I was shopping for seed online at Pinetree Garden Seeds last night and I came across some interesting facts that influenced my choices.
These bits of information were so interesting I thought I’d pass them along to you.
What appealed to me first about this cucumber was that it doesn’t require pollination to set fruit. That makes it perfect to grow under row covers to try to keep the cucumber beetles at bay and thus extend my harvest of cukes. (This is assuming of course that the adult beetles don’t winter over in the same spot I plant and then come up beneath the covers!)
The fact that made me click the “add to cart” button was that Diva is considered a Beit Alpha type. (I had to look up what that meant first.)
From what I found Beit Alpha appears to be a very popular variety that originated in the Middle East. The 8 to 12 inch long thin-skinned beauties are very sweet with never a trace of bitterness. They are almost seedless, burpless, have high yields and a great shelf life. What’s not to love!
Pinetree gives credit to Johnny’s Selected Seeds for this 2002 All American winner.
Lutz Winter Keeper Beets
This old time variety is said to be the best for storage AND beet green harvest at any time. Since I mainly grow beets for the beet greens, that really appealed to me.
If you’ve never tried tender beet greens in your spring and summer salads you really should. If you love fresh spinach, more than likely you’ll love fresh tender beet greens.
Glean Mix Nasturtium – An Annual
Nasturtiums are fun because they’re edible. Both blossom and leaf can be added to salads for a little spice. They’re also pretty in hanging baskets and the Glean Mix plants are long enough to use for that.
But here’s the part I found most interesting. The original strain of this variety was discovered in a Mexican convent garden in the 1920’s. It became a real sensation when it’s seeds sold for 5 cents a piece in the midst of the Depression!
That little tie in with the past made me select them for my nasturtiums this year.
Golden Margerite (Anthemis Tinctoria) – A Perennial
Golden Margerite is a plant you’ll want more than one of in your garden and borders. It’s one of the best perennial herbs you can have to attract a wide range of beneficial insects. If you buy it as a plant and have to wait until it grows so you can take cuttings, you won’t have as many plants as you need the first year. Seed makes it easy and inexpensive. You get about 50 seeds to a package.
A plant with a little history or one that has a special characteristic can make gardening even more fun. Also, it makes for great conversation when you have garden visitors.
Have fun choosing! It’ll soon be time to plant.
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