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November 28, 2022

On one of my family’s Christmas tree farms a great expanse of milkweed existed. This was due to an over application of Simazine herbicide which sterilized the soil for several years.  This not only wiped out all existing vegetation, it prevented everything else from germinating.  Apparently milkweed was immune to this.  The wet sand and …

November 17, 2022

It all started with jury duty. In this case, it was purgatory with magazines. The waiting room was stacked with magazines as it was the era before cell phones.  A Smithsonian article on corn and its possible origins caught my attention. I dove in. Apparently a scientist discovered a species of grass unrelated to corn …

October 24, 2022

Last seen on Belle Isle, Michigan in 1896, the thicket bean established itself in the thickets of this island in the middle of the Detroit River. It was never seen again. “If native, this was surely at the northern edge of the range for this species” wrote Edward G. Voss in Michigan Flora Part 2 …

October 18, 2022

Not too far from this wonderful slippery elm tree on my family’s farm was a great field of rye my father and I created. Like this tree, the rye field idea was latent and was not discovered until later in life. Who knew it was there all along? The field was the last thing we …

October 12, 2022

To grow a pear tree as a source of wood for musical instruments seemed like a long shot when I first started. I got the idea initially from a Hohner pear wood recorder I purchased in high school. I had quit playing trumpet and needed another avenue. Please note I was not aware of Miles …

October 11, 2022

10 Percent Off Entire Store for all of the Seeds. Recent harvests include: Pawpaw, Chinquapin Hybrid Chestnut, Ashe Magnolia, American Persimmon USE CODE   OneSeed    at check out. Sale expires 10-30-22. Recent Newsletter          Very good crop of pawpaw this year. It has allowed me to taste test them in great diversity. Sooner or …

October 5, 2022

I am always surprised to find that no animals will consume the pawpaw seed. There is really only a very insanely small number of seeds that animals or insects will not eat. I often viewed my nursery seed beds as the most valuable portion of my nursery as well as the most expensive buffet of …

September 26, 2022

  Free Offers+Use Code:  PLUM10 for 10 Percent Off Offer Expires 10-15-22 Free with all orders: 12 Iowa Peach Seeds-True to type northern wild peach. Orders over $400.00 receive either an all organic cotton t-shirt print from artwork from the Oikos Tree Crops catalog collection or 4 ounces of Wild Goose Plum jam made with …

September 9, 2022

Briana Apricots Harvested this Year from Three Generations of Trees Mention growing apricots in the north and often you will hear “Not apricots, they flower too early”. But at the same time the question of its possibilities and practicalities arises. The apricot shares a long history with humans as both the seeds and the fruit  …

September 9, 2022

Starting from beach plums, I began growing lots of plums at my farm in the early 1980’s.  I had no irrigation at the farm and filled 5 gallon buckets from my house 25 miles away. (I always had to take corners slowly!) I was a fan of yucca extract and humates and used them in …