Besides herbs, we grow several kinds of vegetables. Summer in the South wouldn’t be complete without fresh tomatoes, which can be used in so many different ways. It’s always a treat picking and eating the melt-in-your-mouth cherry types right off the vine. Every year we grow different selections, but ‘Sweet Million’ and ‘Park’s Whopper’ are two of our favorites.
We also set out a few different types of peppers. When the summer heat kicks in, we can enjoy mild, sweet-tasting banana peppers or make some spicy salsa with scorching hot ‘Habanero’ peppers. There are so many types in various shapes, and they’re very ornamental. You can plant red, orange, yellow, green, or purple selections. Peppers are great for beginning gar¬deners because they’re easy to grow and prolific.
Eggplants are also heavy producers. Long, thin, purple ‘Ichiban’ and egg-shaped, porcelain-colored ‘Ghostbuster’ are beautiful and make excellent table fare. They are mild flavored and less bitter than some of the larger selections.