Magazine article Sunset

Buried Treasures

Magazine article Sunset

Buried Treasures

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There's something to be said for tried-and-true crops, but in the Sunset Test Garden we like to push the envelope. So we dug into our library of heirloom and specialty seed catalogs, looking for new and unusual summer vegetables for the home gardener. The results are in and our favorites range from a melon disguised as a cucumber to a squash from mountainous Kyoto. Care for (and cook with!) them as you would their more conventional cousins. They are all tasty and well worth the real estate to join the ranks of warm-season staples. Text by Mike Irvine / Produced by Homestead Design Collective

CUCUMBER

'MEXICAN SOUR GHERKIN'

Also aptly named 'mouse melon" for its shape and size, it's an irresistible snack picked straight off the vine. In warmer climates, cut to the ground come fall-it will reemerge next summer. $3.99; burpee.com.

SQUASH

'fairy hybrid'

Abundant and easy to grow; our go-to winter squash. …

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