{Garden Varieties}

I got my tomato, pepper, and cucumber seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (web site here), and my basil and sweet potato seeds/sprouts came from SESE last year, as did my marigolds. Here are details on the varieties I'm growing.

-Matt's Wild Cherry Tomato: [From seed collected in the wild near Hidalgo in eastern Mexico.] Plants bear loads of intensely sweet and flavorful small, deep red cherry tomatoes. Plants are vigorous, disease-resistant, and sprawling. 5/8" to 3/4" fruits borne in clusters of 7-13. Favorite at our 2007 festival!

-Mortgage Lifter Tomato: An improved version of 'Radiator Charlie's Mortgage LifterTM' which has added disease resistance, more uniform fruit, ripening to red rather than pink-red. Fruit is large, 10-14 oz, not as large as the original 'Mortgage Lifter', but much more productive. It still deserves the 'Mortgage Lifter' reputation and is one of our most productive and reliable tomatoes. Continues to bear until frost.

-Corno Di Toro Sweet Pepper: [Italian heirloom -- "Horn of the Bull"] 80 days. (green > crimson red) Extremely productive, tall plants produce so much fruit that the plant will do well with a good staking! Thin, 8-10" long fruit, slightly curved. Great flavor, good for frying and cooking. Pkt

"A promising variety for market growers or gardeners providing for their families -- keeps on producing lines of peppers on each stalk no matter what the weather." -- Radish Bruce

-Straight Eights Cucumber: Highly dependable, high yielding cucumber. Very uniform deep green 8" fruits about 2-1/2" in diameter with an exceptional flavor.

-Lemon Basil: Rare basil with deep lemon fragrance. Use for fish dishes, herb vinegars, and tea.

-Sweet Genovese Basil: A select strain of large-leaf basil. Use fresh or dried for flavoring sauces, soups, dressings, and pesto.

-French Marigold, Spanish Brocade: Yellow and gold petals splashed with red flecks. An old favorite of the Brocade class.