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Kitchen Gardening

Regional Picks: Best Edibles – Midwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 131

1. ‘Diamond’ Eggplant

Maturity: 70 to 80 days from transplant

Yield: 20 to 30 fruit per plant

Needs: Full sun; rich, moist, well-drained soil; lots of heat

Eggplants love heat; most thrive in warm regions of East Asia and even hotter tropical Southeast Asia. But ‘Diamond’ is a typical oval, Japanese-style purple eggplant from Ukraine that begins delivering here in early July and continues copious production right up to frost. Eight to 10 plants yield a wheelbarrow of fruit by season’s end—plenty enough for fresh eating all summer as well as an ample supply of roasted, peeled flesh for the freezer.


2. ‘Amish Paste’ Tomato

Maturity: 80 to 90 days from transplant

Yield: Several pounds per plant

Needs: Full sun; moist, well-drained soil

Having grown more than 3,000 varieties of tomatoes makes choosing a favorite quite difficult. One variety, however, has risen to the top as my every-year staple. ‘Amish Paste’ is an indeterminate but rather…

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