New Edibles Trends in the Garden OFA 2015 May 26, 2015 | The Old Farmer's Almanac

New Edibles Trends in the Garden


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Weather is always on a gardener’s mind, and last year’s extremes, from record low winter temperatures to the third consecutive year of drought in many states and provinces, are driving new trends for 2015.

New Edibles Trends in the Garden

Try these varieties if you’re looking for plants that tolerate heat or drought, thrive in containers and small gardens—or just taste and look great!

Mardi Gras’ Radish

Photo Credit: W. Atlee Burpee & Co.

This is a mix of party colors in a seed packet. ‘Mardi Gras’ includes spicy purple, mild white, and yellow. And earthy-flavor black varieties that mature in 21 to 30 days. Sow the seeds every 2 weeks for an ongoing harvest of these crispy, flavorful roots.

Thunderbolt’ Sweet Pepper

Photo Credit: W. Atlee Burpee & Co.

This Marconi, or sweet Italian pepper, is tapered like a chile but has the mild flavor of a bell pepper. The fruit grow to 13 inches long and change from green to red as they mature. These prolific plants resist spotted wilt virus and tobacco mosaic virus. Plan on harvesting in 65 to 80 days.

Prevail’ Bush Bean

Photo Credit: Syngenta Vegetables

This variety is disease-resistant and tolerates hot summer temperatures. In trials, it adapted well across a wide range of regions. The tender beans form in straight, dark green pods that grow to 5½ inches long and mature in about 54 days. They’re easy to harvest on plants that grow upright.

These are just three of the many new edibles trending in 2015. See the article “Great-Tasting New Varieties for Pots and Plots” from the 2015 Garden Guide in order to get the full list, plus read about other gardening trends happening this year!