Vegetable List For 2014

Every year when winter arrives I like to sit down and look at garden catalogs and start planning for what I will grow in the coming garden year. I also like to look at the records and notes for the past year to see how things did. I posted my Stars of the Garden in 2013 recap a couple of weeks ago which covers the 2013 garden. And I finished my seed inventory late last year, and that helps me know what seed I have leftover. With all those tasks done, I am now ready to come up with a list of what I plan to grow in 2014.


I am trying hard to simplify and grow fewer varieties these days. But I also love to experiment and try new things, so my growing list is always pretty long. My wife and I try and grow as many of our vegetables and fruits as we can, so gardening is more than just a hobby for us.

Tomatoes are always a major crop for us to grow. There are probably several thousand different varieties of tomatoes out there, so there’s no way anyone can really try more than a small percentage of the total available. But many of my favorite varieties today are ones I had never grown ten years ago, so it does pay to branch out and experiment. I’m only planning to try two new varieties this year: Nova and Green Tiger. Both of these small-fruited tomatoes came from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. Nova is an orange grape tomato, while Green Tiger is a green-when-ripe cherry type. We use a lot of the smaller tomatoes for drying and roasting, as well as for eating fresh. Juliet, Black Cherry and Sungold are three of my favorite small fruited types.

cluster of 12 Juliet tomatoes (2012 photo)

cluster of 12 Juliet tomatoes (2012 photo)

I am currently quite fascinated with growing winter squashes. I recently started reading The Compleat Squash by Amy Goldman, which is certainly helping to feed my new obsession! This year I want to try several new (to me) varieties, including Black Futsu, Seminole, Marina di Chioggia, Triamble, and Honeyboat Delicata. I also want to grow two Thai squashes from Baker Creek called Rai Kaw Tok and Kang Kob, which are both C. moschata types. Another one I plan to grow is the short-vined Kakai, which is grown for its completely hull-less seeds.


I’m going to try an old heirloom summer squash I’ve grown in the past called White Scallop (aka Early White Bush Scallop). Food historian William Woys Weaver says this one dates back to pre-Columbian times, and was grown by Native Americans in the eastern U.S. Our friend Ruth gave us some of these squashes last year, and one taste of this delicious squash convinced me I need to grow it again. I also have seeds for a similar white scalloped squash with green markings called Patisson Panache Vert et Blanc. I’m looking forward to trying the hybrid zucchini Romanesco too. Old standbys like Gentry, Enterprise and Striata d’Italia will also be back for 2014.

Good Mother Stallard beans

Good Mother Stallard beans

Dry shell beans made a good showing in 2013. This year I plan on growing the bush beans Jacob’s Cattle and Hutterite Soup Bean. Pole shell beans include Cherokee Trail of Tears, Good Mother Stallard and the dual purpose Rattlesnake. Other snap beans for 2014 include Fortex, Musica, Gold Marie, Derby and Rocdor. Last year was a great year for beans here, and I can only hope that 2014 repeats that success.

dried Jacob

dried Jacob’s Cattle beans

I’m also having a lot of fun experimenting with peppers and making hot sauces, paprika and chile powder. I want to try the Italian heirlooom Topepo Rosso and the Hungarian Paprika peppers this year. I also want to grow the Numex Suave Red and Orange, which are two mild C. chinense peppers. I love these mild-mannered chinense peppers which have the flavor of Habeneros but very little heat. Aji Angelo is a C. bacchatum pepper that I look forward to growing again. I have one plant of it growing in a container under lights, and it is still ripening peppers here in January. I am hoping to give this plant a little pruning and then set it out in the garden next spring.

Aji Angelo pepper in January

Aji Angelo pepper in January

I’m sure there will be a few later changes to my list, but this is pretty close to what I plan on growing this year. I’ve already ordered a few seeds, and now I can work on getting the rest.

Asian Greens: Komatsuna Summerfest, Mizuna Kyoto, Pak Choi Fun Jen, Pak Choi Mei Qing, Yukina Savoy

Beans (bush): Derby, Hutterite Soup Bean, Jacob’s Cattle, Rocdor

Beans (pole): Cherokee Trail of Tears, Fortex, Gold Marie, Good Mother Stallard, Musica, Rattlesnake

Beets: Golden, Red Ace, Touchstone Gold

Broccoli: Apollo, Arcadia, Green Magic, Imperial

Cabbage: Farao, KY Cross, Parel

Carrots: Cordoba, Hercules, Nelson, Yaya

Chard: Lucullus, Verde Da Taglio

Cucumber: Dasher II, Green Fingers, Manny’s, Summer Dance, Summer Top, Tasty Green, Tasty Jade

Eggplant: Dancer, Fairy Tale, Galine, Hansel, Millionaire, Nadia

Greens: Arugula, Golden Corn Salad, Mache Large Dutch, Purslane Golden

Kale: Beedy’s Camden, Lacinato, Red Ursa, Wild Garden Mix, Winterbor

Kohlrabi: Kolibri, Kossak, Winner

Lettuce: Anuenue, Bibb, Black Seeded Simpson, Brown Goldring, Lingua di Canarino, Loma, New Red Fire, Oak Leaf, Radichetta, Red Sails,  Sierra, Simpson Elite, Spotted Trout(aka Forellenschluss), Tropicana, Winter Density

