The only vegetable winner for this year is a globe-shaped watermelon. 'Shiny Boy' has red flesh, dark seeds, a sweet tropical flavor, and a crisp texture. It is a vigorous hybrid, with vines growing up to 12 feet and fruit reaching 20 pounds. Start checking fruit for ripeness about 75 days from transplanting. It tolerates severe weather, and can be grown in vertical gardens (with proper support given, of course, for the fruit such as a mesh bag or cloth sling).
Look for seeds in mail-order catalogs, and seed racks this spring at your local garden store. For more details on these and past All-America winners, visit their website (www.all-americaselections.org).