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.
W. Atlee Burpee & Co., Warminster, PA; 800-888-1447; burpee.com
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., Mansfield, MO; 417-924-8917; rareseeds.com
Botanical Interests, Broomfield, CO; 877-821-4340; botanicalinterests.com
Harris Seeds, Rochester, NY; 800-544-7938; harrisseeds.com
Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Winslow, ME; 877-564-6697; johnnyseeds.com
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Mineral, VA; 540-894-9480; southernexposure.com