fascinated by the many new varieties of vegetables that are introduced every year

fascinated by the many new varieties of vegetables that are introduced every year

The plant and seed catalogs began to arrive in late November and are still dripping in. I will review them all at some point, but so far I’m focusing on the companies I most often order seeds from – Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Territorial Seed Company, Burpee, Pinetree Garden Seeds, Park Seeds, John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

I have inventoried my seed remnants so I know what to reorder. It turns out that most of my favorite varieties are exhausted, so it’s going to be a big order this season. I will add four or five new varieties that look promising and report the results of these trials. It still fascinates me that so many new vegetables are introduced every year. This year’s catalogs present new varieties of cauliflower, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, kale, corn, eggplant, lettuce, kale, kohlrabi, melons, onions, pumpkins, radishes, squash and tomatoes. We absolutely need a few more tomato varieties to choose from, do not we?

fascinated by the many new varieties of vegetables that are introduced every year

Catalog Reading 101 taught me years ago that NYT did not always mean that the product was a new introduction – just that it was a new offer from the company. When I weigh what new vegetables I need to grow, I try to remove all the marketing hype from the descriptions – words like beautiful, amazing, wonderful, striking, spectacular, out of this world – and focus on what really matters, like f. ex. the size of the plant and its fruit, taste profile, yield, disease resistance and days to maturity.

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