Lazy Housewife pole beans
I mentioned yesterday that the lettuce and spinach varieties we planted this year did really well for us, so I thought today I’d share what other vegetables we’ve been impressed with so far. For the most part we tried to use all heirloom seeds this year.
The lettuce was Bon Vivant Mesclun Blend from Vermont Bean Seed Company, and the spinach was Bloomsdale Long Standing, also from VBSC. Both stood up to the heat through the end of June, longer than I expected.
Our other early crop, peas, was a success as well. We planted Little Marvel from VBSC. A heavy and prolonged producer for such a little plant. It’s small size would make it ideal for a small backyard garden.
We’ve also been enjoying Calabrese broccoli from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Cabbage loopers are the bane of my gardening existence, so we tried row cover this year. When we saw a cabbage moth fluttering underneath the row cover we pulled it all off, thinking we’d failed. But when it was time to start harvesting we found no worms! The worms have just appeared in the last few days, so I think the row cover helped us beat the life cycle. Next year we’ll leave it on longer.
We’ve been picking Lazy Housewife pole beans from Seed Savers Exchange for over a week now and loving them. About 10 days earlier than any other pole bean, and they stay tender even when they get way too big.
For bush beans I’ve been very impressed with Empress, also from Seed Savers. They had much better germination than Kentucky Wonder Bush, which we haven’t even begun harvesting yet. We’ve been harvesting Empress for 10 days now.
We’ve just today started harvesting zucchini. We planted Black Beauty and Golden, both from Baker Creek. I can’t wait to make zucchini cupcakes and zucchini cake. Unfortunately it’s going to be too hot the rest of this week to even think about running the oven. Anyone have a microwave zucchini cake recipe?
So that’s what we’ve harvested so far. We’ll be having our first cucumbers in the next day or two! The tomato plants are loaded, but nothing is turning yet. I’ll give an update when we start
pigging out harvesting.