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.

Monday, December 15, 2008

crop list for 2009

Here's my list of vegetables and varieties for my next year's garden. I'm still editing this list.

Asparagus (crowns): Jersey Supreme F1(J)
Basil: Nufar(J)
Beans, green: Provider bush(J), Fortex pole(l/o), Chinese pole(s), Royal Burgundy(J)
Beans, shell: Flagrano (l/o), Black Turtle Soup (l/o), Tongue of Fire (l/o)
Beets: Lutz (l/o), Chiogga (l/o), White Detroit (SH)
Broccoli: Green Sprouting Calabrese (l/o), Blue Wind (J), Marathon (J)
Cabbage: Alcosa (J), Super Red 80 (J)
Carrots: Mokum(J), Oxheart(SH), Carnival Blend(BI), Saint Valery(SH), Bolero(J)
Celeriac: Brilliant (J)
Collard greens: Top Bunch (J)
Corn: Faribo White Hulless Popcorn (SH)
Cilantro: Santo (J)
Cucumbers: Tokiwa(SH), Straight Eight(l/o), Sumter pickling(l/o), Sweet Success(B),
..... Diva(J), North Carolina Heirloom Pickling (SH)
Eggplant: Orient Express (J)
Escarole: Blonde Full Heart (l/o), Breadleaf Batavian (l/o)
Fava beans: Windsor (a few l/o)(BI)
Dill: Durkat (l/o), Bouquet (J)
Greens: Sand Hill Fall Mix (l/o), Arugula (l/o)
Kale: Green Curled Winterbor (l/o), Tuscan (SH), Blue Curled Scotch (SH), Red
..... Russian (l/o)
Lettuce: Prizehead (SH), Red Summer Crisp Cherokee (l/o), oak leaf, Valentine Red
..... Mesclun Mix (BI), Four Seasons (l/o), Big Boston (l/o), Burpee Bibb (l/o),
..... Green Summer Crisp Loma (l/o), Black Seeded Simpson (l/o)
Lima beans: Big Mama (B)
Melons: Anne Arundel (SH), Crane (SH), Charentais (trade)
Onion seeds: Yellow Sweet Spanish (l/o), Rossa Lunga di Firenze (l/o), White
..... Portugal (l/o), Gold Coin Cipollini (J), Ailsa Craig (J), Purplette (J),
..... Frontier (J)
Onion sets: Stuttgarter (F)
Onion plants: Walla walla (J)
Parsley: Single Italian (B)
Parsnips: Hollow Crown (B)
Peas, snap: Sugar Sprint (J)
Peas, green: Alderman (Tall Telephone)(SH), Wando (SH)
Peas, shell: Blue Pod Capuciner (SH)
Peppers: Anaheim (BI), Amelia's cayenne (s), Costa Rican Sweet (B)
Potatoes: Butte(F), French Fingerling(F), Dark Red Norland(F), Green Mountain(F),
..... Red Gold (F)
Pumpkin: Big Rock (l/o), mini pumpkins, Jarrahdale (BI)
Radish: Small Tricolored Easter Egg (l/o), Spring Radish mix (SH), Winter Mixed
.....Radish (SH)
Soybeans: Butterbeans (l/o)
Summer squash: Zephyr (l/o), Sunburst (l/o), Starship (l/o), Cashflow (l/o)
Sweet potatoes: I'll sprout my own slips from locally grown sweets
Tomatoes: New Girl (l/o), Brandywine (l/o), Giant Belgium (l/o), Orange Blossom
.....(l/o), Big Beef (l/o), Pink Beauty (l/o), Cherokee Purple (l/o), Purple
.....Calabash (l/o), Sungold (R), Opalka (R), Box Car Willie (R), Early Girl (R)
.....Hillbilly (trade), Sudduth strain Brandywine (trade)
Thyme: German Winter (J)
Watermelon: Sugar Baby (J)
Winter squash: Delicata (l/o), Waltham butternut (SH)

Asclepias: Butterfly Milkweed (BI)
Bachelor Buttons: Blue Boy (BI)
Baptista: from my neighbor (s)
Cosmos: Kenikura (SH)
Heliotrope: Marine (J)
Hollyhocks: Single Mix (J)
Hyacinth bean vine Ruby Moon (BI)
Lavender: Provence Blue (B)
Marigolds: Tiger Eyes (PS), FireBall (B), Petite Mix Marigold (SH)
Nasturtiums: Night and Day (J), Peach Melba Superior Wina (J), Jewel Mix (J),
.....Whirlybird Mahogany (l/o)
Poppy: Lauren's Grape (BI)
Sunflowers: Goldy Honey Bear (BI), Tarahumara White (SH), Lyng's California
.....Greystripe (l/o), Big Smile (l/o)
Zinnias: Benary's Giant Purple (J)

(B) Burpee
(BI) Botanical Interests
(F) Fedco
(J) Johnny's Selected Seeds
(l/o) leftover from last year
(PS) Park Seed
(R) Reimer Seeds
(s) my own saved seeds
(SH) Sand Hill Preservation Center
(trade) trade


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, longtime reader/lurker.

loved seeing another new england gardener's crop list. a few quick comments. i grew tuscan kale this summer in my (zone 6) southern connecticut garden. it's beautiful, and tasty. but i can't help but think that the curly kind would have held up better into the cold part of the season, and probably look better, too.

also i'd recommend you try swiss chard, both for its robust taste and elegant presence in the flower/herb border. i grew lipstick, and it was lovely to look at and to eat.

sounds like a great lineup! i will by trying onions from seed this year. i'll be planting in a couple weeks. yippee!

