This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

new varieties for this year!!

I have a lot of new varieties planned for this year. Why not be a bit adventuresome! Planning for fun in the garden takes my mind off of this winter. Not that it's a bad winter, but I really want to get back outside in the dirt. Some of these are new varieties of plants I've grown before. Some are whole new plants that I'm trying for the first time - like artichokes, celery, and cumin.

Artichoke, Tavor, only 95 days to harvest - I'll grow some for flowers too (High Mowing)
Asparagus, Mary Washington, very popular heirloom released in 1919 (David's Garden)
Beans, Marvel of Venice, yellow pole beans (Johnny's)
Beans, Haudenosaunee Skunk, dry pole bean (collected by and a gift of Roger Swain)
Beets, Boro, a new round red beet (Johnny's)
Broccoli, Blue Wind, extra early heads (Johnny's)
Carrot, Sugarsnax 54, long slender orange roots (Johnny's)
Carrot, Purple 68, deep purple roots for fall harvest (Johnny's)
Cauliflower, Snowball Y, an improved heirloom with self blanching heads (Burpee)
Celery, Tango, early maturing and self blanching (High Mowing Seeds)
Corn, Nothstine Dent, early maturing heirloom for sweet cornmeal and flour (Johnny's)
Cucumber, Max Pak, a new pickling variety with wide disease resistance (Johnny's)
Cumin, 120 days to seed (Burpee)
Eggplant, Orient Express, "the most dependable eggplant" (Johnny's)
Basil, Tuscany, big curly green leaves (Johnny's)
Lettuce, Crispino, iceberg (Johnny's)
Lettuce, Rouxai, beautiful red and green oakleaf (Johnny's)
Onion, Patterson, extremely long storage yellow (Johnny's)
Pepper, Highlander, Anaheim with earlier and longer fruits than Joe Parker (Johnny's)
Pepper, Red Rocket, cayenne 6" long and quick drying (Johnny's)
Squash, Flaminio, high-yielding Costata type zucchini (Johnny's)
Tomato, Pozzano, a hybrid San Marzano type for the greenhouse (Johnny's)
Tomato, Chef's Choice Orange, orange beefsteak AAS winner in 2013 (Johnny's)
Tomato, Martha Washington, "heirloom-quality" pink slicer, reliable hybrid (Johnny's)
Tomato, Taxi, heirloom early yellow slicer with baseball-sized fruit (Johnny's)

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