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10 Amazing New Vegetable Varieties Coming to Home Gardens Everywhere

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If you are a life-long vegetable gardener, you have certainly spent a winter afternoon in front of the fire eagerly marking up seed catalogs and planning for the year ahead. From tried and true heirloom seeds to brilliant new hybrids, each selection in a catalog has a long history of success behind it and a group of people who champion the variety. Whether you are a brand new gardener or a lifer, when you find amazing new vegetable varieties that make your garden a raving success you can?t help but shout it from the rooftops!New vegetable varieties that are amazing new problem solvers

One of the highlights of was talking to Scott Mozingo from . It was my first stop on the tour and I could have talked to him all day about the three lines of vegetables that Burpee has put together: Foodie Fresh, Amazing Veggies, and Small Spaces. How can tomatoes, cucumbers, and peas be so exciting? Well, if you are a gardener with a small space, a foodie, or just want the very best quality of plants to grow in your garden, you will soon be as thrilled as I am with these 10 notable new vegetable varieties for the home garden.

Burpee Home Gardens display

First, let?s not confuse hybrid seeds with GMOs. Genetically Modified Organisms are created through experimental biotechnology that, according to the Non-GMO Project, ?merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.? No seeds sold for home gardens are GMOs; those are created for commercial crops. There isn?t a need to search for non-GMO labeling on seed packets for the home garden. Scott said it so eloquently: ?Putting ?non-GMO? on seed packets is like a putting up a ?gluten-free? sign at the meat counter.?Hanging basket with lettuce

By contrast, hybrid seeds are bred in fields or greenhouses by painstakingly hand-pollinating different varieties of plants to create new and interesting traits. Some of the results of the hybrids are better than the parents, and some are worse. But, through plenty of experimentation followed by many years of testing for control and reliability, new hybrids with amazing new features are born.

Note: I was pleased as punch to be invited by Ball Horticulture to attend the Spring Trials this year. While they covered my expenses for the trip and were delightful hosts, this post was not sponsored by Burpee, nor was it required as part of my trip. I was blown away by some of the new plants and narrowed it down to my favorites for this list. I hope you are as excited about them as I am!

New and notable vegetable seeds and plants for the home garden

Amazing Veggies

The ?Amazing? line is a group of home garden seeds that are problem solvers with wow factor.

Pesto Party basil

Pesto Party Basil

This award-winning basil is bred to flower as late as possible in the season, because when basil starts to bolt and flower it loses its flavor. It?s also the most resistant to downy mildew, so you will be making sweet pesto for much longer than the average basil.


Cloudy Day Tomatoes

For someone who has always struggled to get enough sunlight in the vegetable garden, these cloudy day tomatoes may very well save my sanity! They are bred for the cooler, cloudier northern climate and produce a high yield of 5-oz slicers.Cloudy Day Tomato

Fourth of July Tomato

These small fruits produce super fast, in just 49 days! They will start ripening by the Fourth of July and continue well into the late summer or early fall.

Small Spaces

As a small-space gardener myself, I completely appreciate dwarf or container varieties of vegetables. There are plenty of small-space container vegetables available, but some aren?t that prolific. To combat that, Burpee created a number of plants specifically to provide high yields in small spaces.Small space tomatoes

Take 2 Tomatoes

For home gardens with limited space, Burpee has created tomato combination plants meant to be grown in one pot. These container tomatoes come with both a slicer and a cherry tomato, in just a 14? pot. They are compact, but produce a bounty of both types of tomatoes all summer long. These won?t be sold as seeds but instead in pots ready to take home and enjoy.

