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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Nebraska City's Community Garden reacts to Baker Creek's "The Whole Seed Catalog"

  • Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds' "The Whole Seed Catalog" inspires the Nebraska City Community Garden reports of a prize-winning pumpkin and Afghanistan melon seeds.The 2014 catalog features articles about the company, heirloom seeds, a seed-discovery trip to “Old Siam” and a seed project for Afghanistan....
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  • Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds' "The Whole Seed Catalog" inspires the Nebraska City Community Garden reports of a prize-winning pumpkin and Afghanistan melon seeds.
    The 2014 catalog features articles about the company, heirloom seeds, a seed-discovery trip to "Old Siam" and a seed project for Afghanistan.
    Asma Eschen, co-founder of Bare Root Trees Project, partnered with Baker Creek to distribute heirloom seeds and plant trees around Kabal, Afghanistan, and numerous small villages.
    Dan Swanson of the Nebraska City Community Garden reports that a pumpkin seed ordered through the catalog produced a top prize winner at this year's Otoe County fair.
    The "Rouge VIF D'Etampes" pumpkin, an ancient French heirloom popular in the central markets of Paris in the 1880s, was grown at the community garden. One of the pumpkins was entered as a large gourd in the 2013 county fair and won first place.
    Swanson said Nebraska City can also relate to the article about Eschen's tree planting journey to Afghanistan.
    "As the home of Arbor Day, we understand the importance for new trees. Planting a tree in a war-torn nation is a signal of hope for the future," he said.
    Seeds from Afghanistan were also planted in the community garden this year.
    A friend of the garden "plucked" the seeds from a white melon purchased as a bazaar in Afghanistan. They were grown this year at the garden, where the plants thrived and put on numerous melons.
    The grower told Swanson he picked one of the melons earlier in the fall and said it tasted like a sweet cucumber. He left the melons alone until late in the fall when they had a sweet flavor.
    "It was awesome. It was easy to grow and it thrived in our garden, but it was really a late-season melon," he said.

    The 353-page catalog contains over 60 articles regarding seeds, city gardens, roof farms, botanical expeditions, canning and a variety of gardening successes.
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