choosing tomato varieties

 
 
All America Selections (AAS) is a great place to start when looking for new tomato varieties to try. It’s is a national, non-profit plant trialing organization that tests new, never-before-sold varieties and selects winners with superior performance. I toured a dozen seed breeders in CA with AAS last summer and they are a fantastic organization. My wish list has a bunch of AAS Winners that I’d like to try out next year. First, Mountain Rouge, a brand new 2019 AAS Winner. I visited its breeder, Bejo USA, last summer and…
 

2019 variety list

 
 
Arugula Beets Boro Bok Choi Asian Delight, Mei Qing Choi, Win-Win Choi Broccoli Bay Meadows, Diplomat, Piracicaba Brussels Sprouts Dagan Cabbage Alcosa, Minuet Napa, Red Express, Tendersweet Carrot Amarillo, Bolero, Mokum, Scarlet Nantes Celeriac Mars Cilantro Slo-bolt Corn Northstine Dent, Painted Mountain Dent, Jerry Petersen Blue Flint, Robust 997 Popcorn Cucumber Boothby’s Blonde, Diva, Japanese Long, Max Pack, Straight Nine, Tasty Green Endive Dubuisson Escarole Rhodos Fennel, bulb Fino Gourds Autumn Wings Mix Greens Misome Herb Basil Eleonora, Basil Purple Opal, Basil Sweet Thai, Basil Tuscany, Dill Teddy, Parsley Italian…
 

vegetable, flower, and herb plants for shade

 
 
Last Sunday I worked in the “Ask-A-Master-Gardener” booth at the Boston Flower Show. The most popular question I had was: What should I plant in my shady garden? I have several shady areas in my gardens. Knowing what plants will grow there is helpful. Here’s a list I’ve put together.  VEGETABLES Full Shade (None) Part Shade (dappled shade all day or 4 hours of sun per day) Leafy greens including arugula, beet greens, cress, collard greens, endive, kale, leaf lettuce, mustard greens, radicchio, spinach, and Swiss chard Part sun (more…
 

when to plant vegetable seeds

 
 
It’s definitely time to sow seeds now. Here are some suggestions to figure out when is the best time to plant different types of seeds. – Try the iPhone calendar apps I wrote, I use these to plan when to plant: Skippy’s Vegetable Calendar App and Skippy’s Flower and Herb Calendar App. – Or try my old, very simple, and free online planting calendar: Online Vegetable Calendar. – Johnny’s online tool works pretty much the same: Johnny’s planting calculator – The University of Minnesota has a nice page on starting…
 

2018 variety list

 
 
Artichoke: Tavor Arugula (salad arugula) Asparagus, Mary Washington (green) Beets: Boro and Detroit Dark Red Bok Choi: Mei Qing Choi, Win-Win Broccoli: Bay Meadows, Blue Wind, Happy Rich, Piracicaba, Diplomat, and Raab Bunching onions: Nabechan Cabbage: Alcosa (green savoy), Red Express and Murdoc Cauliflower: Snowball Y and Little Cloud Celeriac: Brilliant Celery: Tango Cucumbers: Max Pack, Salt and Pepper, Boothby’s Blonde, Diva, and Corinto Eggplants: Orient Express, Hansel, and Barbarella Endive: Dubuisson Escarole: Natacha (broad-leaved Batavian) Gourd: Large Swan Neck Herbs: Chamomile, Lemon Mint, Tuscany Basil, Mammoth Sweet Basil, Creeping…
 

updates for our Planting Calendar Apps

 
 
An update for Skippy’s Vegetable Planting Calendar IPhone app will be out in the next few days. It will fix bugs including saving input frost dates and crops. Also vegetable planting information is updated. if you purchase the app now, you can use the update at no extra cost. Also anyone with the app already will be notified to download the update (no cost). The Vegetable Planting App is here HERE. I’ll be using this app to start my onions and celery this week. Be sure to email me any comments…
 

new varieties for this year!!

 
 
I have a lot of new varieties planned for this year. Why not be a bit adventuresome! Planning for fun in the garden takes my mind off of this winter. Not that it’s a bad winter, but I really want to get back outside in the dirt. Some of these are new varieties of plants I’ve grown before. Some are whole new plants that I’m trying for the first time – like artichokes, celery, and cumin. Artichoke, Tavor, only 95 days to harvest – I’ll grow some for flowers too…
 
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