Home gardeners can rate their veggies

Now that so many people have computers at home and access to them at public libraries, were encouraging you to try out this new way of reviewing vegetables on Cornells home gardening Web site at vegvariety.cce.cornell.edu. But if you forget the address just go to Google and type in vegetable varieties. You can compare different varieties and learn about new varieties you might want to try. The comments are from gardeners around the state and even across the country but you can easily sift through for comments from gardeners who have similar growing conditions to yours. While anyone can visit the site and get lots of information, the real benefit to you comes once you register your own profile, anonymously of course. When you register you include information on your growing season, number of frost-free days, soil type and sun exposure. This lets you to then sort the site for comments from gardeners with similar growing conditions to yours. Theres even a handy pop-up map showing average frost free days for the whole state of New York. 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 one to five 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 includes links to other Cornell gardening resources, including on-line growing guides for more than 60 garden crops. 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! Amy Ivy is executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Clinton County. CCE offices may be reached in Clinton County at 561-7450 and Essex County at 962-4810. More information may be found on-line at ecgardening.cce.cornell.edu or by sending an e-mail to a Master Gardener volunteer at askMG@cornell.edu.

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