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Plant something new.

The best home gardens this year will include a few of the new vegetable varieties along with the old favorites.

Radishes, beets and peppers will be pretty much the same old stand-bys; some of the beans, tomatoes, onions, and squash will be recent developments. In addition, many back-yard and vacant-lot gardens will have a vegetable or two not previously planted, such as endive, broccoli and kohlrabi.

New vegetable varieties for your garden are constantly being developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state research stations and commercial seedsmen. Sometimes these are noteworthy because of their overall high quality or high productivity--these you will want to try. Sometimes they are tailor-made to lick some particular disease, or to grow specially well in certain climates or in certain soils--consider local conditions before planting these.

Tomatoes will be grown in almost every garden, be it large or small, in every state of the union. A number of good wilt-resistant varieties have been introduced within the past several years.

Snap beans are among the most profitable crops that can be grown in the small garden, being generally quite productive at one or more seasons of the year.

Sprouting broccoli, a comparatively new crop to American home gardens, is relatively easy to grow except during the hot summer months in the warmer parts of the country.

Endive is good as a fall salad plant for areas too warm for summer sowing of lettuce. A few dozen plants will keep a family well supplied with raw green stuff for weeks in the fall.
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Title Annotation:From the Archive; new vegetable varieties
Author:Marrow, Martha G.
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 11, 2012
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