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More new varieties for the home veggie garden

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Pouring over the seed catalogs and websites a dedicated gardener cannot help but wish that they only had more gardening space and time to work in it. There are so many new and interesting varieties of veggies available.

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Here are just a few which caught our eye.

“Amaize” corn is displayed in the primary picture and seems to be a phenomenal white sweet corn. It has received plenty of ink and all of it seems to be positive.

Now, white sweet corn has the nutritional value, in general, of aluminum foil but that is not why we eat it – and grow it. We do so because it is just delicious and is a part of summer fun. So be it.

(We’ll just eat extra kale to make up for our transgression)

It takes but 77 days to mature, and produces 9” ears. 100 seeds are $6.95.

The seeds are available from Burpee seeds; the corn itself is available from quality retailers like Lund’s and Byerly’s. Other retailers can be found at the Amaize website.

Johnny’s Seeds brings us three newcomers.

Sorbet” watermelon is a nearly round 6 to 10 pound melon with good disease resistance and a ten day turnaround time. Ten seeds are $7.95.

“Helenor” rutabaga; we seldom hear of a new rutabaga and while this one is touted for uniformity, making it a primarily commercial cultivar its mild sweet taste is also praised. Growth is an easy 90 days and 100 seeds are $3.65.

Rutabagas store well over winter, so why not?

Johnny’s also has a cuke so new it doesn’t even have a name yet, just a cultivar ID. It is attractive and if you have a roadside stand or swap veggies this might be hard to beat. It also has excellent downy mildew resistance.

Fifty six days to maturity a packet of 30 seeds is $3.65.

Gurney’s Seeds brings us a fascinating winter squash, the Argonaut butternut. It is touted as sweeter than Waltham, an eight month keeper, and weighing up to 25 pounds!

The downside in some zones is the 140 day maturation time. Twenty five seeds are $3.99.

New item in the veggie garden; sometimes they are disappointing, sometimes a delight but they are always interesting. Good luck with yours.

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