Ranting on seeds in the NYTimes



Here’s a must-read for seed geeks (i.e., everybody but me).
Check out yesterday’s New York

We’re proud to say that our own Michele Owens is the first
of six gardeners interviewed for Michael Tortorello’s piece “Packets Full of
Miracles.”  Each gardener lists six
of their favorite seeds, one new variety they are trying this year, and one
seed that will never darken their soil again.

Even I was tempted by Michele’s description of Double Rose
Peony poppy. And who knew that a turnip could have a romantic name like Rapa di
Milano Colletto Viola? I was also intrigued by the Nigella sativa grown by Holly

Many of you will remember Tortorello as the seemingly
hapless starter gardener who has been blogging
for the Times about his trials and tribulations as a first-time vegetable

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regular radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world, and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. I was grateful that a Pacific Northwest gardener was quoted. our lack of summer heat means a lot of things won’t flower or fruit here.

  2. It was a great article but I was also disappointed not to find a few intriguing plants than might thrive in the coastal south.

  3. We agree on the recommendation for pineapple tomatoes, which we mistakenly purchased as plants several years back, a happy mistake. Yes, these tomatoes are watery, but that seems to make them excellent candidates for roasting. The result is a different finished product than roasted plum tomatoes–sweeter, more carmelized.
    Just follow the roasted tomato recipe in Fine Cooking, although we use far, far less oil. And the cooked tomatoes–the ones that aren’t gobbled immediately–really do freeze well.

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