Throughout the growing directions that follow in this chapter, the
reader will be referred to a specific company only for varieties
that are not widely available.
I have again come to appreciate the older style of vegetable--
sprawling, large framed, later maturing, longer yielding,
vigorously rooting. However, many of these old-timers have not seen
attentions of a professional plant breeder for many years and
throw a fair percentage of bizarre, misshapen, nonproductive plants.
These "off types" can be compensated for by growing a somewhat
larger garden and allowing for some waste. Dr. Alan Kapuler, who
runs Peace Seeds, has brilliantly pointed out to me why heirloom
varieties are likely to be more nutritious. Propagated by centuries
of isolated homesteaders, heirlooms that survived did so because
these superior varieties helped the gardeners' better-nourished
babies pass through the gauntlet of childhood illnesses.
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