An Evolving Garden Line-Up

Posted on May 16, 2011


Tudek Plot -  May

This year, we’re bringing back some tried-and-true and testing out some new, unusual varieties we found at the Seed Savers Exchange.  Successes, flops, and other updates to follow!

We’re growing in central PA, in a valley that tends to the milder side of PA winters, but still with a shorter(ish) growing season. It’s been well, well worth the effort to get zucchini and eggplant varieties intended for cooler climates – while our Rosa Bianca eggplant failed miserably the first year, Galine has done much better.  Fedco has had a good line of cold-weather varieties, and we’re using up the remainder of those seedpacks this year. I hope our germination won’t be too affected by using the older seeds, but for the most part everything seems ok for now.

Line-up, after the jump

The Line Up: Round 1 (Early Season)

Parsnip - new growth

The Accidental, Overwinter Parsnip. Spring is full of surprises!

Things that came back:

  • Parsnips
  • Garlic
  • A few rogue onions
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Chives
  • Sage
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Thyme: Ground, Silver, and Regular?
  • Dill (self-seeded, not perennial)
  • Rosemary (jury’s still out. may not have made it)
  • Mint: Spearmint, Peppermint, and a Mystery Variety
  • French Tarragon (also, Russian, but may cut that one out — not nearly as flavorful)
  • Poppies
  • Black-eyed Susans
rhubarb and covered row - april 24

Jump start on the PA season

Under the Row Cover:


Go, go, fava!

Early Spring:

  • Pea, Champion of England
  • Strawberry Spinach
  • Windsor Fava Bean (fedco)
  • Grocery Fava experiment: We’re also growing, rather than eating, some dried fava beans we had gotten from the grocery store ages ago. They didn’t cook up well, so we thought, why not use then to fix nitrogen? We’ll see how that goes.

Late Spring:

After Frost:

  • Federle
  • Italian Heirloom
  • Nebraska Wedding
  • Peacework Sweet Pepper OG (fedco)
  • Early Jalapeno Hot Pepper (fedco)
  • Long Red Narrow Cayenne Hot Pepper (fedco)
  • Habanero
  • Tomatillos
  • Flowers, Gift Zinnia
  • Sensation Cosmos
  • Single Moss
  • Snapdragon Mix
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