each year we like to try a number of new-to-us varieties.
often they’re recommended by a gardening friend or CSA shareholder.
or we’ll see something interesting in the market, give it a taste, and decide to grow it ourselves!
the experimenting and trialing is good, clean fun.
during the catalog season, I’m always happily reminded of this quotation from:
The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love. Kristin Kimball. 2010.
(page 119) …. “If it had been left up to me, we would have grown one of everything from the catalogs that year. In the winter squash section alone, I underlined twelve intriguing varieties, including Candy Roaster, Turk’s Turban, Pink Banana, and something called Galeux d’Eysines, which the text told me meant “embroidered with pebbles.” The herb sections made me completely nuts. How could you not order one packet each of saltwort, sneezewort, motherwort, and Saint-John’s-wort, plus a sample of mad-dog skullcap, which the text said was once a folk remedy for rabies? At a buck a pop, how could you go wrong? The whole trick of seed catalogs is that they come into the house in the winter, when everything still seems possible and the work of growing things is too far in front of you to be seen clearly.”
here’re some of the new-to-us’s for 2016: