Heirloom Organic Seeds Archive


Rye is a cold hardy ancient grain. Its roots are traced to Southwest Asia and may have been used since 1500-1800 bc.  It is a low gluten flour and has largely been used for hardy, dense breads and porridges. It’s been considered a low quality grain and was thought inferior by the upper classes of

Being a home gardener, I always wondered why my peppers cracked, but I never got around to looking it up until now.  Previously, I would just pick and eat them, since the cracking didn't seem to affect their quality.  However, since the question has come up here at Sustainable, I felt it was time to

Grain Education 101: Amaranth

Fall is arriving, perhaps even a bit early in some places, and with it the inevitable questions about what crops can be overwintered, be they vegetable, grain, or cover crop. In attempting to answer questions regarding when to plant which cereal crop, one question led to another. There is so much to know about grains,