I’ve got a pretty good start on my growout list for 2018. I get a lot of great ideas by reading about my fellow garden bloggers growing experiences and getting their feedback on varieties they are growing. I also get ideas from reading books, and last year I read The Tao of Vegetable Gardening: Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity by Carol Deppe. That has led me to want to try a few blight-resistant tomatoes in my garden this year. So far I have escaped major disease issues with my tomatoes, but I fear the blights are coming here eventually. Defiant, Mountain Merit and Rugged Boy are slicing types with good blight resistance, and Jasper is a blight-resistant cherry tomato. I may not grow all of these this year, but they are on my list for trials. And I want to try one of the Brandywine tomatoes here, perhaps Brandywine Black since they seem to do well for Phuong (Kentucky Fried Garden) whose growing conditions are very similar to ours. I also want to try the small-fruited Honeydrop, which is an o/p selection from the F1 hybrid SunSugar. And Sweet Aperitif is a red cherry tomato that is supposed to be even sweeter than Sun Gold, which is my gold standard for sweet tasting tomatoes.
Other ideas come from my own growing and eating experiences. I’m always on the lookup for new varieties of peppers to grow. Last year I grew the 2017 AAS Winner Mad Hatter, which is a hybrid baccatum type, but since I got it planted rather late I didn’t get any ripe fruit. It was loaded with green peppers so I have high hopes for this year. I also want to try the Hawaiian Sweet Hot and Korean Winner peppers. I tried a few of the Heirloom Marriage tomatoes (Cherokee Carbon, Genuwine and Big Brandy) last year and was not reallty that impressed. These are hybrids created by crossing two different heirloom tomatoes. But this year I want to try Perfect Flame, which is a cross of Peron and Jaune Flamme. And I’m looking forward to growing more of the Artisan Seeds unreleased test varieties of tomatoes. The baby beefsteak I grew last year is back again, and it was a real standout for me here. I also plan to try their named and announced varieties Green Bee, Madera and Bellota.
As usual, I plan to grow a lot of different squashes, both summer and winter kinds. I found several winter squash to trial, including a couple of kabocha types. Last year I grew the Japanese hybrid Tetsukabuto and it not only did well but we enjoy eating it too. So this year I want to try Sweet Mama, which is a 1979 AAS Winner with a compact habit that I don’t recall ever growing. And Delica is a kabocha type with full vines I hope to trellis. For summer squash I plan to grow my old standbys too like White Scallop, Enterprise and Striata d’Italia plus new favorites like Sunstripe, Clarimore and Astia.
Last year we fell in love with the heirloom beans from the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center Inc. I want to try a couple of new-to-me varieties called Turkey Craw and Headrick Greasy Cut-Short. Something that goes well with the cooked beans are the Yellow Potato onions, a multiplier type I already have planted. These were very productive for me last year, and while the onions aren’t very big they are perfect for many dishes and keep quite well.
Since I love to experiment with growing new things, so my growing list is always long. And there are always last-minute changes to my list. I will work on getting my seed orders together in the coming weeks.
Varieties I am growing for the first time are marked with an *.
Asian Greens: Asian Delight Pak Choi*,Bopak pac choi, Koji tatsoi, Kyoto mizuna, Miz America mizuna, Mizspoona Salad Select, Mei Qing Pak Choi, Red Kingdom mustard, Vivid Choi
Basil: Amethyst, Aurelia*,Corsican, Italian Pesto, Italiano Classico, Profuma di Genova, Queenette Thai, Rosie, Sweet Thai
