Heirloom vs. hybrid
Photo credit: Flickr/See-ming LeeIf you need more proof that gardening in general and vegetable gardening in particular has become a national topic, look no further than Wednesday's Wall Street Journal and a story by Anne Marie Chaker on the latest battle in the on-going war between heirloom and hybrid. Tomatoes, of course.
It is the most planted plant in the country, and last year was a disaster for tomato lovers when blight wiped out both commercial and home-grown crops.Heirloom tomatoes, the WSJ story tells us, have become hugely popular for their fanciful colors and their rich and wide-ranging flavors: from sweet to smoky.
The heirloom stalwarts are appalled, of course