Saturday, April 21, 2012
Click here to get $20 off any order for $50 or more of perennials at Gurneys.com! Principe Borghese Tomato - Tomatoes All Winter Long! This Italian heirloom variety is the traditional variety used for sun dried tomatoes. Plants stand up to high heat and produce plenty of tomatoes for drying, fresh eating and sauce making. Traditionally pulled up roots and all and stored upside down for the winter. Semi-indeterminate. 75 DAYS. Tomato plants are not available in ME and MT. Seeds will be shipped within 5-10 days of your order.
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In his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, the astronomer Carl Sagan related his thoughts on a deeper meaning of the photograph:
We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.
The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
—Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, p. 6
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Click on image to Order: "Tomato, Red Pear 1 Pkt.(25 Seeds)" (2486) "A bright red pear-shaped heirloom with an American pedigree that goes back to Colonial times. Attractive and tasty, the 1-2"-long fruits are delicious in salads or roasted in the oven. Indeterminate. Harvest about 70-75 days after transplant."
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Click on image to order: "Pepper, Sweet, Corno di Toro 1 Pkt.(100 Seeds)" (2119) "The name of this Italian heirloom translates as "horn of the bull", a tribute to the peppers' full, tapered shape. Ripening to a bright red, the fruits?8-10" long and 2 1/2 - 3' wide at the top?have a sweet, crisp, full-bodied flavor. A tasty favorite eaten raw, fried, stuffed or grilled. Ready to harvest about 75 days from transplant."
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Click on image to order: "Tomato, Orange Roma 1 Pkt." (2190) "Salmon-orange in color, scrumptious in flavor, this early-yielding heirloom has just the right credentials for orange-colored sauces and salsas. Nearly seedless, the large, firm fruits grow in prodigal numbers on indeterminate vines. Ready to harvest in about 69 days from transplant."
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Click on image to order: "Squash, Italian Ribbed Zucchini 1 Pkt.(15 Seeds)" (2147) "Known and beloved by Italians as 'Costata Romanesco', this Italian heirloom offers up a distinctive nutty flavor. The 6-8" medium-green fruits have pale green ribs and flecks. The prominent ribs create star-shaped slices which are lovely saut?ed or roasted. 52-58 days."
Posted by shvt at 10:45 AM