MOM's gardening expert tests the new introductions and
tells us what we'll reap when we
by Brent Elswick
Never, in close to 20 years of gardening, has my plot
produced as abundantly as it did last summer. And that
achievement came as a bit of a surprise to me, because the
weather in our mountain valley in eastern Kentucky was
either extremely hot or downright cold, and ranged from
very wet to very dry. In short, 1982 didn't offer what I'd
consider ideal gardening conditions!
I'm inclined, therefore, to attribute my success to the
fact that I had more outstanding new varieties to include
in last year's trials than I've ever had before. And those
cultivars produced so well (despite the "off" summer) that
my family had all the fresh vegetables we could eat, can,
and freeze ... and plenty left over to give away.
Here's a rundown on the backyard producers that promise to
be tops in your garden for '83.
Although I usually plant my early crops in February, I was
forced — by extreme cold — to
wait until mid-March to put out the coolweather lovers,
such as peas. Despite that late start, however, my garden
produced an abundant harvest of the early bloomers.
Folks who are familiar with succulent Sugar Snap peas will
be glad to know that there are now three dwarf
varieties ... and the new cultivars require no staking!
Check with Henry Field (and others) for the earliest and
most compact of the trio, Sugar Bon. This plant's vines
reach only 18" to 24" high, but are extremely productive.
The second ,"midget" to mature, Sugar Mel, sports prolific
24" to 28" vines. And Sugar Rae, the latest bloomer of the
bunch, matures at much the same time as does the original
Sugar Snap, but its loaded vines are only about half as
tall. (You can purchase either of the latter two varieties
from Gurney Seed & Nursery.)
Thompson & Morgan is also offering a snap pea similar
to the dwarf strains just mentioned. The firm's Edula
matures a few days before Sugar Snap and yields a profusion
of crisp, sweet peas on 26" determinate vines. And Sweet
Snap, a new semidwarf cultivar . that's available from
several sources, not only has all the attributes of the
other introductions, but also displays remarkable
resistance to powdery mildew, legume yellows, and virus ...
three of the most devastating pea diseases. Dwarf White
Sugar, a new offering from Vermont Bean Seed Company, is
anoth er definite winner in the snow and sugar pea
category. It's the most productive variety of this type
that I've ever grown ... and has excellent resistance to
Those of you living in the northern regions will want to
try out Gurney's Pacemaker ... a sweet, high-quality Alaska
variety. This new 'wilt-resistant pea produces a huge
canning crop ... and is said to thrive despite cold, damp
weather. (In fact, no matter where you live, you'd
do well to sow an extra-early crop of this fine new
One of the very best peas for freezing is Multistar, from T
& M. While it matures pretty late (in 75 days), its 30"
vines produce an incredible harvest of super-sweet peas.
Don't overlook this one!
If you read my reviews of last year's new
varieties (MOTHER NO. 74, page 54), you might remember my
mentioning the Novella pea, a "leafless" sort. Well, this
year's offerings include two new cultivars of that type:
Bikini (T & M) and Lacy Lady (Henry Field, and Vermont
Bean Seed Company). The 34" plants concentrate more on pod
development than on leaf making, and the intertwining
tendrils characteristic of this strain support one another
and keep the abundant crop well off the ground. Both
require 65 days to produce a harvest of quality,
Finally, for those of you who enjoy southern field peas,
there are a couple of dandies to consider. I especially
like Dixielee, an edible-podded offering (from
Wyatt-Quarles Seed Company) that's extremely resistant to
nematode attack. Another good choice is Zipper Cream (H.G.
Hastings & Company). As its name implies, the cultivar
has a "zipper" string that makes shelling a cinch. The
compact, bushy plants produce tasty, creamy white peas that
are table-ready in 75 days.
