Ugly Tomato Seeds Co.

Life isn't always pretty but it is certainly beautiful
It’s good to have friends. It’s better to have friends who garden.

It’s good to have friends. It’s better to have friends who garden.

NEW SEEDS AVAILABLE!!!!!!!

Woot! Finally had time to package most of the new seed varieties and now the website is updated too!

We’re very excited to offer a far more extensive variety going into fall and winter 2014-15 then we have in the past.

Even if you don’t need vegetable seeds today, please consider supporting our little seed dream come next growing season!

laughingduckpermaculture:

Here’s a lineup of the fruit we’ve preserved so far this summer. From left to right: Gooseberry Jam, Blackcap Jam, Sweet & Sour Apricot-Plum Sauce, Apricot Preserves, Gooseberry Jam, White Peach & Nectarine Chutney, Mango Chutney. Not pictured: Apricot Jam. We have almost four full cases of pint and quart jars. Some of these jars hold the last few ladles of a batch, which is why the levels are a little wonky.

laughingduckpermaculture:

Here’s a lineup of the fruit we’ve preserved so far this summer. From left to right: Gooseberry Jam, Blackcap Jam, Sweet & Sour Apricot-Plum Sauce, Apricot Preserves, Gooseberry Jam, White Peach & Nectarine Chutney, Mango Chutney. Not pictured: Apricot Jam. We have almost four full cases of pint and quart jars. Some of these jars hold the last few ladles of a batch, which is why the levels are a little wonky.

nprontheroad:

The yield on this field is lousy. Zero bushels/acre. But still beautiful.

Farming humor…

nprontheroad:

The yield on this field is lousy. Zero bushels/acre. But still beautiful.

Farming humor…

TIL cabbage seeds are a pain in the butt to work with. They roll everywhere!

Lois Lee's Icebox Pickles

Don’t you just love pickle season!!!

On The Roads of Iowa

For us in Iowa, the end of July each year means our local news and social media get commandeered by bicyclists descending on the state like locusts for the (Des Moines) Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (AKA: RAGBRAI). The seven day ride of more than 450 miles takes riders across the entire state, from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River. For the towns the ride passes through it’s a big freaking deal with more than 10,000 riders and spectators at each stop.

I say all this as an introduction and an opportunity to promote my favorite blog about this event. That being the “On The Road” Tumblr by three National Public Radio reporters. The blog features reports and pictures from the route and give a wonderful slice of life look at what happens along the route. It’s fun and thoughtful featuring an outsider’s view of my home and I love it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

beardedhippiebrandon:

Garlic Scapes am I right? This year I wanted to try something a little different so I Dill Pickled a bunch. Some got slices of last years frozen cayenne thawed out for the “spicy” version. Can’t wait to try these little rascals out. Still have a ton of scapes after 20 half-pints though. 

I’ve heard wonderful tings about garlic scapes. Apart from pickling, what else can one do with a scape?

(via hqcreations)

angelgardenblog:

The little tomato flowers opened. #garden #gardening #tomatoes #flowers

Best feeling in the world (next to seeing the tomatoes appear, grow and then get eaten, that is)!

angelgardenblog:

The little tomato flowers opened. #garden #gardening #tomatoes #flowers

Best feeling in the world (next to seeing the tomatoes appear, grow and then get eaten, that is)!