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!
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.
In stores now!
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 .