Anyone develop their own varieties?
I know several have probably read the book "Breed your own Vegetable Varieties" by Carol Deppe. I became interested in plant breeding/variety development many years ago when I used to save seed from my biggest pumpkin each year and then one time the seed grew plants that were a crossed with a spaghetti squash. I then researched more about crossing plants and ended up buying the book. I am not a big fan of some of her ideas but the basic concept is fascinating to me. I then started several projects crossing tomatoes, peas, corn(to make hybrids), and squash. After a couple years I had my entire garden wiped out including most of my breeding projects and I lost interest after that. So I have never developed a new variety worth anything but I am planning to make some new crosses this year. I never plan on creating a variety I would profit off of, this is just for fun.
Do any other gardeners cross vegetables and try to develop something better or unique? If so what have you come up with?
A neighbor of my family over 70 years ago developed an early melon that does well here and I still grow it today. Other than that I don't know of any gardeners in this area making intentional crosses.