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Post  dixie on 1/11/2012, 1:46 pm

OK, guys, I am seriously bored. Here are a few varieties I am trying for the first time this year. If you have experience with any of these, please share your thoughts.

From Fedco Seeds:
Cascadia Snap pea
Tromboncino rampicante squash
Nutty Delicata. I love Delicata squash, but hadn't tried this particular one.
Prisma Shallot seed
Blushed butter cos lettuce
Olga lettuce
Deluxe Lettuce mix
Freedom lettuce mix
Winter lettuce mix
Deadon Savoy cabbage
Tango celery
Yellow moon dutch shallots, 1 lb.
Picasso shallots, 1 lb.
Satina potato, 2.5 lb.
Romanze potato, 2.5 lb.
Alchemilla, Lady's Mantle
Double Click mix Cosmos
Vintage mix stocks
April in Paris, a highly fragrant sweet pea
Coral gardens cockscomb
Southern Bells hibiscus
My castle red russell lupine
Sightseeing mix veronica

Baker Creek:
Amish white cockscomb
Romanesco Italia broccoli
Dragon tongue bush bean
Green Macerata cauliflower
Louisiana long pod okra (will probably plant this in rows instead of SFG)

From Wintersown
(check them out for free tomato seeds or 10 packs for $5)
Amish Paste
Arkansas Traveler
Bellestar
Bush Goliath
Bradley
DeBarao
Djena Lee's Golden Girl
Donskoi
Dolly Parton
Rio Fuego
Grandeur
Kosovo
Louisiana Pink
Monomahk's Hat
Mortgage Lifter
Old German
Piriform
Perad' Abruzzon
Purple Russian
Razzleberry
Rio Grande
Roughwood Golden Plum
Sausage
Tomcat
Victor
Burgess Mammoth Wonder
Bush Celebrity
Indiana Baltimore
Season Starter
Spudakee


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Re: Are you trying any different varieties this year?

Post  miinva on 1/11/2012, 1:53 pm

Megan gave me a Tromboncino rampicante squash plant and I was amazed at how prolific it was! Be prepared to either trellis extensively or nip it's growing tips in the bud frequently. It grew most of the way down our backyard. Smile

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Re: Are you trying any different varieties this year?

Post  dixie on 1/11/2012, 1:55 pm

I heard it was really prolific. I put trellises at the ends of most of my boxes & will trellis them.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 1/11/2012, 3:56 pm

A FEW varieties Dixie ??? Girl we need to talk!

I ordered all the different kinds of big paste tomato hoping to find one that will produce and can be picked green to ripen on the counter. (at my age it is the little things that make life exciting and expensive)

My first two seed orders came.

From Italian imports (Franchi)

Gigante d' inverno 2 (which should be a giant leek, I am so tired of skinny leeks which are apparently sheik)

A snow pea called "Gigante Svizzero" or Carouby in England. Supposed to be large and as sweet as a snap pea. Like my Golden Sweets, the flower is two shades of purple aging to blue.

A pink blush Savoy cabbage called "San Michele" (very pretty)

I've never grown celery before but I love celeriac (new to me last year) and have been getting hints on how to grow good celery (do not use standard American seed, pot it up and in late fall to grow in a dark, freeze-protected place to blanch) From Italian imports I have "Sedano Gigante Dorato" (humm, the Italian’s are fond of "gigante") and from TSC is "Redventure" celery (red ribs....duh)

Not nearly as adventuress as Dixie but I'm sort of boring....and already have a lot invested in new stuff last year.

Debs...who does have those odd pumpkins.

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Post  Mamachibi on 1/11/2012, 4:20 pm

I'm trying Joan rutabaga and white egg turnip this year, but I'm growing them next to the tried and true varieties so I have a good field test.

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Post  janezee on 1/11/2012, 7:45 pm

What were you thinkin', Dixie! affraid

I'd have to build 10 more 4x8's for that!

