont Harvest of the Month site: Peppers are native to Central and South America. They are among the first plants to be cultivated there. Pepper seeds dating back to 5000 B.C. havebeen discovered in Mexico. After explorers from Portugal & Spain madeContinue reading “Harvest of the Month: September”

Save Seeds from your Favorite Tomato

Tomatoes are at their peak now, and some stand out as new or old favorites.  Maybe it’s flavor, size, color, meatiness, disease resistance, productivity, or all of the above.  Why not save some seeds of those favorites so you can grow and enjoy them again next year?  It is really very easy to save seedsContinue reading “Save Seeds from your Favorite Tomato”

SEED LIBRARY IN THE NEWS

Vermont independent newspaper Seven Days showcased Charlotte Seed Library in Melissa Pasanen’s April 21 article:  “Charlotte Library Educates on Heirloom Plants — and Lends Seeds”.  Stimulated by our 2-part program in April discussing Vermont author Ellen Ecker Ogden’s book, The New Heirloom Garden, Melissa visited us to learn about what we do and why.  She also interviewed EllenContinue reading “SEED LIBRARY IN THE NEWS”

The New Heirloom Garden

What is an Heirloom Garden? Charlotte Seed Library and Charlotte Grange invite you to join Seed Library Coordinator Karen Tuininga and award-winning Vermont author and kitchen garden designer Ellen Ecker Ogden, for a two-part presentation/discussion about gardening with heirloom varieties and saving their seeds.  Based on Ellen’s 2021 book, The New Heirloom Garden (featuring designs, recipes and heirloom plantsContinue reading “The New Heirloom Garden”