Growing a Vegetable Garden

Garden Vegetables

Time to start your seeds for Peppers and Tomatoes.


Better Boy Tomatoes

Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

For my summer crop of tomatoes this year I'm going with my favorite which is Cherokee Purple. They do real well here and put on lots of fruit in the 16 oz. range.  They do best in full sun.

As with any other tomato store them at room temp. When refrigerated they will lose flavor.

Hoping for an early spring this year so these can be transplanted as early as possible. Like many other varieties they don’t do well in the hot summer weather. Started my seeds a little earlier than usual this year on January 13, 2019.


Bell Peppers

Bull Nose Bell Peppers

These sweet peppers are Bull Nose  They were planted the same day as the tomatoes above.  They will need support to keep the branches from breaking because they produce lots of large peppers.  As the season progresses, as with other pepper varieties, the size of the fruit will decrease.  If left on the plant the peppers will turn red.

When harvesting fruit leave a portion of the stem on and they will store longer for fresh use.

Start your pepper seeds early, they don't grow very fast when the weather is cold.



This Garlic was sent to me by Randy Holdredge of Holdredge Enterprises the makers of the Hook 'n Crooke hoes you see me using in my YouTube videos.  I lost the tag and don't remember the variety.

In mid-November my grandson Jace planted them 3-4 inches deep and we watered them in.  Looks like every one of them came up.  Hoping to save a half doz. or so bulbs to replant next season and use the rest for cooking.




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




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