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Kitchen Gardening

The Best Veggies for Your Region

Fine Gardening's experts' picks

Fine Gardening – Issue 173

Are you really a bad vegetable gardener—or are you just growing the wrong veggies? According to experts that we’ve asked from across the country, many crop failures can be attributed to choosing the wrong variety of a given edible. Some varieties are specially bred for—or are just naturally better suited for—certain climates. In other words, it may not be your fault if you’ve failed with a specific crop in the past. It might be that you’ve just been planting the wrong type of melon, cucumber, or tomato. The following are veggies that will thrive in your specific conditions so, instead of crying at harvest time, you’ll be celebrating


Season length: Short

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‘Turkish Orange’ Eggplant is an attractive and delicious treat

Photo: Bill Johnson

Days to maturity: 65 to 85

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