Melons: Brilliant Canary, Burpee’s Ambrosia, Diplomat Galia, Hollar’s Sensation, Sugar Baby Watermelon

Onion: Candy, Guardsman, Red of Tropea, Sierra Blanca

Pepper(hot): Aji Angelo, Aji Dulce, Anaheim, Ancho 211, Biggie Chili, Cayenneta, El Jefe Jalapeno, Golden Greek, Hot Happy Yummy, Holy Mole, Joe’s Long Cayenne, Numex Suave, Serrano Del Sol, Thai Bird, Trinidad Perfume

Pepper (sweet): Big Bertha, Dulce Rojo, Early Sunsation, Flavorburst, Goliath Goldrush, Gourmet, Hungarian Paprika, Sweet Happy Yummy, Jimmy Nardello’s, Orange Blaze, Topepo Rosso, Yummy

Potato: French Red Fingerling, Red Norland, Russian Banana, Yukon Gold

Radish: China Rose, Green Meat, Minowase Summer Cross, Red Meat, Shinden Risoh, Shunkyo

Spinach: Amsterdam Prickly Seeded, Gigante Inverno (Giant Winter), Viroflay

Squash(summer): Enterprise, Gentry, Partenon, Patisson Panache Vert et Blanc, Spineless Beauty, Raven, Romanesco, Striato d’Italia, Surething, Tondo Nizza, White Scallop,

Squash(winter): Black Futsu, Cornell’s Bush Delicata, Early Butternut, Gold Nugget, Kakai, Kumi Kumi, Marina di Chioggia, Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck, Seminole, Thai Kang Kob, Thai Rai Kaw Tok, Triamble, Waltham Butternut

Sweet Potatoes: Beauregard, Carla’s Purple

Tomatoes: Amish Paste, Better Boy, Big Mama, Black Cherry, Celebrity, Champion II, Cherokee Purple, Early Girl, Eva Purple Ball, Golden Rave, Golden Sweet, Health Kick, Italian Heirloom, Jetsetter, Juliet, Ludmilla’s Red Plum, Mountain Magic, Rio Grande, Sun Gold, Super Marzano, Super Sweet 100, Ten Fingers of Naples, Vinson Watts, Viva Italia

Turnips: Hakurei, Oasis, Purple Top White Globe, Tokyo Cross, Tsugaru Scarlet

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17 Responses to Vegetable List For 2014

  1. Daphne says:

    I love the interesting squash that you are growing. I’ll be seeing how it goes. I could always use another c moschata but haven’t found anything as good as butternut. Though my townhouse mates raved about Black Futsu, it just didn’t have the productivity that I needed.

  2. Jenny says:

    We used to grow white scalloped squash when I was young and pickle it like cucumbers – loved the taste of them in winter as they came out nice and crunchy and perfect side dish. I wish I had more space to use for squashes but other groups have to take priority. Love your organized list of veggies, I might copy your technique at the end for my list after I get all details organized.

  3. Dave says:

    I’ve had pickled zucchini, but never tried pickling the scalloped ones. I’ll put that on my must-try list! As for organization, my wife teases me because I have a file/spreadsheet for everything 😉

  4. You have so much variety. I still need to organize and narrow my wants down to what will fit in the garden 🙂

  5. Michelle says:

    I have to laugh, your simplification looks a lot like my attempts to simplify! 🙂 I love seeing all the wonderful vegetables that you are planning to grow and I can’t wait to see the harvests.

  6. Norma Chang says:

    I am looking forward to reading the results of the short-vined Kakai, with its completely hull-less seeds.

  7. elizabeth says:

    Is the white scallop squash a bush or vine type?

  8. elizabeth says:

    I’ll give it a try, I really like sunburst and might try a bright green pattypan as well. You’re not growing tatume this year? I found a new climbing summer squash to try, early bulam,, but it looks pretty similar to tatume.

  9. elizabeth says:

    Thank you Dave. Is Kumi Kumi worth growing , if only for summer squash? How would you describe the taste/texture?

  10. Will - Eight Gate Farm - NH says:

    Wow, what variety! 24 kinds of tomatoes? I need to know how much actual grow space you have.

    • Dave says:

      Will, we have about 2200 sqft of growing space for veggies. For many of the tomatoes and peppers, I will only grow one cage or plant of each. I do set 2 tomato plants per cage.

  11. I love all the different eggplants you are growing! A friend sent me 6 different kinds of white eggplants (which I love) and I plan to try all of them.

    I also love Good Mother Stallard beans. I would grow LOTS of beans of many flavors if I had the room. Unfortunately, space is at a premium and Good Mother Stallard just didn’t produce well enough for me to keep them. I keep Ruth Bible beans from year to year, and Mississippi Cream peas from year to year (because my Mother-in-Law remembers them from her childhood and I am trying to keep the heritage alive. I am the only gardener in the entire extended family.). I am trying a bush lima bean called Jackson Wonder this year. I hope it does well. (Supposedly, I can grow these three types without crossing, because limas, cowpeas and garden beans are from different genuses. I hope that works out.)

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