New Varieties for 2017

Sunn Hemp Shows Okra Crackerjack Marigold

For 2017 we're adding 20 varieties to our listings, as well as 3 books. Sunn Hemp, a fast-growing leguminous summer cover crop, thrives in heat, tolerates drought, suppresses nematodes, and pulls nutrients from deep in the subsoil. Marigolds including Crackerjack will also suppress nematodes while attracting pollinators. Family heirloom Shows Okra produces well on semi-dwarf plants.

TruHart-NR peppers Carolina Broadleaf mustard Donald Todd Half-Runner Bean

Donald Todd Half Runner beans have tender pods like old-time half-runner beans. South Carolina researchers bred two of our new varieties for disease resistance: TruHart-NR peppers for resistance to nematodes and Carolina Broadleaf mustard for resistance to bacterial blight.

Returning varieties

Alabama Blue collards Ashe County Pimento pepper Thai Red Roselle

Alabama Blue collards, Lacinato Rainbow kale, and Ashe County Pimento peppers are back this year. Our Hawai'i-grown seed for Thai Red Roselle has just passed it's germination test. Here in Virginia, we get good harvests of roselle pods for tea, but have trouble getting its seed to mature.

Featured Bulk sizes

Floriani Flint corn Schronce's Deep Black peanut Oxheart carrot

We love Oxheart carrots for how well they grow even in clay soils, Top Mark muskmelons for their resistance to downy mildew, and Floriani Red Flint corn for the tasty polenta we make from it. Our new crop of Schronce's Deep Black peanuts recently passed its germination test.

Local Authors with New Books to Nurture the Gardener, Farmer & Seedsperson

The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, by Southern Exposure’s own gardening expert Ira Wallace, gives home gardeners the regionally specific information needed to succeed in our hot, humid climate. It features what to plant, when to plant it, and when to harvest, based on our climate, weather, and other info.
Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time: Craig Lehoullier has grown thousands of tomato varieties, most of them in hot and humid North Carolina, and here he shares his hard-won wisdom on how to grow great tasting tomatoes.
Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist Transforming an ordinary yard into an edible oasis. More than 200 color photos and illustrations show how permaculture principals scale from small urban mini-gardens to suburban yards, commercial landscapes or small farms.
Our neighbor Pam Dawling’s Sustainable Market Farming provides invaluable expertise that is especially useful to those in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic, who can benefit from her many years growing in our bio-region.

Check out all the great books in the SESE library.

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