Thursday, March 27, 2008

2008 vegetable garden line-up!

Now that the regular season for Major League Baseball has officially begun, I guess it is time to introduce The 2008 GardenDesk Growers Baseball team!

Okay, I know a garden is not a baseball team, but just like in spring training, I have spent a lot of time figuring out which vegetable varieties will make the cut this year. In addition to which particular varieties I will plant, I had to decide which vegetables needed to be cut (I just don't have enough room on the field!). Last year my total area for the veg garden was 25'x40', all in raised beds. This year I am expanding it to 40'x48'but the outside 15' will be planted in old fashioned rows. I have painstakenly tried to fit everything in using graph paper but I still don't have enough space.

Sorry, I know you can't read the names listed on the graph paper. Just like last year, I have divided up the list into the following categories: Tomatoes, Cool Season, Main Season, Herbs, Decorations and Fruit. First I need to mention the veggies that I would like to grow but didn't make the cut.

This year's honorable mentions are: sweet potatoes, okra, leeks, beets and field pumpkins.

Now, the 2008 starting lineup

Introducing the GardenDesk Heirloom Tomatoes:

  • Aunt Ruby's German Green
  • Black Cherry
  • Black Krim
  • Brandywine
  • Brandywine (Glick's strain)
  • Caspian Pink
  • Delicious
  • Dixie Golden Giant
  • Egg Yolk
  • Furry Yellow Hog
  • Great White
  • Green Moldovan
  • Green Zebra
  • Kellogg's Breakfast
  • Kentucky Beefsteak
  • Pink Flamingo Ukranian
  • Principe Borghese
  • Prudens Purple
  • White Tomesol
  • The GardenDesk Hybrid Tomatoes:

  • 4th of July
  • Burpee's Supersteak
  • Celebrity
  • Early Girl
  • Golden Girl
  • La Rossa
  • Lemon Boy
  • New Girl
  • Orange Blossom
  • Park's Whopper
  • Roma
  • Siletz
  • Sub Artic
  • Introducing the GardenDesk Cool Season Players (many are already on the field!):

  • Potato Onions
  • Garlic
  • Peas
  • Broccoli-Green Goliath
  • Purple Cauliflower-Violet Queen
  • Radish-Cherry Belle, Easter Egg
  • Carrot-Short-n-Sweet, , Easter Egg
  • Swiss Chard-Five Color Silverbeet
  • Spinich-Space Hybrid, Melody Hybrid, Bloomsdale Long Standing
  • Head Lettuce-Summertime, Tom Thumb
  • Leaf Lettuce- Simpson Elite, Buttercrunch, Prizeleaf, Royal Oak Leaf, Lollo Rossa, Salad Bowl, Red Salad Bowl, Black Seeded Simpson, Mesclun Sweet Salad Mix, Pinetree Lettuce Mix
  • Oriental Greens-Komatsuma Tendergreen
  • Cabbage
  • And now for your Main Season GardenDeskers:

  • Corn-Mirai 301BC
  • Bush Green Beans-Tender Pick, Blue Lake Bush 274
  • Pole Beans-Kentucky Wonder
  • Cucumber-Park's Whopper, Straight 8, Burpee Bush
  • Squash-Vegetable Spaghetti
  • Zucchini-Ambassador, Longo Bianco
  • Onion-Red, White, Yellow Spanish
  • Potato-Kennebec, Russet Burbank
  • Bell Pepper-Park's Colossal Hybrid
  • Give it up for the GardenDesk Herbs:

  • Basil
  • Purple Basil
  • Oregeno
  • Chives
  • Thyme
  • Mint
  • Nasturtium
  • Horseradish
  • Next up, the GardenDesk Decoration Dudes:

  • Pumpkin-Jack Be Little
  • Gourds-Bird House Mix, Penguin, Assorted Gourd Mix
  • Sunflowers
  • And last but not least, the fruit selections:

  • Watermelon-Sugar Baby
  • Cantalope-Ambrosia
  • Strawberries-Cavendish and others
  • Blueberries-Jersey and others
  • Grapes (new)
  • Apples-Red Delicious, Golden Delicioius
  • Peaches
  • There will also be many annual flowers planted in the vegetable garden. This is my daughter's area and she has not given me her line-up card yet. I know there will be plenty of marigolds, cosmos, zinnias and morning glories.

    And there you have it ... The comprehensive list of players for GardenDesk 2008! Several players are already on the field. Many players have begun warming up inside under grow lights. More will soon join them. Stay tuned for more updates on the pending season and players! Will they all actually get in the game? Will they hit a homerun, or will some strike out? Many questions will soon be answered.

    What does your 2008 "player list" consist of? What vegetables will you be growing that I have left off my list? Are you as anxious to get started as I am?

    Dum dum da dum da dum .... CHARGE!


    Kimberley @ The Life of A Garden

    Oh! Can I come live in your garden?

    You're missing tarragon - the flavored vinegar is a classic french condiment. One little plant is enough for a year or two's supply.

    And OMG! Where's your parsley? Parsley is KEY.

    Listen to me go on at the master gardener...maybe it's because I garden for my stomach...but parsley...



    My wife is the herb expert. She doesn't let me mess with the actual herb garden (just kidding). The herbs I listed are grown IN the vegetable garden. My wife informs me that we are indeed growing tarragon and parsley and a slew of others I neglected to mention. I'll post about that as the season unfolds.



    Man, you've got a great garden layout!! Wish you had a bigger picture of that map posted!

    So what did you think of the Mirai? I bought a pack last year, but since we ended out moving I didn't get to plant it. I'm not sure what the viability of year-old corn is...I figure I'll give them a try this year and see what happens.

    N. & J.

    Wow! I'm jealous of the variety and quantity that you are able to grow. We are newbies and live in an apartment so we are container gardening for now.


    No Rain

    You are one serious veggie gardener! Do you sell your bounty, or is this all for your personal use?
    Happy eating,

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