Wyrtig

OE wyrtig, adj: Garden-like, full of plants;
On anum wyrtige hamme, Homl. Skt. ii. 30:312
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Heirloom plants

Gardeners create heirloom plants by saving seed or vegetatively propagating plants that  have specific characteristics -- for example, better taste, higher yields, disease resistance, tolerance for local weather conditions.

Eventually a variety results that consistently exhibits the desired characteristics, and seed for this variety is cherished, grown, and shared, often over generations.

Typically, heirloom plants are not the crops of large scale agriculture, such as wheat or barley, but are grown on a smaller scale, in gardens. In part this is because such plants are often suited to very local conditions. When sampling heirloom plants for your own garden, it is often a good idea to look at plants grown under similar conditions to those those in your area -- humidity, soil type, temperature ranges, and so forth.

  

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