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Friday, January 14, 2011

Some tidbits of info

I have been doing some comparison of garden seeds and the quality of veggies they each produce and will post it here so some others may be able to decide if its the variety that they are interested in.

1. tobacco worm beans- in zone 6 planted them mid June and still got a good crop even with the dry weather. The beans fill out well and the pods are still tender, not leathery. When cooked they have a sweetness to them, no sugar added. They also climb really well and are heavy producers.
2.Golden Bantam yellow sweet corn- an open pollinated variety, germinates great in cool ground for an early crop. Large well formed ears that are very sweet.Sturdy stalks that most produce 2 good ears of corn. Grows to about 6 ft.
3.Stowells Evergreen white sweet corn- an open pollinated variety, needs warm ground to germinate, does better planted after the ground warms, sturdy stalks with 2 ears each, long ears that stay tender longer, very sweet. Most of the stalks grow to 7 ft or so.
4. Carrots, Danver half long- easy to grow, germinates well in cool ground, can be started really early in zone 6, Does exceptionally well in hard ground. It will go down deep and produce a large carrot that is still very tender and sweet, not woody when they are bigger.
5.Beets, Detroit Dark Red- excellent all around good beet, grows well in cool weather and dry conditions. Gets really large when there is sufficient rain fall and does not get stringy and fibrous. Sweet and easy to cook.
6 Sugar Snap Peas- an heirloom , very good peas, tender even when they get full, very sweet, easy to grow, does great in cooler weather.Does not thrive in hot weather at all. Very easy to string, but do have strings.
7.Kentucky Wonder Bush bean- An heirloom bush variety that produces really well but is slow to start producing. Makes you think they are not going to produce then they set on and really put out. Brown bean inside a very tender pod, stringless, tend to grow in small clusters of 3 or 4 beans. Great for green beans or dried in the pod for soup beans.
8 Cabbage- late flat dutch- large head, very solid, sweet if grown in cooler weather. A somewhat longer season variety, stores really well in cellar.
9. Cabbage, Mammoth red - these cabbage grow well in any condition, worms don't seem to bother them as much as green cabbage, very very solid head, leaves are really tight together, excellent for making kraut as they don't fall apart as they are run thru the cabbage cutter. Stays red when cooked as well.
10. Amish Paste Tomato- heirloom variety, prolific producer, good size elongated shape as well. very small seed pockets, perfect for juice and sauce. Sweet without the strong acid taste.
11.Abe Lincoln tomato- heirloom variety, good all purpose tomato, good to can, sauce, juice or just to slice for a sandwich. Produces in clusters on the vine, very heavy producer as well. Round smooth tomato with small seed pockets
12 Rutger tomato- heirloom variety, excellent all purpose tomato, will produce under extreme conditions, does well to be left to trail on the ground.  Round smooth tomato with good deal of liquid around seed pockets.

This is just a list of most of the basics that we grow. And also what does best for us in our zone. Hope this helps someone a lil bit in their gardening.
Till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.



The Apple Pie Gal said...

I ordered several of these today actually! Great info...thanks for sharing!

Ruth @ Hope, Joy and Faith Farm said...

Thanks for the info... I am writing a list of things as I am hoping to talk my hubby into a "brief" stop at Territorial Seeds as we go past it on our way to a Drs appt. next weekend. I can't wait to get packets in hand.

stella said...

Hi yall, I got one of my seed orders already and waitin on the second. The varieties that I had listed, some of them are the same varieties that my parents grew when i was a small child and i remember the names. ANd the same ones we raise now. I am tryin hard to get in position to save most if not all my seeds every year. I still have some research to do and see which ones take 2 years to go to seed and those will have to be put in a bed where they can be left to make the seed and not be disturbed. Glad the list helped a lil bit.

small farm girl said...

THANK YOU!!!!! Sometimes you just can't figure out which ones to pick. Plus, it's hard to figure out what to use them for and how to plant them. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!! lol