The Kanawha County Master Gardeners will host its annual plant sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 15 at Coonskin Park's Schoenbaum Amphitheater.
This is a great chance to get plants that come from the gardens of the Master Gardeners -- so you know they will work in our area. Master Gardeners will be on hand to give advice. The group also sells new and gently used garden tools, books and other garden-related items.
Get there at 10 a.m. for the best selection.
Thumbing through Bon Appétit magazine (drooling at the photos and the recipes), I found an interesting article about planting heirloom vegetables.
"In 2009, heirloom seed sales increased by 40 percent," author Carolynn Carreno writes. "Heirloom means being from a species at least 50 years old, or being open-pollinated -- i.e., the seeds produce offspring like the parent plants."
"The Edible Heirloom Garden" author Rosalind Creasy says the "late blight" that nearly decimated Northeastern tomatoes in 2009 (a strain of which also caused the Irish potato famine) could have been lessened if people had grown tomatoes from seeds or seedlings, including heirloom varieties.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.