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Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 61: What We’re Starting From Seed

Video: Danielle Sherry & Steve Aitken, Edited by Christine Alexander

It’s been a long winter and a less-than-stellar start to spring, so naturally we went a little overboard on the seed starting this year. While Steve purchased and started mostly flowers and ornamentals, Danielle went to town in the edibles department. And we couldn’t do an episode on seed starting without our resident expert, Fine Gardening associate editor Carol Collins, telling us all about the varieties (both edible and ornamental) she’s growing this year. We’re talking about bicolored tomatoes, flowering vines you’ve never heard of, and a variegated pepper almost too pretty to eat.

 

DANIELLE’S PLANTS

‘Mountain Rouge’ tomato (annual)

‘Black Kat’ pumpkin (annual)

‘Suyo Long’ cucumber (annual)

‘Fountain Blend’ cleome (Cleome hassleriana ‘Fountain Blend’, annual)

 

STEVE’S PLANTS

‘Alba’ California poppy (Eschscholzia californica ‘Alba’, annual)

Chocolate daisy (Berlandiera lyrata, Zones 4–10)

Long sepal penstemon (Penstemon calycosus, Zones 5–8)

‘Joan Lorraine’ asarina (Asarina scandens ‘Joan Lorraine’, Zones 9–10)

 

CAROL’S PLANTS

Borage (Borago officinalis, annual)

‘Carmen’ pepper (annual)

‘Super Sugar Snap’ pea (annual)

Cranberry beans (annual)

‘Candy Cane’ pepper (annual)

‘Bob’s Designer Mix’ pumpkin (annual)

‘Rouge d’Etampes’ Cinderella pumpkin (annual)

‘Victoria Blue’ and ‘Victoria White’ salvia (annual)

‘Sultane Mix’ strawflower (annual)

‘Buffalosun’ tomato (annual)

‘Queen Lime Mix’ zinnia (annual)

 

‘Joan Lorraine’ asarina
‘Joan Lorraine’ asarina

 

‘Queen Lime Mix’ zinnia (Photo credit: Johnny’s Selected Seeds)
‘Queen Lime Mix’ zinnia. Photo: Johnny’s Selected Seeds

 

‘Black Kat’ pumpkin (Photo Credit: New England Seed)
‘Black Kat’ pumpkin. Photo: New England Seed

 

Borage
Borage

 

 ‘Carmen’ pepper
‘Carmen’ pepper

 

Chocolate daisy
Chocolate daisy

 

‘Fountain Blend’ cleome
‘Fountain Blend’ cleome

 

Cranberry beans
Cranberry beans

 

‘Mountain Rouge’ tomato (Photo credit: All America Selections)
‘Mountain Rouge’ tomato. Photo: All America Selections

 

‘Super Sugar Snap’ pea (Photo credit: Johnny’s Selected Seeds)
‘Super Sugar Snap’ pea. Photo: Johnny’s Selected Seeds

 

Long sepal penstemon (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Long sepal penstemon. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

 

Long sepal penstemon (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Long sepal penstemon. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

 

 ‘Bob’s Designer Mix’ pumpkin (Photo credit: John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seed)
‘Bob’s Designer Mix’ pumpkin. Photo: John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seed

 

‘Rouge d'Etampes’ Cinderella pumpkin (Photo credit: John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seed)
‘Rouge d’Etampes’ Cinderella pumpkin. Photo: John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seed

 

‘Victoria Blue’ and ‘Victoria White’ salvia (Photo credit: John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seed)
‘Victoria Blue’ salvia. Photo: John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seed

 

‘Victoria Blue’ and ‘Victoria White’ salvia (Photo credit: John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seed)
‘Victoria White’ salvia. Photo: John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seed

 

‘Sultane Mix’ strawflower (Photo credit: Johnny’s Selected Seeds)
‘Sultane Mix’ strawflower. Photo: Johnny’s Selected Seeds

 

‘Suyo Long’ cucumber
‘Suyo Long’ cucumber

 

‘Buffalosun’ tomato (Photo credit: All America Selections)
‘Buffalosun’ tomato. Photo: All America Selections

 

‘Alba’ California poppy (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
‘Alba’ California poppy. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

 

 

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  1. user-7424838 04/26/2020

    Iny our list of What We're Planting,‘Candy Cane’ pepper (a charming annual, Carol's plants) is mislabeled as Long sepal penstemon (Penstemon calycosus, Zones 5-Bob's plants)

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