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Old 01-13-2018, 06:05 PM
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I'm interested in old vegetable seeds as grown years ago in the southern states. Beans,peas,corn,tomatoes,etc. A family member just gave me some red colored corn seed,and we talked about pole beans,and running butter beans. If you have any interest in this subject,or you know of a source for seeds,please let me know. I would like to buy some,and swap some in the future.
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I'm interested in old vegetable seeds as grown years ago in the southern states. Beans,peas,corn,tomatoes,etc. A family member just gave me some red colored corn seed,and we talked about pole beans,and running butter beans. If you have any interest in this subject,or you know of a source for seeds,please let me know. I would like to buy some,and swap some in the future.
If you can get hold of some half runner green beans, none better!
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Thanks Swamppirate, I'll see what I can do.
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You can google "Heirloom seeds" there are tons of companies that carry old type seeds. I use a company called Baker creek heirloom seed. They have tons of old not often seen varieties of everything. As far as the ones grown by old timers (grand mom etc) They are usually saved and passed along but a lot of times they don't know the variety. They just know its a "pole bean or bush bean".
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Yeah I've been looking at the Baker web page,that Cherokee Trail of Tears bean sounds good,has a good write up also.
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If you can get hold of some half runner green beans, none better!
That's we grew in the family vegetable garden when I was a kid. Nothing better, like swamppirate said!
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Thank you, I have it bookmarked.
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That's we grew in the family vegetable garden when I was a kid. Nothing better, like swamppirate said!
Thanks, that bean has to be a winner,I've heard of it many years now.
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You old timers,do you remember names of corn,tomatoes,and peas that your families planted? I'm thinking that many varieties had local names,which would have been completely different in other places,yet were the same plants.
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Seen ads on here and elsewhere where local farmers market type advertise heirloom seeds most of time it takes place in the town square or such seen it in Jefferson couple of times pretty good gathering. Mother Earth News has devoted a lot of space in the mag. for heirlooms just be careful some seeds that have been around 25 yrs. are considered heirloom think you looking for older variety's then that good luck
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Thanks for your comments 280, I've been gardening for myself over 50 years,and for my parents before that, 10 or 12. I wish I was closer to some of those towns in north Georgia,I'd like to go to some of the town square sales. I am pretty well up on recent stuff(in the last 75 or so years)it's the stuff that is nearly gone that I'd like to get a start of. Some of the seed banks that you see on line are very interesting to me. I'd like to be able to grow and eat vegetables that our southern people ate in the 1800's and before. I've seen references of peanuts that were supposedly brought to this country by slaves from Africa and cultivated before the War Between The States and after. There is a white corn called Sea Island that is reputed to be old and very popular a long time ago. You never know about what you can find out about the past until you ask. Many people have knowledge that will go to the grave with them,some would be willing to share that information if asked. I'm asking. Common things are not recorded as much as the unusual,Modern day people had a hard time rediscovering principles of fire making,because it was everyday life before matches were invented. The same was true of flint knapping,and hide tanning by old methods. My family for generations were southern farmers,I'd like to grow some of the foods that they ate,and eat them myself.
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