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Growing a Vegetable Garden

Springtime is right around the corner, you should have received those seed catalogues and now it’s time to decide which varieties will be going in the garden this spring and summer.  I’m sure you’re no different than I and like to try new things in the garden as well as the old standbys.  This year my tomato varieties will be “Cherokee Purple” and one I hadn’t planted in a few years “Coustralee”, an old French heirloom.  They’ll be planted in the raised beds again this year.  Onions have already been transplanted (video) in the raised beds rather than in the garden.  Hope these 72 “Candy” will be enough to supply us for the year.  The green onions have done real well in fact I’ll be thinning out some plants because they’re actually producing more than we need.


Reminder:  Time to start those Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplant inside.

Will be starting my tomato and pepper seeds real soon and hope to transplant in 6-8 weeks after all danger of a frost or freeze has passed.  Will have a few bell peppers and of course my favorite “Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers”.  They grow peppers straight up rather than down like a banana pepper.  It goes real well in a gravy, just the right amount of heat.


In the big garden I’ll be planting things that take up a lot of room like my sweet corn “Incredible” the “Top Pick” purple hull peas, some “Zipper Cream” peas, my “Corn Horn” okra and a few hills of “Hales Best” cantaloupe.  I was able to run the tiller through the garden during the winter which took out a lot of the winter grass and weeds so it’s not looking too bad.  Hope to make a shallow run through there soon to start getting it in shape for the sweet corn.  The earlier I can plant the better, beat the heat and some of the bugs.  

The West Box

The East Box


CarrotsCarrot Plants Mustard Greens Giant curled mustard greens Candy Onions




Hungarian Wax Peppers harvested from the 5 plants.



Summer Straight Neck Squash. I find these are best pick when smaller than a soda can. Cut up in half inch slices, boiled in seasoned water then adding butter is the way I like em. Since I'm the only one who eats em here, one plant at a time is pleny. Right before they start blooming I'll start another. This can be done all summer long.


Decided to let a few of these "Candy" Onions grow until the tops not only fell over but turned brown before harvesting. One of these is plenty to make several rice and gravies. Two heaping 5 gal. buckets was enough to put up 9 one gal. zip lock bags of chopped onions for the freezer. 



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