Kitchen Gardening

Vegetable Winners Make Gardening Easier

The 2017 All-America Selections winners are ready for this gardening season. Planting these winners is one of the first steps to vegetable gardening success.

I look forward to seeing the new national winners from All-America Selections each season.
Photo/Illustration: Jodi Torpey

As part of the All-America Selections (AAS) garden communicators group, I get to trial the new winners in my garden each year. This year I’m especially looking forward to planting and growing Patio Choice yellow tomatoes

AAS must have had me in mind for these small-space tomatoes. First, I love the taste of dozens of yellow tomatoes, and second, this cherry size is perfect for an early tomato – just 45 days – from transplanting in the vegetable garden. This tomato was bred especially for growing in container gardens, and I bet plants will do well in a hanging basket, too. 

If you’re not familiar with AAS, you should be. It’s the only non-profit trialing organization in North America that tests new plants each year and recommends them to home gardeners. Professional growers volunteer to trial them in their gardens and compare them to other great varieties to determine the winners.

This year, like every year since the 1930’s, there are fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers named as AAS winners. When you see these varieties at the garden center, you can be assured they’ve undergone a rigorous evaluation and came out on top. In addition to naming national winners, AAS also selects regional winners that will perform especially well in different areas of the country.

In addition to the Patio Choice yellow tomatoes, AAS sent me these other 2017 national winners to grow in my garden this season, courtesy of the companies who produce them:

  • Seychelles pole bean
  • Antares fennel
  • Candle Fire okra
  • Aji Rico pepper
  • Mad Hatter pepper
  • Midnight Snack tomato
  • Gold in Gold watermelon
  • Mini Love watermelon
  • Asian Garden celosia
  • Supra Pink dianthus
  • Mega Bloom Orchid Halo and Pink Halo vincas
  • Profusion red zinnia

To see all of the AAS winners and read more about the characteristics that make them special, visit the All-America Selections website. And watch for my updates on how they do in my garden throughout the season.

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