I realize that it's only December, but I've already been browsing my seed catalogues and I have a general idea of what I will be ordering for next summer. I usually end up ordering most of my seeds from Pinetree Garden Seeds, so I am basing my order off of their catalogue.
I generally try 4-6 new heirloom tomatoes each year. I've gotten so carried away with heirlooms that I grew 15-18 different varieties and about 57 plants total in 2010! Luckily I had my farmer's market stand to find homes for most of them. I also usually try a new bean or pea each year, a couple new lettuces, a couple new gourds, a new pumpkin, maybe 5 new annual flowers, and then a few new oddballs (like ground cherries).
Here is my tentative list of new varieties for 2011:
Cinderella (aka Rouge Vif D-Etampes)
Or Long Island Cheese
Edamame- Beer Friend or Envy. I tried to grow edamame a couple years ago, but they were completely obliterated by groundhogs
Fava Bean-Windsor. I've never even eaten favas before, so I'm not sure why I want to grow them. Plus, I remember learning in a biology class a while back that some people are allergic to favas (a condition called favism).
Or Miniature white
West India Gherkin (Anybody know if this is different from Mexican Sour Gherkin?)
Corsican gourd. I tried these last year and not a single seed germinated.
Martinhouse gourd. Pinetree doesn't offer these, so I'll have to find another source.
Kohlrabi- Early White Vienna or Early Purple Vienna
Zucchini. I've been growing pattypan-type squash the last two years and I'd like to try the regular long green zucchini again (I have a great stuffed zucchini recipe that doesn't really work with the pattypans).
Aunt Ruby's German Green
Principe Borghese (for making sun dried tomatoes)
I'm positive I'll try the first three tomatoes on my list. I'll pick a couple from the rest of the list to go along with the other 15+ varieties I grow every year.
Or Golden crown
What new things are you growing for 2011?