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Mountain Gardening: Grow Brightly Colored Vegetable Varietals

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Lesser known varietals of tomatoes, carrots, green beans and other vegetables can bring beautiful color to your garden and variety to your cooking.

Lesser known varietals of tomatoes, carrots, green beans and other vegetable can bring beautiful color to your garden and variety to your cooking.

I’ll always remember the plant sale where I bought my first ‘Black Krim’ tomato. It’s memorable because that small heirloom plant introduced me to a whole new world of vegetable gardening. Until then I didn’t know tomatoes grew in colors other than red.

Now I make sure to plant colorful veggie varieties every year so I can grow a rainbow in my garden.

This spring I plan to add tomatoes of a different stripe—literally. ‘Big Zebra’ is a large red-and-green-striped tomato that should look as beautiful growing in the garden as it will look sliced into summer salads. I’ll also add ‘Mr. Stripey’ for its lively yellow-orange tiger stripes.

Last year I planted round baby carrots, so in this year’s garden I’m planning on pulling up bunches of long, slender carrots in shades of red, white and purple, too.

Instead of ordinary green beans, I’ll plant a package of ‘Royalty Purple Pod’ bush beans so I can have a purple bush with purple flowers. I might even toss a few yellow bush beans nearby to create an eye-catching combination.

Other additions to my vibrant vegetable garden include ‘Ruby Streaks’ mustard greens, golden beets, and sweet chocolate peppers. Uncommon varieties like these often have a milder or sweeter flavor than more conventional kinds.

Would you like to add more color to your vegetable garden?

  • Plant seeds for the best choice of specialty or heirloom varieties.
  • Choose your favorite vegetables in different sizes, shapes or colors.
  • Swap seeds with other gardeners or shop for unusual plants at garden club sales in spring.

Do you like to create a vegetable rainbow, too? Please share your favorite varieties!

 

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