The Best Garden Seed for Spring 1997

Mort Mather shares his favorite picks for best garden seed for spring 1997, includes seed variety suggestions for eggplant, zucchini, corn, beets, peas, tomatoes, pole beans, broccoli, radishes and melons.



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The only way to make a true comparison is to plant several varieties that are comparable and see that they are treated alike.
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Our 1996 garden. Dead center in the foreground are four rows of Nantes half-long carrots, and another four rows are in the back to the right. To the right of the carrot patch is a row of potatoes. To their rigid a a row of Prodder green beans. To the left of the carrots and behind the owl is a tent of Romano pole beans. Opposite page: A fine example of our Elondo eggplant.
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Condor zucchini. Note how easy it is to see the fruit.
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Popping Lincoln peas.
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Planting seeds.
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Green Ice and Buttercrunch lettuce. The photo was taken in August, showing how well they grow in hot weather.
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The only way to make a true comparison is to plant several varieties that are comparable and see that they are treated alike.
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A broccoli variety that has especially heavy and rewarding side shoot. This is one of three varieties in a packet called George's Blend from Burpee.
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Whippersnapper red cherry tomatoes.
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Melons are cranky, ever demanding the right proportions of temperature, moisture, nutrients, and attention. Sweet Granite (above) is our first success.
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Seed packets.
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