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On The Vine

2020 Varieties: 

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Cucumber: Home-made Pickling. A great pickling cucumber, also great as a slicer or in salads.

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Cucumber: Marketmore. Slender, dark green fruits set the standard for slicing cucumbers. Amazing flavour!

Shintokiwa Cucumber:

An old Japanese variety, also known as “Tokyo Green”. A supremely sweet, bitter free 9” cuke with tender skin and few seeds. They do well on fences and trellises, saving space in the gardens. Vines are almost mildew proof and well adapted to hot, dry summers. Small fruit makes excellent pickles and set the standard for slicing cucumbers; buttery soft and sweet, never bitter.

YAMATO EXTRA LONG CUCUMBER:

Traditional Japanese variety. The gold standard in sushi bars. Good disease and pest resistance, abundant producer of long, slender, burpless fruit. Benefits from trellis growing.

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Mouse Melon: Diminutive oval melons look like miniature watermelons and are surprisingly crunchy, with a refreshing tart taste that's great for pickles, stir fries and fresh salads! Very attractive ornamental vines are ideal for growing on a trellis. Mouse Melons (also known as Mexican Sour Gherkins) are virtually carefree, have good disease resistance and are extremely easy to grow. Very heavy yields. 60 DAYS.

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Zucchini: Costata Romanesco. Nutty flavour and firm texture distinguish this Italian heirloom. Great in stir-fry, grilled on the barbeque or whatever way you want to prepare them! Costata's also produce an abundance of male flowers, which are amazing grilled or stuffed. 

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Zucchini: Mutabile. Wow were we impressed with this zucchini. We trialed it after reading the glowing reviews by Adaptive Seeds and Turtle Tree Seeds. They didn’t exaggerate. The open, vase shaped plants yield consistently as the powdery mildew resistant plants stay healthy much longer. Cylindrical deep green fruits are easy to pick due to the plant structure and almost total lack of thorns. No more scratched zucchini. We think this is as good as or better than many of the hybrid zucchinis out there. 

Zucchini: Giallo de Italia

Delicious and oh so pretty. Squash like rich soil so be sure to amend with compost and manure.

55 days.  

Zucchini: Golden

Crisp flesh and beautiful bright yellow skin. Productive bush plants.

50-55 days.

Waltham Butternut Squash: A winter squash of excellent eating quality. Fruit is 8-10 inches long with sweet, fine grained yellow orange flesh. Ideal variety to enjoy steamed, boiled or baked. Easy to grow. 

Spaghetti Squash: Old fashioned favourite that my grandma always grew. Can store for long periods of time if properly cured.

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Table Queen Acorn Squash:

The vigorous long vines produce dark green fruit with deep orange, sweet, dry flesh that stores well. Excellent for baking. An old fashioned favorite.

90 days

Small Sugar Pumpkin:

A very old heirloom pumpkin that is still one of the best for pies! It is a most abundant bearer, rarely fails in maturing its’ crops perfectly. The orange pumpkins are 6-8 inches in diameter and average 6 pounds. The flesh is thick and sweet and perfect for pumpkin pie.

CONNECTICUT FIELD PUMPKIN

(aka Big Tom, Yankee Cow Pumpkin) Connecticut Field Pumpkin Seed is a pre 1700’s heirloom of Native American origin. The Connecticut Field Pumpkin is one of the oldest varieties still available and is the traditional pumpkin for carving. Large orange pumpkins are excellent for Jack-O-Lanterns or pies.

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Tip Top Melon: A very rare variety due to it's resistance to factory growing conditions. A very sweet orange fleshed melon, with just a hint a spice. If you've never had cantaloupe fresh from the garden, you've never really had cantaloupe! Puts supermarket varieties to shame. 

85-90 days.

KAJARI MELON:

A highlight of the growing season! The brilliant copper red fruit are striped with green and white and are simply beautiful! It’s like growing a piece of art in your garden. Not only are they beautiful, but they are early, productive and the green flesh tastes similar to honeydew! This wonderful heirloom melon is originally from central India. 70 days to maturity.

LUFFA GOURD:

Grow these squash for its fibrous flesh and when dried, you'll have the best bath sponges ever! Harvest at 2" long for delectable baby vegetables or up to 7" long for drying into sponges. Needs at least 90 days to harvest for sponges. Vines spread 12-30 feet and require trellissing.

EGGPLANT: BLACK BEAUTY

Dark purple to almost black skinned, glossy, oblong, large fruits that form early on sturdy plants. Grown for over 100 years, this heirloom is a heavy producer with up to 12 fruits per plant, but needs lots of heat. Try it under a cloche or with some plastic mulch over the soil. Even without extra help Black Beauty Organic eggplant seeds will be productive. Expect eight to ten fruits per plant. This variety performs well in containers that are five gallons or larger. Half barrels would be perfect.

Matures in 74 days.

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SWEET POTATO: GEORGIA JET

Georgia Jets matures quickly and delivers big yields. The potatoes are often huge, with dark red skin protecting the moist, very succulent bright orange flesh.

Easy to grow and nutritious, sweet potatoes also store well. Set these plants 12 to 15 inches apart in 3-foot rows in a sunny, well-drained spot. The leaves are very tasty and high in 85 days from transplant.

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