Beans (bush): Derby
Beans (pole): Bertie Best’s Greasy Bean, Blauhilde*, Fortex, Gold Marie, Headrick Greasy Cut-Short*, Musica, Robe Mountain, NT Half Runner, Trionfo Violetto, Turkey Craw*
Broccoli: Apollo, Artwork, Bay Meadows, Blue Wind, Diplomat, Green Magic, Gypsy, Imperial, Santee (PSB)
Cabbage: Cuor di Bue Grosso*, Conehead*, Deadon, Kaitlin, Little Jade (napa), Melissa Savoy, Minuet (napa), Pixie, Primo Vantage, Scarlette (napa), Soloist (napa), Tendersweet, Tiara
Collards: White Mountain Cabbage Collards, Jernigan Yellow Cabbage Collards
Cucumber: Corinto, Excelsior, Harmonie,Manny, Socrates, Tasty Jade, Vertina
Eggplant: Dancer, Fairy Tale, Galine, Nadia, Nubia*, Patio Baby
Garlic: Early Portuguese*, German Red, Godfather’s Italian, Idaho Silver, K’s Backyard*, Killarney Red, Lorz Italian, Moroccan Creole*, Nootka Rose, Red Janice, Red Toch, Russian Red, Sicilian Silver*, Siciliano, Silver White, Simonetti, Uzbek, Xian
Greens: Adagio arugula, Apollo arugula, Esmee Arugula*, Golden Corn Salad, Pink Lettucy Mustard*, Speedy arugula, Vibrant Joy mustard*
Kale: Darkibor, Dazzling Blue, Prizm, Red Ursa, Simone Broadleaf*, True Siberian, Tronchuda Beira, Western Front, White Russian, Wild Garden Mix
Kohlrabi: Kolibri, Konan, Kossak, Quickstar
Lettuce: 21st Century Fire, Anuenue, Australian Yellow, Bambi, Big Island, Cardinale, Elf Ears, Jester, Kilauea*, Lava Lamp, Manoa, Mayan Jaguar*, Pandero, Pele, Radichetta, Red Evolution, Red Sails, Red-Tinged Winter, Rosaine, Salad Bowl, Sierra, Simpson Elite, Slobolt, Slogun, Tall Oaks, Tango, Wavy Dory Romaine*
Melon: Gingaku, Mouse Melon/Mexican Sour Gherkin, New Mexico*
Onion: Candy, Copra, I’itoi, Red Torpedo Tropea, Sierra Blanca, Yellow Potato
Parsley: Georgian Flatleaf, Giant From Italy, Hungarian Landrace, Splendid
Peas: Avalanche, Oregon Sugar Pod 2, Petite Snap-Greens*,Sugar Ann
Pepper(hot): Aji Angelo, Aji Golden, Aji Panca, Aji Pena*, Anaheim, Bastan, Biggie Chili, Cayenneta, Emerald Fire, Farmers Market Jalapeno, Flaming Flare, Georgia Flame*, Guajillo, Hawaiian Sweet Hot*, Hot Happy Yummy, Holy Mole, Kaleidoscope, Korean Hot, Korean Winner*, Lady Choi, Malawi Piquante, Minero, Mosquetero, Pepperoncini, Roulette*, Senorita Jalapeno, Sugar Rush Peach*, Sugar Rush Red*
Pepper (sweet): Carmen, Cornito Giallo, Cornito Rosso, Criolla De Cocina*, Dulce Rojo, Escamillo, Glow, Hungarian Magyar, Jimmy Nardello’s, Nora, Numex Garnet, Numex Sweet, Orange Blaze, Paradicsom Alaku Sarga Szentes (aka P.A.S.S.)*, Pritavit, Sweet Happy Yummy, Topepo Rosso
Pumpkin: Dickinson, Winter Luxury*
Radish: Alpine, April Cross, Bora King, Summer Cross #3, Sweet Baby
Shallots: Conservor, Dutch Yellow
Spinach: Gigante Inverno (Giant Winter), Space
Squash(summer): Astia, Clarimore, Enterprise, Flaminio, Raven, Spineless Beauty, Sunstripe, Striato d’Italia, Tatume, Tempest*, White Scallop
Squash(winter): Angel Hair, Candy Roaster, Delica*, Fairy*, Honeyboat Delicata, Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck, Rancho Marques*, Seminole, Sweet Mama*, Tahitian Melon, Tetsukabuto, Thelma Sanders, Tromba d’Albenga, Turkeyneck, Zeppelin Delicata
Sweet Potatoes: Beauregard, Bonita, Carolina Ruby*, Gingseng*, Korean Purple, Murasaki*, O’Henry*, Purple, Red Japanese, Redmar
Tomatoes: Bellota*, Better Boy, Black Cherry,Brandywine, Brandywine Black*, Captain Lucky, Celebrity, Champagne, Chef’s Choice Orange, Chef’s Choice Pink, Chef’s Choice Red*, Chef’s Choice Yellow, Cherokee Carbon, Cherokee Purple, Defiant*, Garden Treasure, Golden Rave, Green Bee*, Health Kick, Honeydrop*, Jasper*, Juliet, Kiss The Sky*, Madera*, Marzano Fire, Mexico Midget, Mountain Merit*, Perfect Flame*, Plum Regal*, Rugged Boy*, Solar Flare*, Sun Gold, Sunpeach, Sun Sugar, Sweet Aperitif*, Vinson Watts, Viva Italia
Turnips: Hakurei, Nozawana, Scarlet Ohno Revival, Scarlet Queen Red Stems, Topper