Find out which new veggies the author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener and Groundbreaking Food Gardens is making space for in 2015.
|‘Purple Sun’ carrots. Photo courtesy of Renee Shepherd | Renee’s Garden|
‘Bear Necessities’ kale (60 days) I’m always on the lookout for new varieties of kale and this year, I will be testing a handful of new-to-me selections, including ‘Bear Necessities.’ This is a cross between Russian kale and mizuna, a mustardy Asian green (and kale cousin) with attractive serrated foliage. The result? ‘Bear Necessities’ is a super frilly kale with purple-green leaves and is said to be cold tolerant, mild flavored, and productive. In the past, I’ve found that highly serrated or extremely curly varieties of kale (like ‘Winterbor’) are less appealing to the cabbageworms. Fingers crossed!
‘Lemon Drop’ tomato (80 days) Recommended to me by Craig LeHoullier, the author of Epic Tomatoes, ‘Lemon Drop’ is an indeterminate heirloom that is said to harbor some natural resistance to tomato blight. Plus, the highly productive plants yield long chains of translucent yellow, cherry-sized fruits. The flavor is said to be sweet-tart and the plants can tolerate cool, wet climates. Sounds like a perfect fit for my Nova Scotia garden.
|‘Purple Sun’ carrot seed packet artwork courtesy of Renee Shepherd | Renee’s Garden|