Jardin Seed Company and Conor Fitzpatrick, founder of MiniFarmBox, have collaborated to present Conor’s Picks Planting Menu, six vegetables that are personal favorites, suitable for the home garden or container garden
Jardin Seed Company and Conor Fitzpatrick, founder of MiniFarmBox, have collaborated to present Conor’s Picks Planting Menu, six vegetables that are personal favorites, suitable for the home garden or container garden. Each variety is part of the Jardin Seed Library, the first comprehensive collection of heirloom, open-pollinated and non-genetically modified seeds specially selected for the home gardener, and the organic garden. This collection includes the Argenteuil Asparagus, Buttercrunch Lettuce, Royal Burgundy Bush Bean, Sweet Marketmore Cucumber, Sharlyn Melon and Sugar Snap Pea.
The Sharlyn Melon was cultivated in southern France, Northern Italy and Algeria as early as the late fifteenth century. It resembles an elongated cantaloupe and has netted skin with tan and yellow-orange coloring, greenish-orange rind, and white flesh. It is very juicy and sweet, with a flavor between a honeydew and cantaloupe. As with many summer melon varieties, the Sharlyn thrives in a hot, dry climate. Sharlyn melons have a short shelf-life and should be eaten within a week of being harvested when ripe, that makes them a perfect variety to grow in the home garden.
Buttercrunch is a heat-resistant lettuce variety that produces dark green leaves and a compact head. It’s a flavorful, reliable variety that is slow to bolt.
Peas have been a staple since ancient times and have been cultivated for over 5,000 years.
Sugar Snap Peas produce fat, crisp, stringless pods in pairs along the climbing vines, and each pod is filled with sweet round peas. These peas are so sweet and crunchy you can eat them straight off the vine. Try them in salads, dips, or lightly steamed.
The Royal Burgundy Bush Bean is a stringless, tender bean with 5 to 6 inch pods that change from purple to dark green while cooking, providing a built-in blanching indicator. Violet-purple outside and bright green inside, it is fun for kids to grow and has great flavor.
With buckskin colored seeds, Royal Burgundy is beautifully striking and has a rich, delicious bean flavor. The plants grow upright, reaching 18 to 24 inches tall, holding their pencil-shaped pods off the ground. Like its predecessor, Royalty Purple Pod, Royal Burgundy performs exceptionally well under cool conditions.
The health benefits of beets have been documented for centuries. High in electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphorous), they also contain vitamins A and C as well as niacin. The Betaines in the beet juice stimulate the liver and are considered one of the most powerful cleansing vegetables you can eat.
The Chioggia Beet, named for a fishing town near Venice, Italy, was first introduced to American gardeners in the late 1840s. From above ground, the plant looks like an ordinary beet; it’s within the beet root where its unique beauty resides. Chioggias are probably the most striking of beets, with beautiful flesh that has alternating red and white concentric rings resembling a bull’s eye.
Moon & Stars is a magical melon; the dark-green and yellow speckled skin evokes a living galaxy. The flesh is luscious, light-red and juicy and the seeds are brown. The fruit is 8 to 12 inches in diameter and weighs 10 to 15 pounds. This famous heirloom matures quickly, but only holds for a short time. Its origins are unclear, but it was available in seed catalogs in the early 20th century. For some reason it was forgotten for decades, then in 1981 it was rediscovered on a farm in Missouri by Kent Whealy, co-founder of the Seed Savers Exchange.