Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Garden layout and Plant list

Better Homes and Gardens Heirloom Garden Plan





















Vegetable Garden

A Amish Paste Tomato
Teardrop-shaped red fruit, meaty and juicy with outstanding flavor. Amish
heirloom discovered in Wisconsin, 85 days after transplanting.

B Brandywine Tomato
Flattened form, red, rich flavor has slightly spicy flavor, grows 6-7 inches
in diameter and up to 1 pound. Amish heirloom, 90 days.

C Amish Snap Pea
Long-time favorite in the Amish community, flavorful 2-inch pods on 5-to
6-foot vines. Prolific, and will yield for 6 weeks if picked regularly, 60
days.

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Super Sugar Snap Peas
3-to 4-inch pods on a disease-resistant vine, grow on 2-foot-wide
trellises, 62-66 days.

D Vernandon Bush Beans
Gourmet filet beans from France, meaty texture, delicate and rich flavor.
Harvest at 6-inch length, 50-60 days.
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Sequoia Bush Bean
Italian-type Romano, 5-inch-long purple pods turn green when cooked,
50-60 days.

E White Wonder Cucumber
Heirloom variety and hardy grower in hot weather, ivory-skinned cukes
have a mild flavor and unique color, pick at 7 inches, great for salads and
fancy pickles, 35-60 days.
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Miniature White Cucumber
Ivory-colored 3-inch cucumber, sweet eating that requires no peeling.
Productive, growing on 3-foot vines, 50-55 days.
F Alma Paprika Pepper

According to Seed Savers this is "a favorite at Heritage Farms," best for
drying and grinding into paprika or eating fresh, slightly warm and very
sweet, can be cream, orange, or red, 70-80 days.
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Beaver Dam Pepper

A Hungarian heirloom brought to Wisconsin in 1929 by the Joe Hussli
family. Great when eaten sliced and raw in cheese or meat sandwiches
or for stuffing. Mildly hot when seeded. Crunchy, green to red, 80 days.

GRosa Bianca Eggplant
Lavender-rose with white markings, round to teardrop shaped, Italian
heirloom is tender and creamy, pick when 5 to 6 inches and shiny, good
for stuffing, 70-80 days.

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Louisiana Long Green Eggplant
Southern heirloom variety with extremely sweet, long fruits, mild and
tender skinned. Pale lime-green in color with creamy-white flesh, easy to
cook, grill, or broil, 75-100 days.

H Purple Sweet Basil
Purple-red leaves on bushy plants with reddish stems. Use in salads, as
garnish, or flavor vinegars.


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Lavender
"Munstead strain" of lavender will provide fragrant foliage and lavender
blooms much of the summer. Use as a garnish or in potpourri.

I Pinwheel Marigold (Tagetes erecta "Pinwheel")
A single-blooming marigold with gold and red stripes, first mentioned in
Curtis’ Botanical Journalin 1791, 24-36" tall.
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Chamomile (Motricaria recutita "Bodegold")
Small "daisies" with yellow centers, slightly apple scented, use in teas.
Sweet blooms are said to benefit pollination of nearby vegetables,
2 feet tall.

J Purple Dragon Carrot
Named for its red-purple exterior, but the interior is deep orange, sweet,
juicy and slightly spicy. Harvest at smaller sizes for best flavor, grows
quickly, 60-70 days.
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Royal Chantenay Carrot
Reliable variety that will grow in heavier soils, deep orange and good for
canning, freezing, and juicing, 60-70 days.

K Nordic IV Spinach
Sturdy hybrid form Holland, fast growing, 8-inch leaves have a
delicate flavor and can be creamed or used in salads or pasta dishes.
39-45 days.
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Bloomsdale Spinach
Vigorous, dark green stalks with twisted leaves, tender and well flavored.
Good for salads, cooked, or canned, first introduced in 1908. 39-60
days.

