Potatoes: A marked success. We will use more Yukon seed potatoes next year. I can purchase in a local store, although perhaps I will have some seed potatoes from this year?
Cucumbers: They grew well here, but I want a different, more tasty variety, than the yellow globe ones.
Turnips: I ended up with a lot of good salad turnips (ie, small ones). I actually prefer these, so I will do more next year.
Beets: The first batch I planted too early (sorry, MIGardener – you were WRONG). They didn’t come up. The second batch was stunning. The local venison population ate a lot of the greens, but when I dusted the area with the fertilizer, Milorganite, they stopped – and the greens came back with a happy vengeance. These are purple – want to focus on the golden ones in 2021.
Spinach: The variety I chose was all stem and flower, no leaf. Grew well but wasn’t good for much else. Will try New Zealand.
Basil: I grew several varieties in 2019. I had leftover seed, but very little of this came up this year. Getting fresh seed – especially as I I want Thai basil, Tulsi basil, and your plain Jane regular basil.
Thai Cooking Greens: They turned out well, or at least some of the varieties in the seed package did. Alas they seem out of stock now.
Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes did excellently. The larger ones not so much – we had a drought and they cracked and weren’t all that happy. I need to keep up on them, weather depending. This next year I will start seeds indoors for this, both the cherry and the others – which this time round will be heirlooms.
Peppers: I didn’t grow any this year but they did well the previous – AND I had a pepper plant that re-seeded itself and grew anyway! Only gave me a couple of peppers, but this was serious encouragement.
Kale: Prolific. But this variety is a bit too bitter for me. I may or may not experiment further next year. But photos at top…
Purple cabbage: Awesome cabbages. A repeater!
Cauliflower: I had one nice plant. The others were far less stunning.
Winter squash: I put them in about 3 weeks too late – or three weeks later than the neighbor across the street put in his. So I didn’t get much going on, and mostly small. One variety didn’t do anything at all. All three types I do will be different this coming year.
- Onion sets – white. Four rows in the first part of Bed 2 b – I plan to harvest for scallions/green onions and leave enough space for the rest to become “adult” onions. Source: Johnny’s.
- Saffron crocuses. I planted ten of twenty, and gave the other ten to a friend. They are in bed 3a with the rhubarb. This will be the perennial bed. See above photos.
- Garlic. Still to be planted. Source: Johnny’s.
And now – to look closer at the plans for 2021?
Upcoming Year Seed Order (Johnny’s Seeds, one packet each):
- Tomato, Cherokee purple heirloom (organic)
- Eggplant, Calliope (a rounded Asian-style eggplant, purple with white)
- Mustard greens, red giant. (organic)
- Okra, carmine splendor (a red variety, they were sold out of the green)
- Swiss chard (organic), rhubarb supreme.
- Basil, sweet Thai (organic)
- Basil, Kapoor tulsi
- Snow peas, Avalanche
- Turnips, salad, Hakurei.
I preferentially buy the organic ones, but they were out in certain cases, or didn’t have to begin with, in others.
Upcoming Year Seed Order (Baker’s Creek Seeds, one packet each):
- Tomato, black cherry.
- Tomato, green zebra.
- Tomato, Reisetomate (very unique looking, and possibly challenging to grow)
- Pepper, Tam Jalapeño
- Pepper, Chinese Five-Color
- Eggplant, Little Fingers (small and very purple)
- Okra, Clemson spineless
- Winter squash (C. maxima) Iran squash. green, orange, with white dots. Mostly for decor.
- Winter squash (C. moschata) Musquee de Maroc. 90 days, yellow with blobby green splotches.
- Winter squash (C. pepo). Jack be little. 90 days, yellow. (They were out of delicata.)
- Cucumber, early fortune.
- Cilantro, slo-bolt (we KEEP trying!)
- Spinach, New Zealand.
- Cabbage, Hilton (Chinese, Napa-like)
- Cabbage, red express.
- Turnip, purple – Nagasaki Akari Kabu
Also (think further about in Spring):
Focus on fruit trees – citrus and stonefruits.
Plant more asparagus (they are in the side yard bed, not discussed in this post). See if the strawberries can be salvaged. They get eaten before I can see them!
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