Archive for April, 2015

Hybrid vs. GMO vs. Heirloom

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Josep M RovirosaThere is a lot of confusion out there regarding hybrid vs. GMO vs. heirloom plants, especially when it comes to tomatoes. What’s the difference? This simple guide sorts it out for you. (Bonnie Plants offers both hybrid and heirloom varieties, but every plant we sell is non-GMO.)

 

Sweet, delicious Sun Gold tomatoes prove that hybrids can have a ton of flavor.

Hybrid Plants

Woman harvesting tomatoesA hybrid vegetable is created when plant breeders intentionally cross-pollinate two different varieties of a plant, aiming to produce an offspring, or hybrid, that contains the best traits of each of the parents. Cross-pollination is a natural process that occurs within members of the same plant species.

In hybridization, pollination is carefully controlled to ensure that the right plants are crossed to achieve the desired combination of characteristics, such as bigger size or better disease resistance. The process of developing a hybrid typically requires many years.

One example is Juliet, a 1999 All America Selections winner. This Roma-style grape tomato offers great taste and productivity along with improved disease resistance to increase success in the garden. Another is Sun Gold, a prolific yellow cherry tomato that’s so sweet and delicious, it’s like candy from the garden.

In general, hybrids offer some combination of these favorable traits: dependability, less required care, early maturity, better yield, improved flavor, specific plant size, and/or disease resistance. Hybrid vegetables typically look like the veggies you’d find at a supermarket.

GMO Plants

GMO plants, on the other hand, are the result of genetic engineering. (“GMO” stands for “genetically modified organism.”) This is a process during which the plant’s DNA is altered in a way that cannot occur naturally, and sometimes includes the insertion of genes from other species. All of our plants are grown from non-GMO seeds.

 

Many older people have grown the same heirloom tomatoes for many decades.

Heirloom tomato growing on the plantHeirloom Plants

Heirlooms come from seed that has been handed down for generations in a particular region or area, hand-selected by gardeners for a special trait. Heirloom vegetables are open-pollinated, which means they’re pollinated by insects or wind without human intervention. How experts define heirlooms can vary, but typically they are at least 50 years old, and are often pre-WWII varieties. In addition, they tend to remain stable in their characteristics from one year to the next.

Many gardeners agree that most heirloom varieties boast greater flavor than that found in hybrids, especially among tomatoes. Bonnie’s heirloom tomato varieties are clearly marked on the plant tags and trays.

While hybrid plants typically yield a crop that is uniform in both appearance and timing, heirloom vegetables produce a “mixed bag” harvest. The harvest may come in less predictably, and fruit size can vary greatly even on the same plant.

Despite their sometimes odd looks and quirky ways, heirlooms bring lots to the table (literally!). The Amish heirloom tomato Pink Brandywine, for example, yields fruit with an unbeatable flavor in shades reminiscent of a glass of Cabernet. Arkansas Traveler, a Southern favorite, originated in Northwest Arkansas prior to 1900 and gradually found its way across the South to North Carolina. Resistant to cracking and disease, this beauty yields delicious tomatoes under typical Southern summer conditions–high heat, high humidity, and drought.

What Kind Is Right for Me?

In the battle of hybrid vs. GMO vs. heirloom plants, we suggest growing both hybrid and heirloom vegetables (especially tomatoes!). Doing so will ensure a reliable, flavorful harvest that offers a lot of variety and, truly, the best of both worlds.

Source: Bonnie Plants

 

Keep a Case® in Your Pocket

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Argyle Feed & Hardware now carries a great selection of Case® knives. Case knives are premium pocket knives hand-crafted with care. When you purchase a Case pocket knife, you are investing in more than just a name, you are buying quality.

What makes a Case® knife different?

Made In The U.S.A. Since 1889 every Case Knife is made with pride in the United States.

Hand-Crafted. Every knife is hand crafted by the most skilled artisans and cutlers in the business.

160 steps. Each knife takes over 160 manufacturing processes to complete.

Tradition. Case knives are cherished possessions passed down through generations and hand crafted to stand the test of time.

Tested XX. A symbol of Case’s commitment to quality which can be traced back to the early days when blades were tempered and tested not just once (X), but twice (XX).

Collectable. 19,000 plus members of the Case Collectors Club attest to the fact that Case knives are the most collected knives in the world.

Natural Handles. Case stretches to the far corners of the earth to find the finest natural handle materials available.

Premium Knives. Case is dedicated to making the everyday tool into a valuable treasure for discerning men and women who want more than just a knife.

Experience. Case has been making pocketknives since 1889. With over a century of experience, we know how to make a premium pocketknife.

Whether you are looking for a small or large knives for a variety of uses, Argyle Feed & Hardware is the best source in Denton County and North Central Texas for quality knives. Visit us today— our knowledgable staff can help you select the best knife product for you.

To learn more about our wide selection of knives, please click here to visit our contact page. We are more than happy to answer your questions!

Grand Opening Weekend April 18th & 19th

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

 

Argyle Feed Store Grand OpeningArgyle & Denton Country residents can head on over to Argyle Feed Store this weekend for family fun. Argyle Feed Store is celebrating their Grand Opening with a weekend of festivities and store specials on both Saturday and Sunday, April 18 & 19th. The store will feature specials hours both days, open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. It’s fun for the entire family, including your pets!

The grand opening event will include face painting, a balloon maker, bounce house and special savings on pet foods and more. Free hamburgers and hot dogs cooked on our Traeger grills will be available between 11 am and 2pm each day! Don’t forget to enter for our 2 great prize giveaways, a $500 gift card to the store and a year’s supply of animal feed (up to $500 in total value).

Argyle Feed Store’s new 10,900-square-foot store is located at FM 407 and FM 1830 and offers everything from animal and pet supplies to hardware and sporting goods to lawn and garden supplies and more. The wide porch entrance features seasonal items, right now you will find a large selection of garden items and plants. Inside the store visitors can easily find what they are looking for – whether alfalfa and hay for their stock or a handful of nuts and bolts for their latest building project. Case knives, Yeti coolers, gas and propane, bird houses, deer feeders and windmills are among the many items available.

Visit Argyle Feed Store’s grand opening this weekend!

 

 

 

Argyle Feed Has Standlee Hay Products

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Argyle Feed & Hardware is your Denton County distributor of Standlee Forage Products.  Since 1981, Standlee has grown the highest quality sun-cured western forages. Standlee farms produce Alfalfa, Timothy, Orchard Grass and Alfalfa Mixed Premium Western Forages in the fertile volcanic soils of Southern Idaho.

Right now, Standlee is offering a limited time coupon good for $1.25 off any bagged or baled product. Download the coupon here and use it for your next purchase of Standlee products at Argyle Feed & Hardware.

Here’s a short video on how to feed Standlee’s 50 lb. compressed bales to your horses: