5 New Plants I'm Growing in 2017

I'm not sure who first said "gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes", but man would I like to buy them a drink (preferably with some muddled berries and herbs straight from the garden).

Since we bought our house back in 2013, I've planted vegetables every year. As a result, my garden gets bigger every year. You can read about it here

This year, I'm growing five new plants and I can't wait to see what happens!

1. Corn - Is this not the most beautiful corn you've ever seen? It's called glass gem corn and I had to order the seeds online. I'm not sure if you can eat it straight off the cob but you can save the kernels for popcorn. We eat a lot of popcorn.

I went a little crazy and planted 50 corn seeds in my front yard. You can see them on the right and they've only been growing for two weeks. It's pretty amazing how fast corn grows, and I usually get 1-2 ears per corn stalk.

herbs to the left (chives, basil, mint, lavender, oregano) + glass gem corn to the right

Pro tip - most herbs will grow and take over your garden if you let them so I plant mine in cement pavers. This way they're confined to a small area and they can't choke out your other plants.

2. Tomatoes - I'm planting ten different varieties and I'm having the ultimate tomato taste test this fall. 
tomatoes in cages

Here are the varieties I bought from DeMonye's Greenhouse:
  • Mr. Stripey
  • Black Krim
  • Early Girl
  • San Marzano 
  • Roma 
  • Better Boy
  • Oxheart
  • Brandywine Red
  • Grape 
  • Sweet Million
3. Eggplant - specifically turkish orange eggplant. 

I picked up two eggplants and put them in cages to the left. I'm not really a fan of eggplant and I'm not sure if they need cages but I am sure these will inspire me to try a new recipe. 

eggplant in the cage on the left + pea tendrils growing up the trellis

4. Pea Magnolia Blossom Tendrils - It's a snap pea and with flowers and edible tendrils! I'm growing these up a trellis in the front yard and I hope they'll taste as awesome as they look.

pea magnolia blossom tendrils - photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

5. Potatoes - specifically purple sweet potatoes that are super high in antioxidants. Why is that important? Antioxidants fight pre-mature aging and skin cancer. so basically I'm eating all of these myself. Don't be alarmed if I look ten years younger, or if I'm purple, next time you see me. I haven't had great luck with potatoes in the past but I've got some new tricks this year that might help.

molokai purple sweet potatoes - photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

I ordered three molokai purple sweet potato plants from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds this past winter and they shipped actual plants to me through the mail. They send them out when it's warm enough to plant them in your area and I just got mine this week.