New Zucchini and Romaine Recommendations

comments (6) April 20th, 2012

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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Older varieties of summer squash can be replaced by a new zucchini called ‘Soleil’ because its easy to grow and resists powdery mildew.Click To Enlarge

Older varieties of summer squash can be replaced by a new zucchini called ‘Soleil’ because it's easy to grow and resists powdery mildew.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

Gardeners may want to be on the lookout for two new vegetable varieties to add to their gardens this season.

A butter-yellow zucchini called ‘Soleil’ and a sweet romaine lettuce called ‘Jericho’ can help make gardening a little easier. 

Both of these varieties were planted and grown in a Denver demonstration vegetable garden tended by master gardener volunteers. In addition to a good harvest of vegetables that was donated to a food bank, the garden provided good results for gardeners.

‘Soleil’ is a butter-yellow zucchini that grew exceptionally well in the garden compared to other varieties of summer squash. It was rated four green thumbs up for its ornamental features:

  • Easy to grow
  • Very straight fruits
  • Medium-sized plants
  • Slow to develop powdery mildew
  • Bright yellow color helps fruit stand out from the foliage
  • Matures in 55 days

‘Jericho’ romaine lettuce also provided good results in the demonstration garden. Because this variety was developed to grow in desert heat, the volunteers planted the lettuce late in the season to test its hardiness through the summer. It rated four green thumbs up, too:

  • Easy to grow
  • Bright green, smooth leaves
  • Keeps sweet flavor in hot weather
  • Resists heat stress
  • Slow to bolt

What's your experience growing either of these vegetables in your garden? 

posted in: Lettuce, zucchini, summer squash

Comments (6)

Dallinlarsen555 writes: fabulous
Posted: 12:51 pm on October 6th
matthewtweedie writes: Nice
Posted: 12:06 am on September 30th
OrlandoWilliam writes: I love this vegetable
Posted: 12:34 am on February 13th
MikeTheGardener writes: Interesting? hmmm, nothing out of the ordinary that I can think of ... but I do love the beefsteak tomatoes and black beauty zucchini ... traditional items.
Posted: 8:47 am on April 26th
WesternGardener writes: Thanks for the note, Mike. Do you have any interesting veggie or herb recommendations for us? Please share!
Posted: 9:56 am on April 24th
MikeTheGardener writes: Thanks for the heads up on the new varieties!
Posted: 9:04 am on April 23rd
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