need ideas for unusual vegetables for next years garden

Abagail Rhea
2 months ago

I'd like to get some input on veggies that aren't the "garden variety" plants you'd normally find in a summer vegetable garden (z6/7). I'm especially interested in plants that grow up or bush-types rather than spreading types. Specific varieties of any normal vegetables or annual fruits (I'm renting) are welcome too.

I currently have tomatillos, tomatoes, eggplant, corn, beans (pole, 1/2 runner, bush), watermelons, cantaloupe, peppers, zucchini, naked-seeded pumpkin, decorative gourds, moringa, cucumbers, limas, asian long beans, potatoes, cushaw, okra, cowpeas, yellow squash, onions, garlic, peas, lettuce, mustard greens, cabbage, broccoli, and a variety of annual herbs.

I don't like yellow squash, so I've decided to replace it with chayote. Popping sorghum is also on my list, as is bitter gourd, oca, yacon, ulluco, maca, mashua, bush corn, amaranth, quinoa, orach, crosnes, ground cherry, achocha, caigua, soybean, and kale. A lot of those are underground things, which I'd also like to avoid, so I'll narrow those down later.

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