  • Take 2 ?Lights:? BushSteak and Patio Choice Yellow
  • Take 2 ?Camera:? Homeslice and Sweetheart of the Patio
  • Take 2 ?Action:? BushSteak and Baby Boomer

Patio Snacker Cucumber

Patio Snacker Cucumber

This cucumber will give you many crunchy cucumbers, all in a 14? pot. The bowl of cucumbers shows only a fraction of the cukes produced on one small, prolific plant. And they aren?t teeny cukes either; they are 8? dark green, crunchy cucumbers.Small space cucumber variety

Baby Bubba Okra

This okra grows to half the height of a regular okra plant with full-sized fruit. It not only produces a lot of edible okra, but it?s pretty enough for the flower gardens with its hibiscus-like flowers.

Foodie Fresh

Foodie Fresh is the vegetable line made for epicureans wanting fresh and fun-to-cook-with ingredients.

Foodie Fresh

Cherry Stuffer Peppers

These small, compact plants produce masses of ?stackable, stuffable, grillable? peppers. Scoop out the seeds, stuff them with herbs and cheese and bake in the oven or grill. These are a party favorite!Sweet Pepper Cherry Stuffer

Masterpiece Pea

These aren?t your ordinary pea plants. This gem has four different edible parts: the shoots, leaves, pods, and peas. Plus, the unique branched, pea-flavored tendrils look beautiful in salads or as a garnish.Masterpeice Pea for Foodie Gardens

Meatball Eggplant

Vegans and meat-lovers alike will love the new meatball eggplant. It?s denser and bred not to oxidize as quickly as a typical eggplant, meaning it won?t brown too quickly. Slice thick sections and fry them up as burger patties. Or scoop out the flesh with a melon baller before frying. With a bit of added spice, these ?meatballs? are perfect with pasta and sauce.

Cupcake Summer Squash

Combine the sweet flavor of a Patty Pan squash with the soft, edible skin of a zucchini, and you have a cupcake! It?s a prolific plant that creates many round summer squash, perfect for stuffing.

That completes my favorites list, but there were many more vegetables that may appeal to others with different garden challenges and tastes than my own. If you are interested in getting what?s new and notable in vegetables, be sure to sign up to receive the  or sign up for their weekly newsletter.


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A rock wall is a smart landscaping solution that becomes a unique garden feature. It may help to redirect water from buildings, stop soil erosion, or help with steep elevation changes on a property. Without a doubt, it also becomes a garden showpiece. A rock wall garden has unique planting and care needs from an in-ground garden and yet it also adopts some of the design rules of container gardening. Read about how Patty from Lancaster, PA, created a rock wall that provides color and enjoyment all season long while saving their home from flooding.

Rock Wall Gardening

This Gorgeous Rock Wall Garden Saved The Day!

Photos and story by Patty from

Built from Necessity

We had a landscaping problem: our backyard is on a semi-steep hill and when it rained heavily, the water flow would wash into our basement! So, we asked a landscaper friend for help. He suggested we build a rock wall and install pipes behind it to redirect the flow of water out to the end of the wall. This was far enough away from the house that the water flow gradually watered the lawn, a double bonus!Plants change every year in this rock wall garden

The rock wall presented us with a new design feature for the landscape and an opportunity for me to do some interesting gardening. Come along on the tour of my rock wall garden.

First, There Was Rock

We found the rocks on Craigslist in a PA town called Brickerville. The man selling the rocks was digging them out of a portion of ground that he wanted to use for a lawn. He just wanted them out of his way and was selling them all for five hundred dollars. It was impossible to find the stone to build a wall the size we wanted so we jumped on it. We did have to pay for an excavator to haul the rock and place the rocks with his equipment. Even so, we ended with two stone walls for less than paying for materials and a mason to build one. We have woodland around us so the natural look of the wall fit in nicely.Drought-tolerant planting in rock wall gardens

Then, There Was Soil

Our was disturbed during all the excavating and there wasn?t any good quality of topsoil left after the grass was dug up. Most landscape supply stores will sell you a truckload of topsoil by the yard and will deliver it. We bought our topsoil from our excavator friend. The soil was the product of many years of growing and amending, probably with manure and other fertilizers so it was just right for our project.

Once the soil was in, it was time for planting.

