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March is Jam-Packed with New Plants and Ideas

March 15, 2013

The new cut flower catalog from Johnny's Selected Seeds makes it easy to assemble an attractive garden based on opposite colors of the color wheel.

Credit: Doreen G. Howard
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I thought I’d seen all the new stuff for 2013.  Wrong!  Two veteran seed companies have sprung a few delights upon gardeners.

Johnny’s Selected Seed introduces a new Online Cut Flower Catalog. Besides a large array of new flowers, the catalog covers readers’ questions, growing tips, comparison charts and, my favorite, charts of color palettes and lists of flowers to achieve them. Click here to see all the goodies.  It’s not too late to get seeds and start plants.  Many can be direct-sown while the ground is still cool or when the weather warms.

The online catalog has tons of helpful information for gardeners planning flower beds.  Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds.

The 136-year-old Burpee Seed Company has introduced the biggest sauce tomato in the world, SuperSauce, a disease-resistant hybrid. Ripe fruit weigh up to 2 pounds each, is 5-1/2-inches tall and 5 inches wide.  The paste tomato is so big it can double as a slicer, great for topping hamburgers.  Seedless, it takes only a couple of fruits to make a jar of salsa or tomato sauce.  Plants are indeterminate and bear fruit until frost.  Seeds and plants are available at www.burpee.com

SuperSauce tomatoes are so big that it takes only two or three to make a jar of marinara or salsa!  Photo courtesty of Burpee Seeds.

Potted Corn Patch

Another Burpee exclusive is One Deck Corn, a hybrid sweet corn for containers! It grows 4 to 5-feet tall, and each plant produces two to three bicolored 7 to 8-inch-long ears.  Start with a large container, 24-inches or more in diameter, and press in nine or more seeds, spaced six inches apart.  Ears are ready to harvest about 60 days later.

Corn in a pot next to the back door.  What could be easier?  Photo courtesy of Burpee Seeds.

A container corn is great for me, as all the corn I’ve planted in my veggie garden has been stolen by raccoons before ears are ripe. I’ve given up planting corn. Now I can have  a couple containers in my kitchen door herb and lettuce garden and laugh at the coons!  My cat and the neighbor’s dog chase away all the critters close to the house.  I’ve already ordered seeds and can hardly wait for all the snow to melt and temperatures to warm.  I’m excited!

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Doreen Howard has written for The Old Farmer's Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide for 15 years and is the former garden editor at Woman’s Day as well as a photographer. She has grown more than 300 varieties of heirloom edibles and flowers in the last two decades.

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Look for Doreen's newest book, Heirloom Flavor: Yesterday's Best-Tasting Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs for Today's Cook. Find in stores everywhere including Walmart and on the Web including Amazon.com.


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Hi Doreen, Just wondering if

By Karen Hay

Hi Doreen, Just wondering if you can help shed some light on something for me. I currently have heaps of little pink plantlets lining the leaf edges of some Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi Variegata leaves that in just through on the ground in my garden. I've been told that the pink plantlet may not be viable as it may need chlorophyll to live. Is this so? If so is there anything I can do to increase their chance of survival?

Those "plantlets" are pink

By Doreen G. Howard

Those "plantlets" are pink blooms common to many succulents. They aren't viable plants.

Spring arrives by mid-March

By Garden-nz.co.nz

Spring arrives by mid-March and the frequent sunny days provide the opportunity for an increasing range of gardening tasks. I am so excited. Let the gardening begin!

Where can I get seeds for the

By Ms Dale Gallaway

Where can I get seeds for the container corn? Thank you

As it states in the blog,

By Doreen G. Howard

As it states in the blog, Burpee Seed Co. at http://www.burpee.com I already received my package and can hardly wait to plant!

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