Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Louis's Vegetable Garden—original varietals with a few covers

Spring Order—Oliver’s Finest Seeds from the 2011 Catalog
Following Sunday night’s delivery of 11 inches of heavy, heavy snow, I went straight for the seed catalog. It had arrived early January but I paid it no attention for two months, way too soon to entertain the idea that spring might spring. Now nothing else would do but to sit down and make my list. I know that I can’t grow tomatoes from seed, peppers just as foolish, but when I saw these new varieties, I couldn’t resist.

On the Sunny Side of the Street
Early firm red globes, bright clear flavor with a hint of brass
How Long Has This Been Going On?
Spineless plant, likes all soils, nutty, tangy taste makes it a top favorite. Easy to pick, long growing season.
Anybody Want to Try My Cabbage?
A No. 1 red cabbage, mid-late, chops easily, split resistant. Good holding ability.
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Savoy Cabbage
Firm, crinkled heads with tender leaves, sweet as wine, romps to harvest
C’est Si Bon
Best purple, tender, fast maturing, diameter reaches 8” with interior still so sweet, holds well in the field.
I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling
Pole Beans
African-Latin heirloom, brown seed with deep brown stripes, retains flavor even when fully mature.
Heebie Jeebies
Swiss Chard
Many colored stems, taste is almost electric, bordering on scat, somewhat vulnerable to cold.
Gully Low Blues
Sweet Pepper
Dark green, shapely fruit tapers to blunt point, ripens glossy red then purple
Hotter Than That
Habanero Pepper
Blow your socks off sting, use fresh or dried, key ingredient in Creole sauces
Potato Head Blues
Russet Potato
Scab-free, cylindrical, loses the blues at maturity, delicious and stores well
Beau Koo Jack
Fingerling Potato
Rose blush, smooth, melt in your mouth flavor, tastes like a million bucks
Cornet Chop Suey
Heirloom Tomato
Mahogany brown shoulders with fleshy green tones, rich flavor, dripping with juice
I’m in the Market for You
Heirloom Tomato
First recorded planting 1930, golden globes marbled interiors, complex regal flavor
King of the Zulus
Heirloom Tomato
Our best black tomato, spirited, withstands drought and excessive moisture, rules the patch

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