2012 VEGGIE LIST
Here is my review of what I will and won’t grow again from last year’s vegetables that I tried and why. I will put tomatoes in another list since there are so many of them!
WILL GROW AGAIN
-Apollo-nice leaf size and flavor
-Rattlesnake bean/pole-remarkably flavored pole bean-grows very tall-great for trellises or arbor
-Tarbais bean/pole-dry bean-after much work FINDING IT last year in the states, you can now get this wonderful bean from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds this year. I will make a french dish called cassoulet with it.
-Fava Bean/bush-wonderful flavor and 2 crops last year. A little work shelling it twice but worth it. Also is a good cover crop replenishing the soil with nitrogen.
-Golden Scarlet Runner/pole-I grow runners for their flowers/foliage-the foliage on this one is a striking chartreuse color against the scarlet flowers-simply beautiful
– Craupadine-BEST tasting (but ugly) beet around
-Cylindra-long cylinder shape, great taste, easy cutting into slices
-Extra Dwarf Pak Choy-wonderful flavor-I like to cut one in half, saute it in olive oil, and add tamari when you flip it
-Atomic Red-great color and flavor
-Cosmic Purple-one of my favorites
-Bright Lights-adds great color tucked into the garden and good flavor
-Argentata-thick juicy stalks with huge leaves-very cold tolerant
-Ruby Red-one of the prettiest and tasty chards out there
-Parisian Pickling-used for making cornichon pickles
-Boothsby Blonde-used for making bread and butter pickles
-Poona Kheera-best flavor for eating
-Armenian– fun to grow, good flavor, few seeds
-Fairy Tale-sweet, no bitter taste and tender (not tough) skin
–Provencal Mix, Mesclun Mix, Buttercrunch, Yugoslavian Red, Santoro Lettuce
-Dwarf Sugar Gray-great in salads or steamed, grows about 3 ft tall
PEPPER–want to try some different varieties from Europe this year as well
-Shishito (Japanese non-hot pepper)-one of my favorites
-Poblanos-mildly hot (I call it warm), great for chile rellanos or scrambled eggs, wonderful smoky flavor
POTATOES–first year grower and I’m hooked!
-French Fingerling-OMG, the best flavor!
-Peruvian Purple-I loved the flavor of these as well
-Bloomsdale and Tyee
-Costata Romanesco-best tasting zuke around
SUNFLOWERS-technically a flower but they are veggies for the birds!
-will grow another huge patch of different varieties-beautiful and the birds love them
-Russian Mammoth AND Titan– for us/birds to eat
-Black Oil-for the birds only
TOMATILLO-Green-good for tomatillo salsa-only need one plant as they are so prolific.
WON’T GROW AGAIN
BEAN-Emerite bean/pole bean- great flavor but didn’t grow high enough to cover my teepee and I will grow others this year.
-Paris Market-too small, bland flavor, not impressed
-seed from local grower-turns out it was a native winter squash, not calabacitas squash.
CORN-again not this year (I’ll get it from our Farmers Market)
-Di Firenze-might grow one or two but not 25 plants like last year!
-Jalapeno-I don’t use them enough to call for space in the garden. I’ll just buy the few I use throughout the year.
-Russian Banana-too crunchy and watery
Thanks for the lists…..good fodder for planning.
How’s it going up there? Bitter cold? Good time to hunker down.
thanks for the 2012 vegggie reviewe, Jannine.Good to know even for you, some things don’t do as well as expected.