Vegetable Varieties

Here are some resources to help you decide what to grow:



Hybrids vs. Open-pollinated

Hybrids and open-pollinated seeds are THE two types of seeds. Open-pollinated seeds are seeds as nature created them, and they have existed since plants began.  OP plants are simply varieties that are capable of producing seeds that will produce seedlings just like the parent plant. If the open-pollinated seed existed many years ago it can …

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My Favorite Varieties

Below are some varieties that I am extremely happy with.  I would never consider not growing these varieties.  We love them, and they were all very popular sellers when we sold our vegetables at the farmers market. Pole Bean, Romano – Smeraldo –   These beans have outstanding flavor.  I’ve never liked raw beans but these …

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Cornell’s Variety Website

If you’re like me, you dream of growing a garden with extra delicious produce.  Just growing a home garden is a huge part of achieving this.  Your homegrown produce will just naturally have better flavor. Choosing varieties that are particularly known for having great flavor will make your garden produce even more scrumptious. I often …

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Vegetable “Types” Explained

Here are some descriptions of different types of seeds: Beans – Shell vs. Dry – Carol Deppe has the definition listed in her book The Resilient Gardener.  Shell beans are types of beans that grow from pod to developing green bean seeds rather quickly, but they delay maturity somewhat.  So you can pick them in …

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Our Farmer’s Market Best Sellers

Here is a chart that shows the vegetables  that we were most successful (financially) at growing and selling during the two years of our farmers market business. Our farmer’s market customers knew they could count on us for great tasting vegetables.  We extensively researched the varieties we grew.  We wanted outstanding production and great flavor. …

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Four crops for self sufficiency

Most vegetable gardens gravitate to salad vegetables. But humans don’t live on salad alone.  If you’re interested in growing the bulk of the food needed to sustain you throughout the year, consider the recommendations of Carol Deppe.   In her book, , she advises four garden crops for subsistence gardening; potatoes, squash, beans, and corn. Potatoes …

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