L Hailstone Radish
Pure white skinned radish with firm, crunchy flesh, globe shaped,
23-40 days.
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Early Scarlet Globe Radish
Bright red globe with white flesh, 1-inch diameter, good flavor,
20-28 days.

MMerville des Quatre Saisons Lettuce
Easy-to-grow French heirloom, soft butterhead type. Loose pale leaves
are tinged with rose and bronze shades, good for baby greens,
50-60 days.
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Cardinale Lettuce
"French crisp" lettuce has thick, crunchy red leaves, heat tolerant and
delicious, 50-60 days.

NBorentta Onion
Mild-flavored Italian heirloom is a "little onion." Matures at 2 inches,
bronze-rose color, great for cooking. 100-110 days.
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German Red Garlic
A German heirloom with 8 to 12 cloves, light brown with purplish base,
plant 4 weeks prior to the first fall frost.

6 comments:

Rowing and Sowing said...

This is WONDERFUL! And so interesting. I just got the tiller out yesterday, cranked it up, and began tilling the garden areas because it’s time to plant the radish, lettuce and set out the onion sets. We usually do sweet peas, too, but we’re a little late in getting started (I might try them anyhow.) I will be making the “rows” today (which requires putting the plow on the tiller - it's the harder job - more strenuous work.) After I make the rows, I have to take a hoe and "knock the top down" (a process that flattens the top of that row out so that it‘s not too high) and then I make the “crater” down the entire row with the hoe (where the seed will go). When the radish and lettuce are finished, it’ll be time to plant the squash and the rest of the summer vegs and flowers.

This “circle” gardening (no rows) is so very interesting! The layout they talk about makes perfect sense, too.

I love sunflowers! The deer (or it might have been rabbits) last year kept nipping all my sunflowers off right before they were to bloom! (they love a garden too!)

This year, I want to learn how to CAN (been saying that for years) and how to do SALSA and CHOW CHOW!!
I need about 48 hours in one day lol!

Have a great day! I love this blog!!

A Softer Side said...

(grin)
I thought you might appreciate my thought processes.

I have a 'virgin' spot in the back- full sunlight, flat and no tree roots that will be plowed TOMORROW!!!! I am excited (can you tell?) at the prospect of having a full fledged garden. Usually I do a few tomatoes, peppers and generally easy stuff, but this year I want to have another commune with mom nature.

I did find the circular gardens interesting (especially if one doesn't have much room to plant) and may experiment with that a bit as well.

A tiller is next on my 'list' but this go around needs a tractor. The ground is so hard here; I am sure I will have to make many amendments to the soil.

The plant list was an heirloom garden list- based on companion gardening concept. I will most likely change many of the varieties but keep the general design.

If my garden is fruitful I intend to can, dehydrate and freeze (as well as donate to a few local entities that survive solely on the basis of donations).

Good to know the meanderings of my mind are appreciated.

Have a fantastic day.

Zoe said...

Salsa?? did someone say salsa?? ohhh yeah your talking straight to my heart..let's can salsa!!!

A Softer Side said...

I am replacing some (most) of the heirloom plants with the same type of plant but not necessarily from heirloom seeds.

I do intend to do an heirloom garden next year; no genetically engineered ~ all open polinated seeds and plants. Probably will do business with Johnny's or Cooks garden seeds (both are reputable), but, for my first real gardening adventure since 2001 I am going a bit on the easier side and using the basic 'what you see is what you get' varietiies of seeds from local stores (Burpees, etc.).

mike said...

Who is the yard artist? Fantastic layout and even the little preportrait of the garden is nicely done. I can't wait to be able to see the comparison between the art and real life!

A Softer Side said...

Good Morning!

The garden layout is an heirloom garden from Better Homes and Gardens (link is now on the post). That particular layout will fit my needs admirably, and, although I may not use all heirloom plants I will be following the diagram as far as companion planting.

I am excited with the prospect of having a 'real' garden this year.

Thanks for stopping by.