Growing a Vegetable Garden

Garden Vegetables

Time to start thinking “Fall Garden”

May seem early for some that still hadn’t finished harvesting from the spring garden but now is the time to start thinking about that fall garden. If you don’t already know it find your average first frost date. Here in Zone 8 it’s November 15th. Decide what you’re going to plant in the fall garden, how long it takes to produce then count back. Give yourself plenty time in case you’re hit with an early frost.

Like in the spring break up and fertilize your garden. Just about everything with the exception of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant can be seeded directly into the garden. Remember to keep the soil watered until they come up. If you hadn’t already started tomatoes, peppers, eggplant do it now otherwise you’ll have to try and find some at your local feed and seed or garden center.

Once planted keep a close eye on those insects. There’s more of them in the summer and they love eating young tender plants. It’s also much drier in the months of July, August and September so make sure you keep em watered. Good luck and stay hydrated.

What's growing in the raised beds

Cherokee Purple and Black Krim Tomatoes

Bull Nose Bell Peppers.


Bull Nose Bell Peppers and a Hungarian Wax Peppers


Cherokee Purple tomatoes almost ready


Garden helper


Yellow Straight Neck Squash ready for harvest.


Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato

Cherokee Purple tomato now 6 1/2 feet tall, about half grown


Black Krim tomatoes

Black Krim tomatoes won't be long now


Tendergreen Burpless Cucumbers


Tendergreen cucumbers ready for harvest

Tendergreen cucumbers ready for harvest


My top picks for the vegetable garden

Over the years I've come to favor certain varieties that I'd like to share with you.  Flavor most often determines my choices but in some cases production is also a factor.

Beans, Snap, Bush … Contender (production) Blue Lake (flavor)

Beans, Snap, Pole … Blue Lake (flavor)

Beets … Detroit Dark Red and Bull’s Blood (flavor)

Broccoli … Packman (flavor and production)

Cabbage … Copenhagen Market (flavor and holds well)

Cantaloupe … Hales Best Jumbo (flavor and production)

Carrots … Danvers 126 (production)

Cauliflower … Amazing and Snowball self-blanching (flavor)

Corn, Sweet … Incredible (flavor and production)

Cucumber … Just about any Burpless (flavor)

Eggplant …. Black Beauty (flavor and production)

Lettuce … ButterCrunch (flavor and production)

Mustard Green … Southern Giant Curled and Tendergreen (flavor and production)

Okra … Cowhorn (flavor and production)

Onions, Bulb … Candy (flavor, production and they're huge)

Onions, Tops … Evergreen White Bunching (production)

Peas … “Top Pick” pink eye purple hull and Zipper Cream (flavor and production)

Peppers, Hot … Hungarian Hot Wax (mild flavor and production)

Peppers, Sweet … Lafayette F1 (flavor and production)

Potatoes, Irish … Red Lasorda (only kind we can get locally)

Spinach … Bloomsdale (flavor)

Squash, Summer … Early Straight Neck and the Crookneck (flavor and production)

Squash, Winter … Butter Cup (flavor and production)

Tomatoes … Cherokee Purple and Black Krim (flavor)

My Planting Guide


Zipper Cream Peas

Zipper Cream Peas

Cowhorn Okra

Cowhorn Okra

Incredible Sweet Corn

Incredible Sweet Corn

Candy Onion Transplant

Candy Onion Transplant

The GreenStalk vertical planter


This spring I'll be working and videoing my progress with the GreenStalk vertical planter. It's stackable with a slow drip watering system which works well if set-up on a level surface. My plans are to transplant my green onions on the bottom tier, maybe some lettuce or spinach on the second tier and Hungarian hot wax peppers on the top, along with a few bell peppers. A spinner is available to make turning the planter simple and easy for maximum sunlight and harvesting.

Green Stalk Planter
GreenStalk planter

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