Cook’s Garden Favorite. The small robust green heads are perfect for individual salads and its firm upright habit makes it great for sandwiches as well. Little Gem is the one to grow for Hearts of Romaine.
These enormous watermelons are oblong with light green stripes and are ready to harvest just 100 days after sowing. GARDEN HINTS: For early fruiting and to overcome a short growing season start seeds in a warm well-lighted indoor area 3
When the first settlers arrived in New England native Americans were growing pumpkins that looked like this one among their corn. It is the original Halloween pumpkin and makes great pies too. Fruits measure 12-20″ in diameter and weigh 15-25
Known for producing large heads and long stalks this longtime favorite is excellent for cooking fresh or freezing. The 4-6″ dark blue-green heads are arrayed with side shoots. Developed to withstand cold it performs outstandingly in the fall.
Over 100 years old this 1902 Burpee introduction was an immediate hit because the plants ripened perfect fruits dramatically earlier than other varieties. It became the common market eggplant of today. Harvested fresh however makes all the difference.
Introduced to the seed trade around 1910 this variety was brought to our shores-and our gardens-by Italian immigrants. A deliciously old-fashioned broccoli it boasts dark bluish-green central heads about 5″ across. Tall erect 30-36″ plants give way to multiple side
Heirloom. Oblong roots grow 1 3/4″ long and 3/4″ wide. Scarlet skin shades to white at base. White flesh is crisp and mildly pungent when young. Fast and easy to grow radishes are best in cool weather and planted in
With crumpled frilled edges the bright green leaves impart a mild mustardy flavor. Served raw the young leaves are tasty in salads-they’re also delicious lightly stir-fried or sauteed. Superb candidate for freezing or canning. Cold-resistant and slow to bolt the
HEIRLOOM. The standard bell pepper for many decades this 1928 introduction is still the largest open-pollinated heirloom bell you can grow. A perfect stuffing pepper-blocky 4″ x 3 1/2″ thick-walled tender and flavorful.
Touchon is still one of the finest of the Nantes-type carrots. The best for eating out of hand and free from hard fiber. This old French variety is quick-maturing to about 6″ long and 1″ across.
Luscious flavor and heavy yields of juicy sweet red fruits. Space 3′ apart in rows 6′ apart. Plants produce berries on old canes in early summer and on new canes from August to frost. Vigorous and hardy. Self-pollinating. Grows best
Asparaguses are perennial vegetables so you just plant them once and enjoy season after season of succulent spears. Seeds can be started indoors in spring for transplanting out around last frost. Bare roots can be planted as soon as they
Don’t be fooled by this heirloom’s unusual shape-these bright yellow balls are excellent for salads and pickling. They have a clean crisp taste and are never bitter. Normal-sized vines yield heavily and for a long time.
This huge heirloom beefsteak (up to 4 lb.; average 2 1/2 lb.) consistently wins taste-tests. Developed in the 1930s by a gardener who planted the four biggest varieties he knew and crossed one with pollen from the other three. He
This delicious grey-green kale is pretty enough to plant among the flowers. Much larger than regular kale (2 to 3′ tall) the stems are purplish and the leaves are shaped like big oak leaves and colored a velvety gray green.