Growing a Vegetable Garden

Garden Vegetables

Preparing and Planting the Fall Garden

Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

Not sure where the soil goes but seems like every year I have to add some to keep the levels up in the raised beds. Adding several inches of soil does suppress the grass and weed growth so I’m not complaining. I’ve been using Miracle Grow garden soil which works pretty well. It’s a little loose but if you firm the soil around the plants it gives them the support they need.

Cheerokee Purple Tomatoes

After leveling we sprinkled the seeds on top, then use a hoe or rake to mix them into the soil. Mustard Green, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Green Onion seeds are small so they don’t need much dirt covering them. They will come up thick but can be easily thinned when they reach a few inches tall. Thinning to the proper spacing allows the plants to grow with plenty room to reach their full potential.


Cheerokee Purple Tomatoes

Watering the seeds in helps with germination. Depending on your conditions you may have to water each day it doesn’t rain until they come up. After that you may not need to water quite as often. Once the little plants do come up watch for bugs, they love em.


Cheerokee Purple Tomatoes

Up in 4 days. Broccoli, Cabbage and Mustard Green.


Cheerokee Purple Tomatoes

These fall Bull Nose Bell Peppers were planted a month or so ago. Starting to bloom so we’ll have peppers until the first frost. The smaller peppers will be chopped, frozen and used during the winter. Will put up enough to last till next season. A little goes a long way in a rice and gravy.


Testing your soil

Soil Savvy Solil Test Kit

Soil Savvy Soil Test KIt by Unibest is an easy to use kit, just add your soil. Samples are mailed to Unibest in a postage paid envelope and tested in their lab.  Watch Video

Vegetables you can grow in the Fall / Winter Garden

CabbageCabbage - Copenhagen Market
Southern Giant CurledMustard Green - Southern Giant Curled
Broccoli - Packman HybridBroccoli - Packman Hybrid
Cauliflower - AmazingCauliflower - Amazing
Beets - Detroit Dark RedBeets - Detroit Dark Red
Lettuce - ButtercrunchLettuce - ButterCrunch
Kohlrabi - Purple ViennaKohlrabi - Purple Vienna
Carrots - Danvers 126Carrots - Danvers 126





My top picks for the vegetable garden

Over the years I've come to favor certain varieties that I'd like to share with you.  Flavor most often determines my choices but in some cases production is also a factor.

Beans, Snap, Bush … Contender (production) Blue Lake (flavor)

Beans, Snap, Pole … Blue Lake (flavor)

Beets … Detroit Dark Red and Bull’s Blood (flavor)

Broccoli … Packman (flavor and production)

Cabbage … Copenhagen Market (flavor and holds well)

Cantaloupe … Hales Best Jumbo (flavor and production)

Carrots … Danvers 126 (production)

Cauliflower … Amazing and Snowball self-blanching (flavor)

Corn, Sweet … Incredible (flavor and production)

Cucumber … Just about any Burpless (flavor)

Eggplant …. Black Beauty (flavor and production)

Lettuce … ButterCrunch (flavor and production)

Mustard Green … Southern Giant Curled and Tendergreen (flavor and production)

Okra … Cowhorn (flavor and production)

Onions, Bulb … Candy (flavor, production and they're huge)

Onions, Tops … Evergreen White Bunching (production)

Peas … “Top Pick” pink eye purple hull and Zipper Cream (flavor and production)

Peppers, Hot … Hungarian Hot Wax (mild flavor and production)

Peppers, Sweet … Bull Nose (flavor and production)

Potatoes, Irish … Red Lasorda (only kind we can get locally)

Spinach … Bloomsdale (flavor)

Squash, Summer … Early Straight Neck and the Crookneck (flavor and production)

Squash, Winter … Butter Cup (flavor and production)

Tomatoes … Cherokee Purple and Black Krim (flavor)

My Planting Guide


Zipper Cream Peas

Zipper Cream Peas

Cowhorn Okra

Cowhorn Okra

Incredible Sweet Corn

Incredible Sweet Corn

Candy Onion Transplant

Candy Onion Transplant

Latest video -  Saving Peppers Seeds - August 2017

Taylor's Little Sheller

Taylor's Little Sheller

Taylor Little Sheller Video of shelling "Top Pick" pink eye purple hull peas


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