Tuesday, February 25, 2014

2013 Garden Round-up

This is what we planted for 2013 and my notes on the varieties.    It was a weird year, last year.   Not harsh, but the spring was long - very long - and the summer was cool.  

Some of my tried-and-true varieties didn't like the cool summer.   Let's hope 2014 is a more normal summer.


  • Fava Beans - Broad Windsor  Changed my mind because of the late spring.  Planted extra peas instead.
  • Red Chinese long beans - love these!  They start fast and bear early.
  • Green Chinese long beans - love these!  They start slow and bear late, but are frost hardy in the fall.  
  • Dragon Tongue.  Fantastic fresh, freeze OK.  
  • Freshette green bean.  My favorite of all the beans we froze.  

  •  Detroit Dark Red - the rabbits ate them to the ground.  I didn't get a single one.   They seemed to start OK, so I'll try them again with extra critter protection.

  • Telegraph - long.   My favorite so far.
  • de Bourbonne [tiny ones] - seem to do better in a hot summer.  

Eggplant:  Bad year for eggplant.   Lots of flea beetles, too.
  • Japanese Pickling:  Did OK.   Usually does great and it loves hot summers.
  • Florida Market Eggplant-very sensitive to cold.  Lost the first batch of starts to a late freeze, even though they were in the hoop house.   Did a second batch of starts and put them in the ground at the end of May.   Got 1 single eggplant.

Fennel:  Di Firenze - likes cool weather.   Plant in fall for December harvest and in late Feb for spring harvest.

  • Siamese Dragon Stir Fry Mix.  I mixed this half and half with more arugula seed.  Yum!
  • Bibb Lettuce-  Love this stuff and we had a lot of it in 2013.

Herbs, Annual:
  • Basil, Genovese. Water seeds daily until they sprout.Harvest frequently. 
  • Basil, Lettuce Leaf..  Water seeds daily until they sprout. Harvest frequently.
  • Cilantro, Slo Bolt. Mostly it self sows.  Comes up everywhere.  I love it.
  • Dill.  Self sows now. 

Herbs, Perennial [planted several years ago]
  • Lavender
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Horehound
  • Chives
  • Anise Hyssop
  • Hyssop
  • Chamomile [self sows]
  • Alpine Strawberries
  • Clary Sage
  • Winter savory
  • Lemon balm
  • Sorrel
  Leek:  Autumn Giant Leek.   I started them, but didn't get them in the ground in time to harvest.   Will do better in 2014.


  • Charentais [cantaloupe]- cat dug it up.  Will try again in 2014.
  • Uzbek Sweetness Melon - fantastic melon!   Will do these again.   Sweet!

  • Egyptian walking onions - don't like damp.   I hope they come up this year.
  • Local starts:  red and yellow sets
  • Australian Brown: Started in jugs in the hoop house in February and have lots of starts now. Didn't get them in the ground in time.   Will try again with fresh seeds.

Parsnip:  Half Long Guernsey Parsnip  [First try at parsnips.] - didn't come up.

  • Sugar Snap:   Hardy and prolific.  Heat tolerant. Love these!

  • Golden Marconi - Great peppers.   The red ones did better.
  • Red Marconi - Great peppers.
  • Ozark Giant - Did OK, but not great.
  • Quadrato D'Asti Rosso - Didn't do anything. 

Potatoes:  Kennebec.   From May's [local].   Tried these in potato towers again.   Much better to just grow them in rows. 

  • Early Scarlet Globe - the regular red kind.   Had great success in very early cold frame planting and and late fall cold frame plantings.

Rutabaga: Laurentian Rutabaga.   Did nothing. 

Sweet potatoes:  Georgia Jet.  From our own starts.   The deer liked these.   I fenced them out and the sweet potatoes were good. 

Squash, Summer
  • Zucchino Rampicante - Used saved seed.   These did fabulously!
  • Golden Marbre Scallop [pattypan] - Did well and seem to be somewhat resistant to vine borers.
  • Lemon Squash - Did well and seem to be somewhat resistant to vine borers.
  • Castata Romanesco [zucch type]:  Early set of fruit. Light.  Striped.  First one, June 30.  Loved these.

Squash, Winter

  • Australian Butter - Good fruit.   Will try again.
  • Black Futsu - excellent.  Prolific for us in 2013.  Great fruit.
  • Greek Sweet Red - one of our favorite. 
  • Golden hubbard - didn't do so well in 2013. 
  • Honey Boat Delicata - Good!   We liked these a lot and they're cute.
  • Musquee De Provence - Gorgeous and delicious.
  • Queensland Blue - I keep trying these because they're, well, blue.   We usually get one.
  • Rouge Vif D'Etampes - didn't get any.

  • June bearing [from May's]
  • Ever bearing  [from May's]

Tomato - not a great year for tomatoes in 2013.   Too cool.
  • Amana Orange Tomato - Good tomato.
  • Amish Paste - K2's favorite. 
  • Brave General Tomato - Did ok
  • Black Cherry Tomato - prolific.  Like these!
  • Hillbilly [Flame]- Did ok.

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