Three vining vegetables have been given awards by All-America Selections, the nonprofit testing organization for new vegetables and flowers. All of these new varieties should grow well in our climate.
Green Light cucumber is a unique new mini-cucumber that produces smooth 3- to 4-inch seedless fruits that are sweet and crisp. Serve this cucumber with the skin on.
Plants are parthenocarpic which means all the flowers are female and fruit is seedless so no pollination is required. This also results in higher fruit yields — 40 or more spineless fruits per plant. Green Light is quick maturing, producing fruit only 45 days from planting seed in the ground; even less when transplanted. Four- to 5-foot vines yield best when staked, caged or trellised. It can be grown in a container if supported.
Pumpkin Blue Prince has blue skin and deep orange flesh. The blue skin gives a nice contrast for decoration with orange pumpkins. The deep orange flesh is not stringy with savory sweetness. Blue Prince is great for eating with much better taste than most pumpkins.
Vigorous 5-foot disease-resistant vines produce early and with higher yields. First fruits mature about 90 to 100 days from transplanting.