New Seed Varieties for Cool Weather
The guys discuss a few of their favorite seed vegetables that do best in the cool weather conditions. Some of these new seed varieties include tomatoes, winter squash, watermelon, broccoli, and cauliflower. The first new seed variety Travis mentions is the Red Snapper Tomato that is resistant to the spotted wilt virus and the tomato yellow leaf curl virus which both cause very dangerous issues in the vegetable garden. In the South, if you have failed at growing tomatoes in the past, you definitely need to try a virus-resistant tomato variety instead. The second new tomato seed is known as Tachi which is another spotted wilt virus-resistant variety, but also a nematode-resistant variety. Next, Greg talks about the Sugar Baby Watermelon which is an older variety that produces smaller personal sized watermelons. The fourth cool weather vegetable mentioned is a winter squash known as the Sweet Dumpling variety. This variety is the top of the line when it comes to flavor profile in winter squash. Another excellent broccoli variety is the Emerald Crown which is a hybrid that is grown more during the cool weather season. The fifth top cool weather vegetable is the Godzilla Broccolli variety that grows large heads at the top of the plant, making it easier to harvest. Next, is a traditional Early Crookneck Squash variety that has been around forever that produces golden-yellow fruits in the garden. Then, we have a new Twister Cauliflower variety available that produces upper leaves that actually twist and wrap around the plant to protect the cauliflower throughout the growing season. The guys explain a little tip about growing beans and talk about the new Gold Wax Bean, Royal Burgundy, Scarlet Emperor, and White Emergo varieties.
Show and Tell Segment
On the show and tell segment, Travis has all kinds of vegetables maturing in the garden. He has a Matejko Leek variety that had a few problems when it came to planting them deep enough in the soil. Greg and Travis show off a variety of beets, rutabagas, and Feng Qing cabbage. The guys also discuss a few varieties that will become available in the next year.
Viewer Questions Segment
On the question and answer segment this week, the guys answer questions about a squash variety known as North Georgia Candy Rooster, where to get a Kohlrabi slicer, the spacing of pole beans on a trellis, seed longevity, fertility storage, and green magic broccoli heads. Travis mentions that they do not currently carry North Georgia Candy Rooster because it has been difficult to find a seed producer that has them, but he will continue to look until he finds some. Greg has had his Kohlrabi slicer for years, his particular brand is known as a King Kutter. Travis mentions that when planting pole beans vertically he likes to plant them tight such as 3 inches apart and on a double row. However, this planting method will take a little longer to harvest because of the dense foliage, the reward will be getting maximum productivity of pole beans. Greg explains that proper seed storage is to place them in an area where temperatures remain the same this ensures that they will remain stable. When it comes to fertilizer storage, as long as it does not get heavy amounts of moisture that cause it to start melting it should be fine. If the fertilizer starts to melt and get mushy, then it should be discarded. Travis has harvested some Green Magic Broccoli that produced heads weighing about a pound on average.