Soon after the peas go into the ground, I'm ready to sow my
first lettuce bed. Last spring, the best of the bunch was
Burpee Seed Company's Red Salad Bowl. Since I've always
considered Salad Bowl to be the top-of-the-line leaf
lettuce, I was delighted to see that this firm had come up
with a scarlet-hued variation. Burpee also offers Royal Oak
Leaf, a great improvement over the older Oak Leaf. This
cultivar is well suited to hot-weather growing, and its
leaves are thick, tasty, tender, and ready to eat in 50
days. And be sure to leave some space for Sweetie, which is
one honey of a leaf lettuce! This offering from Gurney and
Henry Field tastes something like the famed Butterhead
variety, and if its leaves are kept harvested, it'll
produce right on into the summer.
Other lettuces deserving honorable mention are T & M's
Erthel (also called Crisp Mint), a sweet, crisp-textured
Romaine that's extremely heat-resistant ... and Salinas
(from T & T Seeds, Ltd., the fine Canadian firm), which
is one of the very best crisphead lettuce varieties yet
developed (it's even resistant to tipburn, a problem with
most other head types).
I plant my radishes right in the lettuce bed ... and this
year's trials unearthed some stellar garden additions.
Cherry Beauty (T & M and Twilley) is one of the few
hybrids, and its sweet, tender, bright red roots will
mature before you know it if you don't keep a keen eye out!
If you prefer white radishes, try Pa
— a Japanese-European cross that has long
(6- to 8") Icicle-type roots that're crunchy, tender, and
spicy — from George W. Park Seed Company.
Vermont Bean's Tama is a hybrid that's similar to Pax in
appearance, but it's a cold-weather cultivar that's best
planted in late summer. The 18" — long white
roots are smooth, tender, and crisp ... and they'll keep
well into the winter.
When I plant my lettuces and radishes, I also sow a bed of
greens. One of the most spectacular offerings this year is
Green-in-the-Snow from T & M. A centuries-old culinary
delight that was recently "rediscovered" in China, this
crop will withstand extremely cool conditions and
still produce tender, spicy, mustard-flavored leaves. It's
definitely worth a trial ... especially in regions where
the climate tends to be cold and damp.
Northrup-King (through Liberty Seeds) is making available a
superior new hybrid mustard — Savannah
— that's prized for its fast growth and
fresh green foliage. Not a curled type, this cultivar
resembles the Tendergreen varieties, and is highly tolerant
of cold and heat.
If a prize were to be given for the quickest-to-mature
green, it'd have to go to Dwarf Essex rape, from Porter
& Son, Seedsmen. This mild potherb matures in only
three weeks, and will keep on producing if it's
Spinach lovers can choose from two new varieties this year.
Vermont Bean has Benton Number 2 Hybrid, a Japanese
cultivar that's disease-resistant, quite tasty, and
somewhat heat-tolerant. And the other excellent offering is
T & M's Monnopa. This "Popeye green" is unique among
spinach strains in that it is low in oxalic acid. (For this
reason, Monnapa is often used in baby food.) And since
oxalic acid is thought to be responsible for the bitterness
sometimes noted in this green, T & M's contender is
especially sweet and delicately flavored.
Park's Swiss Chard of Geneva is as distinguished a variety
as its lengthy name seems to imply. The thick
stalks of this tasty green can be served up like
asparagus, and the cold - hardy plant will thrive
year round in moderate climes.
Still other greens worth noting are Park's Hicrop collard
(the flavor of the 15" hybrid is both mild and sweet) ...
Spurt, a variety of kale from Thompson & Morgan (it's
so good it can be eaten raw!) ... and Twilley's All Top
turnip green (this one's small root is inedible, but the
abundant green tops are delicious).
