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NEW VEGETABLES FOR 1998

Growing the extra yard Sweet Asparagus Bean

Liana
has the Latin name Vigna uniquiculata (L) subsp. Sesqnipedalis. Its growth habit is indeterminate so being climbing or vine like, a trellis, fence, teepee or other support should be provided for it to grow on. The pod is less than ¼ inch in width, and they grow about 20-25 inches in length. The seeds are black. The vines grow 8-10 feet tall when grown in good conditions. Harvested when young, this bean is string less, sweet with a crispy texture. Harvest the first pods about 80 days after germination in your garden, and then after that production is continuous. Liana should be planted in the spring but not too early as it likes the summer warmth. The seed coat of the Liana is very hard. The seeds should be soaked overnight or rubbed with sandpaper before planting.

Razzle Dazzle Spinach
Razzle Dazzle is an early, fast growing, high yielding spinach. Razzle Dazzle isRazzle Dazzle Spinach ready to be cut in 30 days after germination in your garden. Leave it to grow taller, but in the warm weather it will bolt early, so keep you eye on it. This spinach like all other spinach varieties likes cool growing conditions. Plant early in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked. You can also plant Razzle Dazzle in the fall. Razzle Dazzle is excellent cooked or as a spinach salad and has a sweet and mild taste. It grows tall and erect; it will reach 20 inches tall when grown in good conditions. Steaming spinach is the most efficient way to cook it, but most people blanch it in a large pot of boiling water. Plant Razzle Dazzle when you think of planting spring peas-the earlier the better. 

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Esmeralda Lettuce

Esmeralda is a superior butter head lettuce with a firm head and large frame and butt. The heads have good size and weight. It is resistant to bolting which means it will not get away from you because it is long-standing and slow to go to seed. The heads are an attractive bright green colour with a soft texture and a nice sweet taste. Maturity is 53-55 days, 10 days earlier than Buttercrunch.

Columbia Hybrid Cabbage
The home garden market is looking for smaller head sizes, smaller plants that can be crowded in the garden, better garden holding ability, combined with excellent flavour and early maturity.Columbia Cabbage  Columbia cabbage does all of this. The head size is about two to three pound range. Its plants will withstand crowding because they are smaller and more compact. When the heads are formed dense and solid, it holds and waits, and holds and waits until you’re ready to cut and use it. It will eventually split open, but it takes a long time. The heads are round, very solid, bluish green in colour, have a really good cabbage flavour and mature in 73-75 days from transplanting. The Columbia cabbage is tolerant and resistant to tip burn and fusarium yellows for a little crop assurance.

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