December 15, 2008 10:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that you're growing opalka tomato, and i'm doing the same next spring! I can't wait to make my own suace with them. Take care!


December 16, 2008 9:55 AM

Blogger Adriana said...

Great list... I have 112 seed packets and want more!

December 16, 2008 12:13 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Wow - 112 seeds pkgs is a lot! But I may have this many soon too.

I think its a good idea to add some winterbor kale. I grew 3 kinds of kale this year and the curly winterbor is doing best in the very cold weather, but the Tuscan is doing OK so far too.

Only problem with chard is that I just don't like the taste of it. It does look pretty, but so do many other veggies... Oh well. I'm still growing 98% of all vegetables out there I think.

Starting onion seeds indoors soon is a nice thought. Maybe I just didn't start mine soon enough last year. (I planted mid March.) Mine didn't do well. They wilted and rotted after they got a few inches tall. I have since read to clip the tops and give lots of light. Let me know any suggestions on onions from seed if you have time. I hate to give up and buy seedlings/sets.

December 16, 2008 9:44 PM

Blogger Chiot's Run said...

I need to start making a list of things to grow.

December 17, 2008 10:10 AM

Blogger pjkobulnicky said...

Kathy ... be careful with umbellifer seed that is more than one year old. It tends to lose viability very quickly after a year. I almost always, after too many past failures, start over with new carrot, parsnip, etc seeds.


December 17, 2008 11:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy!

Just catching up on your blog after a vacation without internet. When I got back, I found out that I will be getting a community garden plot here in DC! Your list of crops will be very helpful to me as I think about what to plant this coming spring.

(Also, glad to see you got some cayenne seeds out of that plant! I wish I had figured out a way to save the seeds of the tomatoes you gave me - they were delicious, BTW!)

- Amelia

December 17, 2008 8:56 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Hi Amelia. I named the cayenne after you too. I think its a new variety by now. Have fun with your new plot!

December 18, 2008 12:31 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks for the warning about old carrot and parsnip seeds. I will throw out my old pks and by new ones. Cilantro too.

FYI: (since I didn't know this) Umbelliferae is a family of usually aromatic plants with hollow stems that includes cumin, parsley, carrot, cilantro, dill, caraway, fennel, parsnip, celery, Queen Anne's Lace and other relatives. The name derives from the inflorescence being generally in the form of a compound "umbel", and has the same root as the word "umbrella".

December 18, 2008 12:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you decide not to do Capucijner peas again? They were such a neat color. I might try planting them (or do you think they're not such a good idea after all?). Where do you get the seeds originally?

December 19, 2008 11:25 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I think I'm not going to do Capicijiner peas or shell beans this year. I know it was just a bad year for peas, but I had terrible yields and then bugs got into my dried peas.

I'm thinking I should be more selective this year - set a limit at say 30 types of vegetables to grow.

With the shell beans, I just stuck them in the ground, forgot what was what and then didn't end up harvesting them on time or eating them. (But I did get a nice photo.) With too much stuff, the garden gets away from me.

December 19, 2008 3:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great list - inspiring and awe-inspiring! I've been wanting to try some of the shell beans and doing the dry peas after reading about them, but am nervous about it, especially with the bugs and the space to yield ratio. I'm interested in what you'll decide - you have so much more experience than I and I love learning from your blog.

December 20, 2008 9:02 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I just was looking back at my photos and thought I should add the shell beans and peas to my list again.

I just have to pay attention to picking them at the right time and maybe look into best ways to dry them. They kept well two years ago, but not good this year. Maybe this year was too soggy. It is nice to have summer vegetables that keep into the middle of the winter.

December 21, 2008 1:08 PM

Blogger aunty said...

i so enjoy yr daily blogs i am a new gardner i have a community plot 30x30 that i will use for the first time come april,

December 21, 2008 6:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree about the Swiss Chard you should add it for sure. We are trying a climbing Nasturtium this year too, found it at territorial seed.

Having just added on to our house and the garden is a mess, in the past we had had 76 species of butterflies visit here in North Carolina. We have a lot of work to get that going again.

January 27, 2009 11:52 PM

Blogger jami mcL said...

What a wealth of information you are! Thanks for spending the time and sharing your knowledge and experience. As a newbie to most of this, I can say that you are building my confidence!

March 25, 2009 6:00 PM


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