THE UNDERGROUND HARVEST
A couple of weeks before the last expected frost date, I
like to plant carrots and beets. The most productive beet
in my 1982 trials was Red Baron from Ferry-Morse. Its
uniform round shape and lovely color make it especially
attractive for canning. Best of All (J.W. Jung) isn't
really a new variety, but the delicious, deep red
roots of this "baby" canning beet don't get nearly the
attention they deserve. Yet another noteworthy variety is
Sangria ... a juicy red, early-to-mature, and slow-to-bolt
offering from Petoseed. Thompson & Morgan's Albina
Vereduna, a new white beet, also performed well last
summer. Its sweet, rich flesh was even better in quality
than that of the "reds", and the curly tops made delicious
Among carrots, the variety Planet (Stokes) was by far the
most unusual in my trials. Its 1-1/2' -diameter,
globe-shaped roots are excellent for wholepack canning. And
— going to the other end of the spectrum
— T & M's Zino was the largest
carrot I've ever grown that still had good eating quality:
The 10"long Brobdingnagian weighs in at around 3 to 4
pounds, and — in humus-rich soil
— it's not uncommon to get 10-pound
specimens! Give it a try if you're looking for a good
One of the very best Imperator types to come along is
Cutlass, from Liberty Seeds. The 10"-long, slender carrot
is uniform in size, lovely in color, sweet-tasting, and
tender ... but, like all in this class, it must
have loose, sandy soil if it's to do well.
For years most gardeners have agreed that the best-quality
carrots are those of the Nantes type ... and Vermont Bean
Seed Company's Bonanza Hybrid is one of the most nearly
perfect Nantes ever developed. The reddish orange 8" roots
have an extra-sweet flavor that's ideal for all uses.
Turnips are another crop that I like to get in the ground
before the soil warms up. Last year, Twilley's Royal Globe
II (a greatly improved Purple Top White Globe type) matured
into the most attractive turnip I've ever grown. For
quality, though, none equals Liberty's White Knight Hybrid.
While this prizewinner takes two weeks longer than most
varieties to become table-ready, it is by far the tastiest,
and remains free of any bitter flavor longer than most. If
you're interested in an early maturer, try the sweet, mild,
white roots of Herbst's White Express (the greens of this
one are delicious, too).
Only one new potato variety did well for me last year:
Crystal (from Gurney). Grown from sets, it produced large
yields of oblong white tubers with clear skin ... and the
vigorous plants resist late blight and scab.
I've always found growing onions from seed to be one of the
most rewarding of all gardening endeavors, and nurturing
1982's crop was no exception. Check with the folks at
Gurney and Henry Field for Owa, an especially pretty yellow
onion that's sweet and mild. However, as with all torpedo
varieties, this one doesn't keep well. On the other hand,
Zodiak — a Spanish onion from T & T
— is a surprisingly good keeper, and the
brown-skinned, medium-sized bulbs are firm and sweet. For
even better keeping quality, though, try Autumn Glo ... an
Olds introduction. This cultivar's attractive globes mature
early, too, making them ideal for marketing purposes.
ROLL CALL FOR COLE CROPS
I try to be honest in these reviews of the new varieties,
and for the second year in a row, I must admit that few
cole crops performed up to my expectations. Part of the
problem could be that I waited a little longer than usual
before setting out the plants ... and hot, dry weather set
in soon thereafter. A few seeds, however, did well enough
to be worthy of mention.
The best of the lot was Prime Time cabbage, a new
Ferry-Morse variety offered by Midwest Seed Growers. The
plant's 4-pound, silvery blue green heads mature in
midseason (72 days) and have exceptionally good interior
quality. This one is a sure winner for your 1983 garden.
Hancock Hybrid from Jung was another midseason arrival. It
exhibited excellent diseaseresistance, and the heads were
equally tasty for slaw in stews, or as sauerkraut. Erdeno
(by Sluis & Groot) proved to be as fine a producer of
3to 4-pound heads as it was in my 1981 trials, growing
better than most cabbages do in the heat of summer. Two
final entries, Green Parade from Burpee (it has a lovely
green hue) and Tuffy No. 15 from Herbst (fine quality with
multiple disease-resistance), did quite well ... and I
intend to try them again this summer.
