Ark of Taste
Slow Food USA, the organization devoted to a food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice, has designated certain foods to the Ark of Taste. Many of these are fruits and vegetables that can be grown in our gardens. Look over the list at the Ark of Taste Web site to see which varieties you might want to add to your garden this year.
Favorite or New Plant
African violets were the favored houseplants of our aunts and grandmothers because they're easy to grow and they provide beautiful flowers year-round. These same attributes make them a pleasure to grow today, so don't pigeonhole them as old-fashioned. Grow them in a high-quality, well-drained potting mix and feed regularly with a houseplant fertilizer formulated for blooming plants. For best growth, choose a fertilizer that does not contain nitrogen in the form of urea. Water regularly, letting the soil dry out slightly between waterings. Plants should bloom regularly if provided with the light from an east or west window.