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Dragon Carrot

This vibrant purple heirloom carrot is a favorite at farmers markets everywhere …

The Dragon carrot is a true beauty to behold. Purple skinned, with bright orange flesh and a yellow core, this colorful veggie is packed with antioxidants and boasts a unique spicy-sweet taste. The lycopene content in the Dragon carrot is equal to that of a tomato!

The Dragon carrot is a Danvers-style carrot with a wide top and a smaller, tapered tip.

Jazz up your salads with the stunning colors of the Dragon carrot, or steam or juice them like any other favorite carrot variety. Maintains its spicy flavor when cooked.

Perfect addition to your spring or fall gardens. A good carrot choice for winter storage in root cellars.

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Build A Home Library With Quality Gardening Books

Books are still a priceless resource even in the digital age where information is available anytime with just the click of a button.  Call me old-fashioned, but I have an entire bookshelf stocked with good quality gardening and homesteading books.

I regularly pull out my collection of books out and use them: For garden planning, as a reference for the plants I grow, or to get new ideas. My little home library has proven to be an invaluable resource many times. Sure, I can always run to the Internet to find information I might need, but there is something to be said for having your own personal library of gardening books. I like the way a book feels in my hand; and best of all, I can make notes and write in them.

And, let’s face it – you might not always be able to get online to get important information! One of top reasons I garden is to grow food for my family in the event of an extended emergency or crisis. I want to prepare my family for a potential long-term food emergency. In the case of such an event, it’s unlikely that the internet (or electricity for that matter) would be available to me. I would still need access to quality resources to help me grow my own food. That’s why I buy good gardening books!

But I won’t buy just any book out there. I’m very choosy about the books I spend my hard earned money on. Not every book out there is worth the paper it is printed on. At Heirloom Solutions, we carry some of the best gardening books available. Some of them are more widely known books, and others are rare gems we find as we source our seeds. But you can count on one thing – if we carry it, we think it’s a good resource for your home gardening library!

This week I’d like to share with you one of my favorite books for that I use regularly as a fall and winter resource for gardening:

The Winter Harvest Handbook – Year-round Vegetable Production Using Deep-organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses by Eliot Coleman

This book is an excellent resource and no gardening library should be without it. Eliot Coleman is a farming expert. He helped start the local and sustainable food movement and still gardens at his world-renowned organic farm in Maine.

In The Winter Harvest Handbook, Coleman describes his unique organic methods for raising crops even in the coldest temperatures. If you live in a cold climate and love to garden – and want to grow food during all 4 seasons – this book is a must have! This book focuses on using deep-organic methods and also teaches you how to grow food in the dead of winter without a heated greenhouse. Coleman’s expert advice will teach you how to grow your own produce during the winter season, even in extreme climates where conventional wisdom says it “just can’t be done.”

This book gives clear, easy-to-follow information on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices, and more.  The book will be an extremely valuable resource to home gardeners, small farmers, and homesteaders who want to expand their gardening skills across all seasons.

A Special Offer For Our Readers

This week only we are giving our readers 50% off The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman. It’s the perfect opportunity to start stocking your shelves with the best gardening resources available. This is a book you’ll reach for time and time again.

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4 Reasons To Eat Your Radishes

The radish is a sorely under-appreciated vegetable. Sure, it might be a small veggie – but it’s quite mighty nutritionally, and there are lots of good health reasons why you should eat your fill of this amazing little veggie!

1. Radishes are remarkably easy to grow.
The radish has a very quick growth cycle. Some varieties can be harvested in about 20 days! You can’t say that for most veggies in the garden. They are a wonderful vegetable for beginning gardeners to try. They are a cool weather crop, so plant them in the fall or spring.

Radishes are also quite fool-proof to grow. Grow them in full sun or in partial shade. Plant them in loose, well-drained soil. Remove soil clumps, rocks, and other obstructions from radish planting beds so that they can stretch out and grow with ease. You can also grow radishes in containers. If you want really healthy and robust radishes, mix some compost into your soil. Keep them well-hydrated and you’ll be ready to enjoy them in no time.

2. They are packed with flavor!
Radishes have a natural “zing” that many other veggies don’t have. Their one-of-a-kind flavor spices up any salad or dish. Or, eat them all alone as a healthy snack. Have a sore throat? The spicy flavor of the radish will cool it right off. Which leads me to the next reason we all should eat our radishes…

3. Radishes are great for digestive health, among many other things.
It is said in both ancient and modern holistic medicine that radishes help aid the digestive process and are a natural digestive cleansing agent. The Greeks and Romans would eat them with honey and vinegar for optimum digestive health benefit. But that’s not it by a long shot! Radishes can also help regulate blood pressure, relieve sinus congestion, soothe skin rashes, and help prevent respiratory problems associated with asthma. They also exhibit antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. So, eat your radishes up for good health.

4. Radishes are high in Vitamin C and other key nutrients.
Radishes are a very good source of vitamin C – approximately 25% of the daily recommended value! They also contain folate, fiber, riboflavin, potassium, copper, vitamin B6, magnesium, manganese, and calcium. Who knew such a tiny veggie could be so nutritionally dense?

If you want to grow your own radishes at home, fall is the perfect time to do so. The cool weather offers perfect radish-growing conditions. Direct sow them approximately 4-6 weeks before your first fall frost. In Zones 8 and up, you can plant them throughout the fall and winter.

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