First prize in the cauliflower category went to Thompson
& Morgan's Dok Elgon. This highly recommended
variety-with its self wrapping leaves and tasty heads
— is about as close to a perfect plant as
possible, having stood up to trials worldwide. And a
noteworthy hot-weather, self-wrapping type for
summer planting is Stovepipe, offered by both
Johnny's Selected Seeds and Gurney.
Also from Johnny's is Cape Queen, a sturdy broccoli hybrid
that produces a high yield of tender, blue green shoots.
And you'll want to try Burpee's Bonanza Hybrid, noted for
the large number of side heads it produces after
the initial harvest.
Titurel, a hybrid from Sluis & Groot, was the
only variety of brussels sprouts that performed
well in my '82 trials. The medium - tall plants
matured quite early ... however, I did have to
fight off the harlequin bugs to get to the succulent,
well-shaped little heads. This one's a dandy for folks who
savor the delicate taste of these "mini-cabbages".
It's well known that tomatoes are the most popular
home-garden crop, and — with all the
wonderful varieties to choose from — I can
easily understand why. I can't possibly list all
the new arrivals that did well for me last summer, but
there were a few that stood out, even among that impressive
First of all, I'd be hard-put to find a better
early tomato than Goldsmith's Quick Pick. This
sure winner (which is also offered by Park) is the
most disease-resistant — it's protected
against verticillium and fusarium wilt, nematodes, and
tobacco mosaic virus — of the early-maturing
varieties (it needs only 50 days to be table-ready). And
the medium-sized fruits — produced on
indeterminate vines — are meaty, firm, and
tasty. Sprinter (Twilley) is another stellar early hybrid
that bears small but sweet fruit all summer (and right up
to the first frost). Stokes Pak VFN (from Stokes, of
course) also did well for me, bearing large, firm fruits
that would be ideal for shipping or marketing. And if
you're a canner, you'll want to try Porter's Pride (from
the company of that name). The small (3-ounce), vivid red
globes on this plant are perfect for canning whole.
Big Pick (offered by both Goldsmith and Park) won the
honors among the midseason varieties. Carrying the
same disease resistance as its smaller companion, Quick
Pick, Big Pick will give you about as large and tasty a
tomato (averaging 11 ounces) as you can eat. And if you're
looking for a prolific picker that's good for both canning
and marketing, you won't beat Caracas Hybrid VFN,
an offering from Sluis & Groot.
The busy folks at Petoseed have come up with two new
midseason tomatoes this year, Baron and President. Of the
pair, Baron matures sooner and President has larger fruit.
And-not one to be left out of the action-As-grow has made
available three new garden varieties: Tempo (it's the
earliest of the three, and it has large fruit on compact
vines) ... Sunny (it produced medium-sized globes on a
taller plant) ... and Vista (this was the last to ripen,
but the tall plants were loaded with bright red
fruit). Each member of the trio is quite resistant to
disease and highly recommended.
I discovered two excellent canning varieties in my
trials last summer: Royal Chico (from Herbst and others)
yielded an unbelievably large harvest of small pear-type
scarlet tomatoes ... and Peto 13, a larger "pear" from
Petoseed, was loaded with tasty canners all summer. For
folks with limited space, Goldsmith's Patio Prize was the
best of the small compact varieties. This new offering is a
definite improvement over the older Patio tomato, with
larger fruit on more productive plants.
PICK A PECK OF PEPPERS
There was no question as to which pepper took the prize
last summer: Skipper (from Asgrow) stood head and shoulders
above the others. The big four-lobed peppers are thick and
tasty, and not only do they mature fairly early, but they
also produce right up to the first frost. (Close contenders
were Pro-Bell from Twilley and Big Belle from FerryMorse.)