I should be ashamed. I'm doing much the same thing. I've been on the trading boards, and have:

Romanesco Veronica
Onions-Ciboule Red Perennial, and Granex Yellow
Beets-Early Wonder (planted already), White, Crosby Egyptian, and Detroit Dark Red
Cauliflower-Violet
Leeks-Large American Flag and De Gennevilleiers
Broccoli-Green Mountain, Purple Sprouting
Carrots-Little Finger, Mokum
Winter Squash-Sweetmeat, Zeppelin Delicata
Summer Squash-Tatume
Peas-Super Sugar Snap, Mangetout Carouby, Sugar Daddy, Golden India Edible Pod
Fava Beans
Radishes-White Icicle, French Breakfast, Sparkler, Red Meat, Cherry Belle
Kohlrabi-Purple Vienna, White
Radicchio-Cicoria di Verona
Turnip-White Egg
Asparagus-Asperges D'Argenteuil
Spinach-Monstrueux de Viroflay, Space, Bordeaux, Giant Winter
Beans-Thorogreen Lima, Fin de Bagnols,
Peppers-Corno Di Toro Rosso Sweet, Sweet Banana, Long Red Cayenne, Sweet Pimento, Jimmy Nardello, Lipstick
Cucumbers-Fin de Meaux, Verte Petit de Paris, Burpless, National Pickling
Lettuce-Batavian Rouge, Chrysantheme Shungiku, Green Ice, Red Tinged Winter, Winter Marvel, Winter Density, Blushed Butter Cos, Jericho, Red Iceberg, Rouge d’Hiver
Chard-Ruby, Verte a Carde Blanche


Tomatoes
Jaune Flammee
Black Cherry
Moravsky Div
Tess's Landrace Currant
Mr. Fumo
Costoluto Genovese
Red and Black Boar
Old Brooks
Ida Gold
Remy Rouge
Momotaro
Black Krim
Gardeners' Delight
Black Prince
Tigerella
Green Grape
Chernormor
New Yorker
Siberian
Sara's Galapagos
Marmande Precocissimo
Neves Azorean Red
Indian Stripe
Van Wert Ohio
Russo Sicilian Togeta
Zapotec
Cosmonaut Volkov
Russo Sicilian Togeta
Babywine
Mazarini
Chinese
Red Robin
Lime Green Salad
Polish Dwarf
A Grappoli Corbarino

Some for drying, some for growing in winter, some headed to the little greenhouse, some for a tiny spot at Mom's. She's unaware that she's about to become my 'satellite' test garden!

Thanks for asking the question. It made me take a long hard look, and almost made me stop looking at catalogues. No I really have to get going on that spreadsheet!

j

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Re: Are you trying any different varieties this year?

Post  dixie on 1/11/2012, 7:55 pm

Your list looks great, some really exotic sounding names. I'm growing a lot more paste type tomatoes this year since I can a lot. I'm going to try 2 plants of each of my varieties & see what works best for me. A couple I got are supposed to be good for hot, humid regions so maybe I can avoid blight. Very doubtful, but I can always hope.

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Post  camprn on 1/11/2012, 7:57 pm

Dixie, did you ever grow those gilberties?

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Post  Lavender Debs on 1/11/2012, 8:13 pm

janezee where did you get the purple sprouting broccoli? (I saw it once in a Johnny's catalog but have not seen it in the most recent)

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Post  dixie on 1/11/2012, 8:25 pm

@camprn wrote:Dixie, did you ever grow those gilberties?

Remember, I am a senior and a blonde, a dangerous combination. javascript:emoticonp('Embarassed')I'm clueless about the Gilberties. Was I supposed to have grown them?

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Post  camprn on 1/11/2012, 8:31 pm

I thought I sent you some, Shocked er, maybe I didn't... do you want some? Wink

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Post  nancy on 1/11/2012, 8:33 pm

LD - Baker Creek has an Early Purple Sprouting (page 22).

