Ira Wallace shares her growing know-how in the recently published Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast. Wallace is Southern Exposure Seed Exchange’s home garden expert, and serves on the board of OSGATA and of the Organic Seed Alliance. In the latest edition of the radio show, “A Way to Garden,” Wallace spoke with host Margaret Roach about heirloom vegetables from the South.
Ever wonder what a greasy bean is? Or a crowder pea? Wallace explains them both, and also delves into okra, collard greens, and more.
From a seed stand-point, the interview touches on regionality, the importance of preserving open-pollinated cultivars, and how SESE works with local seed growers.