When it comes to looks, though, I'd have to say that the
prettiest pepper in my trials was the recent
All-America Award winner, Gypsy (offered by many seed
houses). This variety's 3" to 4" tapered fruits turned a
lovely yellow when mature, and were extremely sweet. Sluis
& Groot's Golden Asti is another beauty, bearing more
typical bell-shaped peppers for some superb eating. Other
promising sweet varieties are Naples — a
long, highquality, frying type from Stokes —
and Blue Star from Asgrow.
One of the more interesting hot pepper newcomers is
Burpee's Zippy Hybrid. This mild cayenne type is great for
flavoring soups, salads, and sauces. For a spicier bite,
try T & M's Antler, a superior hot hybrid, or Taco from
Herbst. (This one's 3" fruits will all but set you
on fire!) Finally, the largest hot pepper
to produce well was Numex Big Jim (Burrell and Gurney), a
good choice for drying.
Before leaving the pepper plot, let me mention a companion
... the eggplant. Only two varieties did well for me last
summer: Beauty Hybrid (by Petoseed, and available through
Park) and Giniac (from Sluis & Groot). Both are early
producers of quality fruit, with the main difference being
the shape of the vegetables (Beauty is nearly round,
whereas Giniac is quite elongated).
FAVORITES FROM THE CORNFIELD
Being something of a gambler by nature, I like to plant a
patch or two of corn a couple of weeks earlier than normal,
in hopes that the weather will warm up in time. Luckily,
last year's hot weather came in soon after I'd sown those
seeds, and the two varieties I'd chosen performed superbly.
One of these "experiments" was by far the most delicious
cultivar to grace my garden in '82: Pride And Joy sweet
corn, a bicolor available from both Olds and Liberty. I
simply can't say enough about this one! The 8-1/2"-long
ears mature a little behind the earlier varieties (taking
72 to 75 days), but the 14 rows of kernels you'll then sink
your teeth into are well worth waiting for. Even the leaves
of this sturdy plant — which have an
attractive purple hue in their midribs and borders
— are exceptional. This is the best
bicolor variety I've seen yet, and it promises to become
one of the most popular and widely grown among all sorts of
Another bicolor, one that I think deserves trial again in
'83, is Symphony from Harris. The combination of standard
and super-sweet characteristics makes this cultivar a
delicious treat. (You'd do best to plant it in warmed soil,
Early Star, from Midwest Seeds, was — as you
may remember — a contender in the 1981
trials, and it did well again last year as the "other"
early-planted corn. This quick crop per is a good, vigorous
variety for spring planting in cold, damp climates.
Two fine new white corn varieties are being
offered this year. Snow Queen EH from Henry Field and
Gurney, the first white EH (the initials stand for
"everlasting heritage" and mean that the corn will retain
its sweetness for up to two weeks after maturity), is best
compared to the popular Kandy Korn, a delicious super-sweet
hybrid. The large plump ears on this strong plant have an
unforgettable flavor ... it's definitely a rising
star! The other outstanding new white corn was Silver
Prince from Harris. This contender to the famous Silver
Queen's crown has a few features not offered by the
well-known matriarch ... including an earlier
maturity date, a sturdier plant, and the ability to sprout
in cold, damp soil.
If you hanker for yellow sweet corn, you'll want
to try Tendertreat EH, an exceptionally sweet "keeper"
available from Twilley and Henry Field. Pennfresh ADX (a
fine supersweet from Agway) is yet another yellow dandy,
and one that stood up well during its sec ond year
of trial in 1982.
This spring's offerings include quite a few excellent
conventional yellow varieties, too: Medallion (an 80-day
cultivar from Rogers) ... Mellow Yellow (an
improved jubilee from Ferry-Morse) ... Mevak (a
disease-resistant winner from Asgrow) ... and
Marada (another Asgrow introduction). Rogers' 2327 and
Target A from Ferry-Morse were two other yellow hybrids
that grew well and deserve further trial.