A beautiful rock wall garden

Hot Rocks!

All the plants I used along the rock wall grow best with full sun. Rocks will radiate extra heat when the sun is hot. Tender plants are not the best for rock walls, even if they do well in other parts of your garden. Look for and excellent drainage, as the soil will be warmer and drier than you are used to.

I?m a big fan of mulch! Mulching around the plants will help hold the moisture in longer between rain and watering and it can give the spaces a finished look as the plants grow in.Colorful rock garden

How to Plant a Wall

Water the soil in the rock wall spaces well and transplant healthy nursery plants in. Slip the plant out of the container and gently loosen the roots. Place the plant in a hole so the top of the dirt and the base of the plant will be even.

Steps leading up to the house through the rock wall gadren

Thrill, Fill, and Spill

As with a container garden, a rock wall garden looks best when planted with thrillers, fillers, and spillovers. I use a lot of perennials that bloom most of the summer as my thrillers. My fillers are fuller perennials and annuals in different shades of green, varying sizes of blooms, leaves, and textures. My spillers are dependable hanging basket plants like sweet potato vine and

Sweet Potato Vine planted in a rock wall garden

Here are some of the plants that have thrived in my rock wall:

  • Sweet Potato Vine, Ipomoea batatas ?Black Heart? and ?Sweet Georgia?
  • Petunia ?Tickled Pink?
  • Supertunia ?Black Cherry?
  • Coreopsis verticillata ?Moonbeam?
  • Purslane ?Mojave Pink?
  • Verbena hybrid called 
  • Salvia ?Hummingbird?
  • Salvia ?Sensation Rose?
  • Stonecrop, Sedum rupestre (reflexum) ?Angelina?
  • Hens and Chicks, Sempervivum ?Ruby Heart?
  • Sedum Sexangular

A rock wall garden is a fulfilling and exciting garden to work with. If you have the opportunity to create one in your space, you will not be disappointed!

Gorgeous Rock wall garden tour

About the Author

patty Fun Farm Living

Patty is a Wife, Mother of 4 adult children, and Nanna to 4 Grandchildren. She loves to be creative in the garden, home, or with anything that could be made useful again. She writes and hopes to inspire people who?ve struggled through trauma or bad times by sharing her story, in her book and on her blog, .

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These beachy solar lights are like little treasure jars filled with the calming blue, purple, and green tones of beach glass. The light reflects off of found seashells and a puff of reindeer moss, but the glass almost looks electrified the way it glows!This simple project shows you how to make Beach Mason Jar Solar Lights - this would be a great idea for a weeding or beach party

Make these tiny seaside worlds with just a few materials, then bask in the cool glow as the beach glass comes to life at night.Beach Mason Jar Solar Light project lights up the night


  • Mason jar
  • Sand
  • Beach glass
  • Shells
  • Reindeer moss

Make it!
Gather your materials. I always have a stash of seashells around because I live near the beach, but you could certainly pick up some supplies at a craft store.Beach Mason Jar Solar Lights Materials

You can make or purchase the solar light lids. . .

DIY Beach Mason Jar Solar Lights

Pour sand into the bottom of the jar and shift it off to one side a bit. Place the beach glass on the low side of the sand, building it up so that the top becomes level. Add in a few decorative shells or bleached branches and a small piece of reindeer moss. If you have been doing any of my , you should have a bit left over. If you want to see some of the wide range of colors that reindeer moss comes in, check out .

How to Make Beach Mason Jar Solar Lights

Attach the mason jar light and set it out in the sun to charge.Decorative Beach Mason Jar Solar Lights

You will be impressed at how much light these little gems produce! The glass comes alive and really glows. I made a few for my back patio space and found them so bright that I have to turn them off when I go to bed or they will glow through the windows.

Make your own mason jar solar light lids for just $1 each! 

Tip: look for solar lights with an off switch. It will also come in handy when storing them for the winter months.

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