Thomson, IL (PRWEB) April 17, 2013
Spring is finally here, so it is time to think about planting this year’s garden. The Heirloom Solutions 2013 Plant Sale is open and ready for business! Offering a wide variety of heirloom seedlings, ranging from vegetables and herbs to flowers and native prairie plants, they are ready to help you start your own heirloom garden.
Heirloom plants are non-GMO open pollinated and some varieties can be hundreds of years old while others originated around the turn of the twentieth century. Many gardeners choose heirloom varieties over hybrids because heirloom plants have better flavor since many hybrids were developed with a greater emphasis on disease resistance or higher yield rather than flavor. They also promote biogenetic diversity by ensuring that particular plants do not go extinct. Finally, heirloom varieties appeal to the thrifty because one grows the plant, harvests the crop, and stores the seeds for next year. From a single plant, one can establish a garden for years to come.
Perfect for this year’s slow warm up, Heirloom Solutions offers a variety of early spring cold crops including several different types of broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and lettuce. A wide selection of onions and potatoes provides an array of choices. Also available now are herbs such as dill, cilantro, and several varieties of basil.
Marci Minnick-Heard, a plant and seed expert at Heirloom Solutions, remarks, “So far we are just putting out cool weather plants. These are plants that still need to avoid a hard freeze, but they really accelerate their growth process with this cool weather. Now, these are plants like lettuce, spinach, kale, and chicory. Other plants are probably about ready to go into the ground like artichokes and onions. Yet plants like tomatoes, peppers, pole beans, flowers, etc…usually wait until closer to Mother’s Day before you can plant them. I always suggest when you buy seeds, read the package. They usually have some great information, especially the packets of seeds we sell.”
Watch for later-season plants coming at the end of April to finish filling out a bountiful garden.
In addition to produce, the Heirloom Solutions 2013 Plant Sale also offers heirloom flowers like Grandpa Ott’s and Scarlet O’Hara Morning Glories, Red Marietta Marigolds, and a Bachelor’s Button mixture. The wide range of available zinnias are sure to attract all kinds of colorful butterflies, as will some of the natural prairie plants, such as butterfly weed and red milkweed.
Open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, the Heirloom Market & Café offers the widest selection of heirloom plants in the area.
The Heirloom Market and Café offers handmade and homegrown products that recall an earlier and simpler time of life. It also showcases products from Solutions From Science to assist in switching to alternative forms of energy in order to live more independently.