Our family has never been blessed with such an abundance of
squash—summer and winter types—as it
was in 1982. At least a dozen fine zucchini varieties
performed well. Asgrow's Dusk was one of the best, with
slim, dark green fruits. A similar variety is a FerryMorse
offering, Onyx, which is also listed by T & M. The
blackish fruits of this productive plant are quite long and
slender. One of the more interesting new zucchinis is
Servane from Sluis & Groot. Its medium-green speckled
fruits are cylindrical—but not as long or slim as the
other two I've mentioned—and are excellent for use in
breads and cakes.
Two summer squash that I found to be well worth growing are
both from Petoseed: Gold Crest, an excellent yellow
straightneck ... and Peter Pan, a light green
frying type that became our family's favorite.
A pair of new winter squash varieties warrant mention this
year: Butterbush, a compact butternut, and Early Acorn
(both from Burpee). And one older type performed
so well that I must call your attention to it. You might
remember Waltham Butternut, an All-America Award winner
from several years ago that's available from many seed
suppliers. Well (though I hate to admit it), I never did
get around to growing that squash until last summer
... and now I'm convinced that if ever a
variety deserved an award, this fantastic butternut did!
I've never seen a winter squash of any type
produce so well (on one plant alone, I counted more than 25
perfect fruits!) or have such superior quality. If you
haven't given this one a try, I urge you to do so this
About the same time that our summer squash is planted
(around May 1), I like to get the cucumbers going. And the
honors this time go to Sweet Success, the All-America Award
winner by Petoseed. This cross between the fine Sweet Slice
and the older burpless types produces 8" to 9" fruits of
unsurpassed quality. You can be sure that this one's a
future star of the cuke world and will be listed by
many leading companies! Two other tasty burpless
varieties are Euro-American, offered by Goldsmith and Park,
and Coolgreen from Asgrow.
Pacer, a disease-resistant hybrid from Harris, was the best
slicing cuke in my garden last summer ...
and Flurry, an Asgrow introduction with atractive 4"
fruits, was tops among the picklers, with Sluis &
Groot's Salvo—a fine producer—coming in a close
There's recently been a great deal of interest in compact
cuke varieties, and last summer I grew two such "midgets".
Spacermaster is all that Burpee claims it to be
... and possibly a bit more. The dwarf plants are
mosaic-resistant and produce 7" to 8" fruits in abundance.
Goldsmith's Bush Crop, now also offered by Burrell, is of
THE BEST BEANS
Last summer's spurts of cold weather didn't make for an
award-winning bean crop, but a few cultivars came
through the season with flying colors, despite their
somewhat chilly start. Asgrow has brought out three
exceptional bush varieties, all of which mature in about 50
days. Flo, the first of these, shows excellent disease
resistance, and its tasty 5-1/2" pods should market well.
Win is a processing bean that rivals Early Gallatin, the
leader in that class. The other fine Asgrow variety (also
offered by Hastings) is Eagle, a bean that should be
especially popular with southern growers for canning and
freezing. And when it comes to quality and taste, Rogers'
Coloma is tops on our family's list.
A truly unusual bean for 1983 is Cheverbel by T
& M. This triple-purpose 55-day cultivar is delicious
when used as a snap bean, or fixed like limas, or dried for
use in soups! Look for Gourmet from Twilley to be a real
leader of the bean pack, though. This disease-resistant
legume is an exceptional producer of delicious beans for
whole-pod canning or French-style slicing.
