‘Red Noodle’ Beans: These are fun to grow! Also called yard-long beans, they have long (more than 20 inches), purple-red pods. Beans turn green
Find Them: Kitazawa Seed Company
Eggplants: Try ‘Black Beauty’ and ‘Louisiana Long Green.’ There are lots of other kinds to grow too.
Find Them: D. Landreth Seed Company and Seed Savers Exchange
Squash: Charlie likes ‘Early Prolific Straightneck’ because it’s easy to grow, prolific, and tasty.
Find Them: Botanical Interests or Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Figs: This sweet fruit is a Southern summer classic. Here, Charlie used ‘Petite Negra’ and ‘Celeste.’
Find Them: Logee’s Tropical Plants
Dill: This herb will add flavor to your early-summer dishes and will then offer delicate sprays of yellow flowers. Try ‘Fernleaf’ and ‘Dukat.’
Find Them: Territorial Seed Company
Basil: It’s the ideal partner for your tomatoes. Favorites in this garden include ‘Mrs. Burns’ Lemon,’ ‘Lime,’ ‘Greek,’ and ‘Purple Ruffles.’
Find Them: Burpee and Johnny’s Selected Seeds