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What are your best varieties this year so far?

19 years ago

Here's mine:

Sweet edible peas Feb-June: easily Oregon Spring. I did plant a mixture of highly perfumed heirloom flowering peas, mixed. No eating there, but smelled great inside.


1. Cherry: Isis Candy, the sweetest tomato. In my climate, I have people complaining it's way too sweet. It's the only heirloom I grow (I grow Sungella, Sungold and Suncherry)

2. Early: Jaune Flamme, the favorite of many I gave this tomato. Very sweet, nicely tangy, juicy and so refreshing. Also, Stupice - Full flavored smallish, early tomato, much better tasting though less productive and less disease resistant than the rubbery Early Girls

3. Unusual: Cherokee Purple and Marizol Gold - in my climate, both do well. They are so different, but both are striking in appearance and taste. CP is richer and more complex with a full tomato taste; MG is sweet and fruity with a less noticeable tomato taste. I also liked Big White Pink Stripes, similar to MG but more acidic, though not very prolific or disease resistant.

4. Large/Main Season: Brandywine slightly over Marianna's Peace. Last year, MP stole the show, this year, Brandywine Sudduth Strain was slightly richer in taste, aroma, and juicier. Both were excellent, though neither and are particularly productive with less than 8-10 tomatoes each weighting 8 oz. to 1.5 lbs. I also planted Old German, Aunt Ruby's German,

Bell Peppers - Big Bertha, wow, nice 4' x 4" size and larger, withy great green to red color, though all were excellent (Cadice, Purple, Chocolate, Valencia, and California Wonder, White).

Eggplant - Pintung Long, great taste and the best for grilling on the barbie, Rosa Bianca: mild flavored, excellent taste, and as a bonus, incredible looking. I also grew a Casper and Japanese Long.

Cabbage: Red Acre and Early Jersey Wakefield, as erly varieties planted in March, headed great and quickly with a mild, sweet flavor

Carrot - Nantes, really sweet and a treat if grown in well-worked, softer soil and regular watering.

Corn - Shame on me, I didn't plant an heirloom because I really like the SE bi-colored types. For heirlooms, I still think Golden Bantam and Silver Queen are the best in taste, though you really have to cook them in minutes to get their sugar content before turning to starch. Will probably plant Minnesota Midget in November as a gamble.

Melons (planted in a friend's plot at the community garden)

Charentais, Haogen, and Galia. All three are outstanding and I'm loving the ones still in the fridge. Am getting ready to plant a new crop. Three hybrids: Passport, Ambrosia, and Butterscotch Sweetie. Without a doubt, Sweetie was the sweetest, most popular produce I grew this year. I am growing its seed to see what the F2 will produce.

BTW, we have dry climate except for the morning fog during coller months, i.e. up to June. It was a warmer than usual spring, but still near the coast where I am, the temps were moderate (75 high, 60 low) for most of the growing season.

I know the taste of some melons are greatly affected by excessive rain during ripening, as well as humidity. I'm sure some will have totally different results.

The Montreal melon didn't handle the cool May, June and early July climate, so it's got mildew. Will plant again next year in July instead of late April.

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