First, a quick follow-up from last week. The final Kolibri Kohlrabi, pictured last week, was harvested Wednesday when the temperature was just above freezing. It felt hard (probably mostly frozen) but smelled a bit funky. After it finished thawing it was mushy & stinky and went straight to the trash. So, although one kohlrabi was good after several 20° F nights, temperatures down around 10° F ruined the last one.
Many of you heard about the winter storm that shut down the east coast over the weekend. The edge of that storm was somewhere in the 60 miles between NYC and us. We received only a few flakes of snow.
I’ve almost finished seed shopping and now it’s time to figure out quantities and lay out the gardens on paper.
Here are the varieties planned for this year. Many are tried and proven in my garden and kitchen. Several are new – chosen for flavor or adventure of trying something new.
Beans: Rattlesnake pole beans for eating as green beans; Jacob’s Cattle and Tigers Eye dried beans; Tohya edamame soy bean.
Beets: Red Ace, an old favorite, and Avalanche, a new white beet and an AAS.
Broccoli: Green Magic. I grew it in 2015 for the first time. Heads averaged .75 pound and the petite plants produced generous side shoots.
Cabbage: Early Jersey Wakefield, Ruby Perfection
Asian greens: Win-Win choi, Minuet Chinese cabbage, both new,and tatsoi
Carrots: Yaya for summer eating, Bolero for root cellaring & winter eating, Deep Purple (new).
Celeriac: Brilliant and Large Smooth Prague
Chard: Bright Lights
Corn: Honey Select
Cucumbers: Salt&Pepper and Summer Dance
Garlic: Chesnok Red, German White, Music
Lettuce: Cimmaron, Two Star Loose Leaf, Pinetree mix, Carioca summer crisp (new)
Onions: Cabernet and Copra; Nabechan bunching onions (new)
Parsnips: Hollow Crown
Peas: Cascadia snap peas, Snowbird snow peas
Sweet Peppers: Carmen red bull’s horn, Escamillo (new orange bull’s horn, AAS), Intruder bell,
Hot Peppers: Highlander, very productive and only mildly hot.
Potatoes: Russian Banana fingerling, Yukon gold, Russet Burbank
Radish: Cherry Belle & Easter Egg salad radishes; Red Meat and Green Meat specialty radishes
Spinach: Kookaburra (new). I’m trying a variety resistant to downey mildew, which afflicts some varieties in the community gardens.
Summer Squash: Striata d’Italia (new)
Winter Squash: Metro Butternut, Watham Butternut, Futsu Black, Tetsukabuto.
Sweet Potato: Korean Purple, Purple, and new to me varieties Allgold, Heartogold, Garnet & Crystal White. I’m looking to replace my Georgia Jets with a high yielding orange variety that doesn’t crack and fissure.
Tomatoes: Jasper, Sungold, Garden Gem (new), Garden Treasure (new)
Turnip: Hakurei (new)