Monday, December 31, 2007

I'm overwhelmed by seed catalogs

Really. There are just too many choices. I've gone through the last several years of garden journals and have the basics listed, but we have to think about the tailgate market and our own consumption. One thing I do know, we need more potatoes and onions. It was hard to keep up with demand at the market.

I have room for at least one new red slicing tomato. I'm still in search of the perfect paste type. Amish Paste succumbed to about every blight and fungus as soon as it was in the ground. The old stand-by Roma is pretty resisitant, but just so-so in flavor. Any suggestions? I will be ordering Spear's Tennessee Green, Flame, Kentucky Beefsteak, Principe Borghese, and Stupice.

What are your favorite varieties of bell pepper, pumpkin and squash? Lettuces? I have my favorites, but am always willing to experiment. Any other additions you've tried and loved? And you southern gardeners, any luck in a good keeper onion?

Back to looking and dreaming. It supposed to be rather warm today, so I may get out and finish preparing the new no-till beds before the snow flies tomorrow (and I'll believe that when I see it).


  1. So far a squash goes I have been underwhelmed by all Hubbards save Golden Hubbard. Most of the Gray/green Hubbards have really light yellow flesh and have not been pleasant to east.

    Golden Hubbard by contrast is much more orange (almost like a butternut) and the shell is hard enough to match the anecdotes about Hubbards in general (I "open" the squash by dropping it on my cement sidewalk, the shell is about as hard as a walnut).

    For more, see: Golden Hubbard in squash enchiladas

    I originially bought the seed from Seed Savers in Decorah Golden Hubbard, and I saved some seeds (that I hope will breed true). Let me know if you'd like some.

  2. We are all overwhelmed with too many choices. How much novelty does one gardener really need?" I've started to focus my seed buying on Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, a worthy cause that happens to be located not too far away in Virginia.

  3. Anonymous9:48 PM

    I grew Hungarian Paste tomatoes last year here in western NC. They did well--a little better than the Amish Paste I also planted. I lked the size, taste, and disease resistance better.

    Don't know of any good keeping onions to grow here. The onions I grow might keep if they were stored in a different climate. I buy sets in the spring from Fletcher Feed and Seed.

    Molly Hamilton