Taking Inventory from Fall 2009’s Garden

Here’s what I have left over from Fall 2009. (OG=organic), with some comments below.

From FreedomSeeds.org

  • 0 seeds, De Cicco Broccoli OG
  • 0, Cardinale Lettuce OG
  • 0, Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage
  • 0, Reine de Glaces Iceberg Lettuce OG
  • 0, Ashworth Yellow Sweet Corn OG
  • 225, Detroit Dark Red Beets OG
  • ~50, Deer Tongue Lettuce OG
  • ~75, Grandma Admire’s Butterhead Lettuce OG
  • ~100, Red Giant Mustard OG
  • ~60, Red Velvet Leaf Lettuce OG
  • ~100, Forellenschluss Lettuce OG
  • ~220, Bloomsdale Spinach OGF

From SeedSaver’s Exchange

  • 0, Red Russian Kale OG
  • 0, Blue Solaize Leek
  • 0, Lacinto Kale OG
  • 0, Ailsa Craig Onion
  • 0, Cherokee Trail of Tears Beans OG
  • 0, Calypso Beans OG
  • 0, Long Island Improved Brussel Sprouts
  • 0, Early Snowball Cauliflower
  • 0, Agate Soybean OG
  • 26, Good Mother Stallard Beans OG
  • 26, Purple Pod Pole Beans OG
  • 37, Rhubarb Swiss Chard OG
  • 64, Five Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard OG
  • 81, Red Burgandy Okra
  • ~60, Jolly Jester Marigold
  • 250, English Lavender
  • 250, Common Chives OG
  • 250, Purple Top White Globe Turnip

From GreenMama’s Organic Garden Center

  • 0, Blue Lake Pole Bean OG
  • 0, Early Prolific Straightneck Summer Squash OG
  • 0, Contender Bush Bean OG
  • 16, Black Beauty Zucchini Summer Squash OG
  • 18, Marketmore Cucumber OG
  • ~80, Canival Blend Carrot OG
  • 34, Elves Blend Sunflower OG
  • 38, California Wonder Sweet Pepper OG
  • 17, Sugar Snap Peas OG
  • ~200, Cherry Belle Radish OG
  • ~200, Bouquet Dill OG
  • 4, Prairie Coneflower Echinacea OG
  • 32, Ace Bush Tomato OG
  • ~50, Common Oregano OG
  • ~200, Moss Curled Parsley OG
  • all (unopened packet), Moss Curled Parsley OG
  • all, Greek Yeveni Mini Basil OG
  • all, Marjoram OG
  • all, Mizuna Mustard, Siu Cai, Xiu Cai OG
  • all, Common English Thyme OG
  • all, Broadleaf Garden Sage OG

My biggest successes certainly were the beans and the lettuces. The kale and swiss chard came in well too, but they were not as well received by my family. I think the general consensus was that the flavors were too strong. I agree the flavors were strong, but I still like both vegetables. I’d choose swiss chard over kale, though. The beans were prolific enough to give us a fair supply in our freezer, from which we are still occasionally drawing. I mixed all of the varieties together, rather than store them separately. I enjoy the blend of flavors, colors, and shapes. In spite of two snows now, the lettuces I planted still are producing. I now know that I can grow produce year-round here. Wonderful.

Some of my failures for last Fall’s crop were: corn-it didn’t really come up to speak of, carrots-I really like carrots, but I managed to grow only a sparse crop of poor tasting ones, broccoli-another one I was looking forward to, but for lack of attention or poor pollination, it didn’t come in well enough.

The others were a mixed bag. I picked some squash, though only a few. We enjoyed them baked with brown sugar, my favorite way to have squash. I had a varment devour a few of my plants. I didn’t get around to planting a few. Many were not taken care of sufficiently.

However, I went into my Fall planting in a bit of a rush. I got to it late in the season. The soil was only prepped by tilling. I hadn’t done any soil amendments. I have yet to fence in the area. Regular watering last season consisted of relying on the rain. Much of the above is due to the fact that I, for the time being, am doing most of my gardening away from home, as it were. My large plot is on my parents’ land. Here at our house we garden around 20 square feet. So, considering the rough start. I was pleased with the outcome. I expected no more that first season.

Next…on to this Spring. My new seeds have arrived. The snow, hopefully, has done its worst ’til next year.

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