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Post  nancy on 1/11/2012, 8:40 pm

I'm mostly sticking with the usual suspects. But I ordered some Country Gentleman corn and 4 kinds of tomato I haven't tried before - Abu Rawan (I'm a sucker for Iraq tomatoes - I know they can handle Cincinnati summers), Amish Paste, Polish Linguisa, and White Zebra. With luck I will get some good pasta sauce this year - and more than 3 jars worth.

I've had no luck with carrots so far - what should I try this year?


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Post  CarolynPhillips on 1/11/2012, 8:43 pm

Just a note on tomato paste and sauces incase you haven't thought about it== you don't really have to grow and harvest those little tomatoes to make paste and sauces. You can grow the large beefy type tomatoes that have more flavor and just cook them down to a sauce and paste.

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Post  dixie on 1/11/2012, 8:53 pm

Nancy, I grew St. Valery from Baker Creek last year. They were very nice & had good flavor.

CampRN, if you sent me seeds I planted them. I start out good with labeling things, but by the time they ripen & i get them in the house, I've no idea what was what. I don't need any this year, but thanks. Since I'm trying a lot of new ones this year, I'll have to be careful with my labels.

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Post  camprn on 1/11/2012, 8:55 pm

@nancy wrote:I've had no luck with carrots so far - what should I try this year?

I would just plant more, you never know, it may be a good year. This carrot info site from the UK, but some good info.

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Post  nancy on 1/11/2012, 9:00 pm

thanks camp! the first year they were not sweet. last year they just didn't survive. i have hopes for this year!

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Post  dixie on 1/11/2012, 9:02 pm

The flavor improves with cool weather so try some in the Fall too.

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Post  nancy on 1/11/2012, 9:07 pm

Forgot to mention that I found black seeded simpson lettuce seeds at Home Depot - Martha Stewart brand. I have never lad luck with lettuce seeds, but I've read rave reviews, so I am going to give it a try. Yea!

Thanks for the carrot support. Ill keep you posted. Smile

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Post  janezee on 1/12/2012, 1:35 am

Debs,

http://www.tradewindsfruitstore.com/servlet/the-1639/Early-Purple-Sprouting-Broccoli/Detail

Very reasonably priced, fast service, PayPal, free shipping on over $10.
One of my new faves.

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Post  dixie on 1/12/2012, 10:17 am

Janezee, thanks for that link. They had Gunnera seeds! I've looked a long time for those.

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Post  quiltbea on 1/12/2012, 10:49 am

I'm taming down my choices this year and sticking mostly with varieties that do well for me in my area. I want high productivity and great flavor first and foremost. I plan to roast and freeze a lot this year.

Last year I had nearly 50 varieties of tomato seeds and not enough room to try them all. I still have some untried and may start a few of those, but I'm getting tired of experimenting. Too many choices boggle my mind so I'm going to stick with about a dozen favorites and the rest will be first-timers. Like most gardeners, I can't stop cold turkey.Sad

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Post  Lavender Debs on 1/12/2012, 11:11 am

@quiltbea wrote:...snip.... Like most gardeners, I can't stop cold turkey.Sad

Love that!

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Post  janezee on 1/12/2012, 3:30 pm

The main reason why I have so many new is because last year, I bought almost nothing. I had over 200 new squares, and not much money left for seeds. I let my tomatoes and squash sprawl wherever they wanted, and planted a lot of beans and peas, carrots and beets.

As you can see, I got a lot of catchin' up to do! I've bought some, and traded a bunch, and have been given almost all of those tomatoes.
I haven't bought all my summer seeds yet. I figure one order a month, if I'm well organized, will keep me busy for a couple of years, at least. Love OP, heirlooms, and seed saving! I hope to be where Debs and qb are now.




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Post  janezee on 1/12/2012, 3:34 pm

@dixie wrote:Janezee, thanks for that link. They had Gunnera seeds! I've looked a long time for those.

Awesome, dixie!
I found that they had a bunch of out of the ordinary stuff that I hadn't even considered planting from seed.

lol Read above post, and here I am, already putting them on my list of "Next year's wish list!"

No cold turkey for me, either.

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