For example, if you just ask the site to list the entries for tomatoes youll get a list of over 600 varieties! But on the left side of that screen is a box that lets you refine your search for tomatoes. Click on that and then you can define the type of tomato, early or mid season and whether or not its an heirloom variety. I asked it for early-season grape tomatoes and the list was shortened to 16 varieties, much easier to review.
Rate Your Varieties
Were encouraging all vegetable gardeners to visit the site and log in your own comments. The site relies on these comments so the more it gets, the more helpful the site is going to be. Once you register your own profile you can rate any variety you want from 1 to 5 stars on various qualities. Theres also a place for you to write comments. These comments are very interesting and sometimes entertaining to read.
The site address is
but if you forget the address just go to Google and type in vegetable varieties. The first listing is this Cornell site. We also have the link to this site on our local gardening site
The site also includes links to other Cornell gardening resources, including online growing guides for more than 60 garden crops. On the sites home page look for the list on the left side which includes Browse Crops, Growing Guides, Cornell Gardening Info, Site News and Polls, and How to Use This Site.
Browse Crops lists all the crops by type (broccoli, garlic, etc) and you just click on the name of the crop to get the list of varieties. Growing Guides takes you to the Explore Cornell site with lots of user-friendly information on how to grow 58 different kinds of garden vegetables. Cornell Gardening Info takes you to the sites at Cornell specific to home vegetable gardening as well as some other links.
So now that the vegetable season is over for the year, take a little time to record your own experiences with different varieties on this site and see if other gardeners had similar or different experiences than you. Its a fun way to learn and help others, too!