Thursday, February 1, 2018

Time to plan this year’s garden

by Michelle L. Dauberman

The time for planning this year’s garden is upon you yet during these cold days you may be finding it hard to get back into the swing of things so here’s an inspired plant list to get you started!  Happy Gardening!

Arugula, 'Roquette' (Eruca vesicaria subsp sativa)
Beans, 'Maxibel' (Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Maxibel’)
Beans, 'Serengeti' (Phaseolus vulgarisSerengeti’)
Beans, ‘Black Turtle’ (Phaseolus vulgaris 'Black Turtle’)
Beans, 'Soleil' (Phaseolus vulgaris 'Soleil Filet')
Beets, 'Golden Orange' (Beta vulgaris 'Golden')
Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus)
Cucumber, 'Mouse Melons' (Melothria scabra) 
Endive, 'Tres FIne' (Cichorium endiva ‘Tres Fine’)
Kale, 'Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch' (Brassica oleracea 'Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch')
Lettuce, 'Kweik' (Lactuca sativa)
Lima Bean, 'Big Mama' (Phaseolus lunatus)
Okra, 'Burgundy' (Abelmoschus esculentus)
Spinach, red stemmed Malabar (Basella alba 'Rubra')
Tomatoes, 'Black Cherry' (Lycopersicon lycopersicum ‘Black Cherry’)
Tomatoes, 'Black Vernissage' (Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Vernissage')
Tomatoes, 'Amish Paste' (Solanum lycopersicum ‘Amish Paste’)
Tomatoes, 'Sungold Select 11' (Solanum lycopersicum ‘Sungold Select’)
Basil, 'Holy' (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
Basil, 'Napoletano' (Ocimum basilicum ‘Napoletano’)
Rosemary, 'Barbecue' (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Barbeque')
Tarragon, 'Siberian' (Artemisia dracunculoides)

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  1. Hi Michelle: Please specify why you recommended these vegetable cultivars. Thanks.

  2. Hi Philly Dirk: Thanks for your question. This list is for your inspiration. Please feel free explore these cultivars and discover how they may or may not be right for your garden. Best and Happy Gardening!