Saturday, March 15, 2008

Top Five

And now for a break from Korean cooking (which seems to have taken over my life a bit!).

Kenny at Veggie Gardening Tips wants to know what my favorite 5 vegetable varieties for the home garden are. I will admit that with the tiny garden we had last year (and with the awful drought, we didn't have too many standout veggies), there isn't that much to choose from. So the first three will be the vegetables I am most excited about growing this year.

#5 - Charleston Grey Watermelon. If we're lucky, we'll have more watermelon than we know what to do with. Mmmm. Watermelon.

#4 - One of my tomato varieties. Surely one of them will produce a tomato that is to die for, right? There's not much better than a tasty summer tomato ripe off the vine.

#3 - Creole Garlic! About 48 of the 50 cloves I planted have sprouted, and they're looking very healthy.


And now on to the top two successes in our garden last season:

#2 - Chantenay Carrots. We found these to be completely different from carrots you get at the store. The taste was so strong, it made 'ordinary' store carrots seem really bland. Plus, the ones we planted in the ground rather than in containers grew to the size of three store carrots. We only wished that we liked carrots to begin with....

#1 - Number one has to be Henderson Bush Baby Limas. They are compact bush plants, they keep producing until frost, and the harvest is plentiful. We got enough beans from just one butter bean plant last year for two small meals. This year we're planting at least 5 times as many plants. Oh, and the taste is fabulous.

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  • Birdie

    Thanks for all of the info. My daughter, Pookie, and I want to plant a garden this year. Advice is always appreciated. ;)

  • JunkMale

    You're welcome Birdie. Are you looking for any specific advice, or just general advice? Feel free to ask...we see all comments, regardless of how old the posts are.

    As for general advice, I would encourage you not to buy hybrid varieties, which are usually sterile or will otherwise produce unstable offspring. Instead go for non-hybrid and heirloom varieties, from which you can save seeds. There are many cultivars (varieties) which have strengths in virtually any category a normal person would be looking for.

    And if you have no idea what I just said, just think of the research as another opportunity for a homeschooling science lesson. ;)