May 18, 2012

Heirloom Veggie Garden list

Well ... it's been a while and I've decided to give the page a bit of an overhaul. Hopefully a lot more posts, shorter ones, and loads more photos as the summer gets into gear. We finally have some good weather again in Ontario and it looks like the cold nights are passing. Good news for the seedlings!!

Next weekend is the traditional "planting" weekend, when warmer weather veggies get planted out into the garden - like tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, etc.

I'm really getting into the heirloom vegetables this year, and not only with tomatoes. There are so many arguments for growing your own veggies (organic, cheaper, more convenient), but even more for growing heirlooms (save your own seed, sustainable, better flavour). I've been reading about the GMO controversies and I'd much rather grow my own vegetables if possible, from heirloom organic seed, than risk growing out a genetically modified hybrid seed (or eating a genetically modified hybrid vegetable from the supermarket) that may or may not have harmful side-effects. There will still be items to purchase from those supermarkets, especially in the winter, and other veggies that aren't practical for me to grow, but I think I'll try to do what I can to try to grow many of our summer veggies. It gives me peace of mind, at any rate!

I am also looking forward to canning/home preserving this fall ... salsas, tomato sauce, pickles, pickled vegetables, jams, bbq sauces, and lots of other ideas.

That being said, the veggies I am planning to grow this summer are:

Carrots - Nantes Coreless and Imperator
National Pickling Cucumber
(Slicing Cucumber - not sure which one yet)
Onions - Red Zeppelin, Spanish Sweet
Lettuce - Grand Rapids, Green Oakleaf

Winter: My Nonno's heirloom from Italy, Burgess Buttercup
Summer: Golden Marbre, English Golden Custard

Bush: Ireland Creek Annie,Tigers Eye,Thibodeau du Comte Beauce
Pole: Bosnian, Hidasta Shield, Aunt Jeans, Amish Gnuttle, Cherokee Trail of Tears,Turkey Craw, Bridgewater, Northeaster

Sweet: Chervena Chuska, Giant Aconcagua, Carmagnola Rossa, Corbaci

Chili: Black Hungarian, Black Czechoslovakian,Cascabel

Tomatoes: (this year I am growing lots of greens, purples and bicolour/striped tomatoes to determine our favourite varieties of these colours -- trying to narrow down the list!!)
Paste: Smoky Mountain, Opalka
Green: Cherokee Green, Absinthe, Green Zebra, Green Pineapple, Moldovan Green, Malkhitovaya Shkatulka
Purple: Pruden's Purple, Cherokee Purple, Purple Calabash, Eva Purple Ball, Aunt Ginny's Purple
BiColour/Striped: Ananas Noir, Striped German, Pineapple, Northern Lights, Hillbilly, Orange Russian 117, Berkeley Tie Dye Pink, Berkeley Tie Dye, Oaxacan Jewel, Black and Brown Boar
Cherry Tomato: Isis Candy

* also Sweet Basil, Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, Dill, Cilantro, Thai Basil (perhaps, or another variety), Summer Savory, several types of Mint, Thyme, Lemon Thyme. Possibly Oregano and Rosemary. Raspberries. Grapes - both white and red.

* next year, I will be looking to add some heirloom Slicing Cucumbers, a couple more varieties of thyme (orange balsam, rose petal, etc), heirloom onions from seed, different colours of tomatoes, and other ideas that I'm sure I haven't thought of yet!!

And all this in what is not THAT large a space ... Yikes!

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