Other highly recommended beans for your '83 garden are
sweet-flavored Garrafel Oro (T & M), a prolific pole
variety, and Seafarer (Porter and Johnny's), a hardy navy
A MULTITUDE OF MELONS
It seemed as if every seed company came out with new melon
varieties last year ... and I can recommend some
banner selections for 1983. Asgrow offers a trio of fine
hybrid cantaloupes: Harmony, the first of its introductions
to mature, yields large 4-pound fruits in only three
months, and it's followed by Don Juan, a lovely
football-shaped melon with tremendous taste. Chando, though
the last of the new dandies to mature, is a superb
Charantais type with small, sweet fruit of excellent
If your garden spot is small, you'll be glad to know that
there are several compact cantaloupes to choose from this
season. The best of these is probably Burpee's Sweet 'n
Early Hybrid, which produces six to eight tasty 2-pound
'loupes per plant ... in about 75 days. Two
similar varieties are Scoop Hybrid (Park) and Musketeer (a
hybrid from Park and Goldsmith).
Those who favor the honeydews should give Honeydrip (by
Herbst and Park) a try. This earlymaturing melon is as
sweet as nectar! And while Golden Beauty casaba by
Herbst and Burrell isn't actually a new offering,
its large, sugary fruits deserve attention from gardeners
in areas with long growing seasons.
To round out this list, here are two white-fleshed
melon varieties that performed well last year: Israeli by
Porter (a disease-resistant cultivar with large, aromatic
fruits) and T & M's Gaylia (this one matures before
Israeli and is suited to cooler climes).
My watermelons grew well in '82, too, and there are several
new varieties to choose from this year. Petoseed offers two
of the best, Royal Jubilee and Prince Charles. Like its
parent, Jubilee, Royal Jubilee is a steady producer of
large oblong fruits, and the hybrid plants are vigorous and
disease-resistant. Prince Charles is a smaller, more
prolific hybrid of the famed Charleston Grey, and its
bright red flesh is lip-smacking good! Look for both
introductions in many of the '83 catalogs.
Asgrow offers two fine watermelons as well. Madera is an
early-maturing medium-sized melon with excellent quality
and disease resistance, while the bright red, sugary flesh
of Perola is a sure bet for roadside markets. If you're
hankering for a compact melon, Petoseed's Sweet
Baby is one of the most prolific midgets yet developed.
Some other "minis" to look for this spring are Baby Fun
(Petoseed), Sugar Bush (Burpee), and Bush Baby (Park).
A COVEY OF CULTIVARS
Finally—if you can find just a little more
space in your garden—there are a few other standouts
from the 1982 trials that shouldn't be overlooked. I was
delighted with the performance of Flare rhubarb (Gurney and
Field), Grand Beurre artichoke (T & M), Dimant (T &
M) and Green Giant (Johnny's) celery, Sunbird Hybrid
sunflower (Burpee), Gold Coast Dwarf okra (Porter), and
California 500 asparagus (Henry Field).
A considerable number of fine berries warranted review, as
well ... including Dormanred raspberry from
Hastings (this one makes a terrific pie!) ...
Tayberry (a blackberry/redraspberry cross from Henry Field)
... and Red Honey strawberry (again, from Field).
Park's Big Red strawberry makes for excellent eating, too,
and Luscious Lady (Gurney) and Shortcake (Burpee) are a
pair of the better new everbearing varieties.
THE BEST BETS
With such an impressive selection of new cultivars (and
time-tested old standbys) in the seed catalogs this year,
you're sure to reap an abundant harvest from your 1983
garden ... especially if you sow the
following "can't miss" varieties: Red Salad Bowl lettuce
... Prime Time cabbage ... Pride And Joy
sweet corn ... Gold Crest and Peter Pan summer
squash ... Sweet Success and Euro-American
cucumbers ... Chando cantaloupe ... Royal
jubilee watermelon ... Gourmet green beans
... Big Pick, Quick Pick, Caracas, Baron, and
Tempo tomatoes ... Skipper pepper ... Waltham Butternut
winter squash ... and Big Red strawberries.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Most of the varieties mentioned in this
article can be found at seed and garden suppliers, or they
can be ordered by mail directly from the seed companies.
The addresses of many of the firms noted here are listed in
"MOM's 1983 Seed Company 'Wishbook' Guide" (No. 79, page 26
... see page 148 to order back issues).