|July harvest, including 'Costata Romanesca' squash, parsley, 'Maxibel' haricots verts, piracicaba broccoli, cucumber, tomatoes 'Jaune Flammee' and 'Black Trifele'|
TOMATOES (I grow tomatoes using Kozy Coats)
'Anna Russian' - early, productive, beautiful, delicious heart-shaped tomato. Very wispy foliage and a weak grower, but produces good crop of tomatoes nevertheless.
'Black Prince' - super productive, tasty, early. Smallish, not a great texture. Unlike other "black" varieties, this one does not have issues with cracking and cat-facing.
'Black Brandywine' - not a very heavy producer, but delicious smoky-flavored black tomatoes. Cracks heavily.
'Black Krym' - absolutely loved the flavor of this one, but had too many problems with disease and cracking to justify growing it.
'Brandywine' - my favorite. Unparalleled complex flavor, huge size, excellent texture. Does not produce well in hot weather.
'Caspian Pink' - my Russian husband's favorite tomato. He says it tastes like his childhood.
'Cherokee Purple' - I grew this for many years and found it to be a healthy, reliable producer of medium-sized, purplish pink tomatoes. Basically no disease problems and very high production. However, flavor falls short compared to other cultivars I've tried, so we stopped growing it.
'Cherry Falls' - a cherry tomato I'm planting for my daughter, who likes little things
'Cosmonaut Volkov' - this tomato is much-lauded, but I found it to be just OK.
'Dr. Wyche's Yellow Beefsteak' - a huge yellow variety with excellent flavor. Like most yellows, texture is a bit soft and they go bad quickly.
'Hungarian Heart' - I loved this HUGE heart shaped tomato - dense texture and outstanding rich flavor.
'Red Brandywine' - my favorite red tomato to date. Great flavor, productivity, earliness
'Rutgers' - this is a variety I use for canning. Flavor is good, size is uniform (medium), and plants set large quantities of fruit at once.
|Mixed leaf lettuces|
'Antares' (oakleaf) - trying this year
'Anuenue' (batavia) - insanely heat-tolerant lettuce
‘North Pole’ (cold-tolerant butterhead) - new
|Swiss chard 'Gator'|
Collards 'Champion' - trying collards this year
Spinach 'Giant Winter' - I'll try this for overwintering
Leek 'King Sieg'
Radish 'Easter Egg Mix'
Summer squash 'Benning's Green Tint'
I used to have two large plots (allotments) in a community garden, where I had lots of space. I was able to grow things that took up a lot of room, like pumpkins, winter squash, melons, potatoes, leeks, cabbages, parsnips, and rutabega. I'll have to scale back now that my veggie plot is in the backyard, but it should also be easier to keep it well-tended since I can see the weeds from my window!
|My old community garden plot in late spring - growing potatoes, rhubarb, greens, peppers, beans, peas, green onion, and lots of pesky self-seeded dill|
|Winter squash and sunflowers in community garden|