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#1 2012-01-17 16:33:26

skeffling lavender farm
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What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

Where do you get them from usually?   Which have you tried certain varieties and  not liked them or you don't get much yield ?

We didn't plant as many veggies as usual last year because we thought we were moving, so have some older seeds we'll give a try anyway as we bought a  few tomato plants last year from the hardware store.  Tomatoes, hubby's favorite (I don't like fresh toms) cherry tomato is the Black cherry.  We grow Brandywine,  Belgian Giant,  Purple Prince and other purple and black beefy varieties.   Then Celebrity,  Better boy and Early girl.  Not really heritage but they are beautiful textbook looking tomatoes to give to friends and family.  We won't grow Reisenstraub again, it's the one you break pieces off to eat, each tom looks like a bunch of grapes.  Hubby said it tastes salty and it certainly rots quick cos of all the crannies for water or whatever to get in.  He's not keen on the gold and yellows, too sour!

Sweet Peppers the King of the North is awesome, Calwonder a bit slow unless we grown it in a cold frame and but wierdly it seems we can grow any hot peppers we turn our hand too.  Nothing will eat them but the odd suicidal earwig.  Even last year we had Cherry bomb, jalapenos, tabasco, habaneros chillies, that's about half of them.  We are going to do Ancho Poblanos again (missed last year) cos you can smoke and dry them and make your own chipotle pepper for Mexican cooking and it is good!  Hubby makes hot sauce with these, what doesn't go into salsa

Do you have favourite tomatoes breeds? Or others?  And where do you get them?

Ours are a mix of OSC (Ontario seed company), "Heritage seeds" in Manitoba, Ebay (great for crazy hot peppers), and Chickenlee on Poultry swap.

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#2 2012-01-17 18:22:04

NaturesPace
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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

My favorite tomatoes are paste or romas. I usually make sauce and salsa with them. I'm also going to get back to canning them this year. They are low on acid, so when canning you need to add some lemon or citric acid. They are very meaty tomatoes with little seed, but enough to save some for next year.
- Polish Linguisa, http://rareseeds.com/vegetables-p-z/tom … guisa.html
- Sheboygan, http://www.seedsavers.org/Details.aspx? … 84%28OG%29
- German Red Strawberry, http://www.tomatogrowers.com/GERMAN-RED … info/5481/

For Peppers
- Black Hungarian, http://rareseeds.com/vegetables-p-z/pep … epper.html
similar shape to Jalapenos, but dark purple or black. pretty purple flowers.
- Cayenne long thin, http://rareseeds.com/vegetables-p-z/pep … -thin.html
great for drying or using fresh. I usually save lots for drying and use for BBQ or anything that needs a kick.
NuMex HYBRIDS - New Mexico State University project
- Big Jim, http://www.tomatogrowers.com/NUMEX-BIG- … info/9522/
- Joe E Parker, http://www.tomatogrowers.com/NUMEX-JOE- … info/9224/
These are great for making enchilada sauce after they are dried. The plants are big and prolific. I don't like that they are hybrids but they are really great producers. more info about New Mexico State University program, http://www.chilepepperinstitute.org/

- I've been trying to grow some paprika varieties, but I never get enough peppers to dry and make our own paprika. Maybe this year. We moved and have a lot more room to grow lots of plants

I believe Chipotles are made by smoking Jalapenos. Poblanos are smoked Anchos. It's very confusing stuff.

I also love growing Lemon Cucumbers and Mexican Sour Gherkins, pumpkins, corn, beans, peas, beneficial flowers, garlic, herbs... many other things.


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#3 2012-01-18 19:11:45

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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

Makes me hungry just reading about them all!  Can't wait for Spring!!


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#4 2012-01-18 23:07:33

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

I have no luck with tomatoes at all.  I think because our soil has a lot of clay.  I have added to this garden every year (20 years) to at least be able to cultivate it.  I think the Persian Walnut that is the back yard may be too close??? Everything else grows in the garden though.  I used to can and freeze but with just the two of us again I only plant what we can eat fresh.
That consists of yellow and green beans, mixtures of lettuce, corn and fresh herbs and an attempt of tomatoes each year.  I usually get my seeds from William Dam in Dundas.

Nathan does make great salsa Claire :love:

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#5 2012-01-19 00:02:04

nuthatch333
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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

I like sweet dumpling squash, it is a bit iffy though. Sometimes its great and sometimes no so good. I always try to save seeds from the good ones. There is also a squash called something like delicado that isn't right but something like that. It was the best squash I ever had. I saved the seeds for four years and when I was finally in a position to have my own garden I planted them but only one came up and the frost killed it :sad: The ones I have bought since have not measured up.
What I am really on the hunt for is the perfect potatoe. I find store bought ones don`t have that fabulous old fashioned potatoe taste. this is my third year of growing, saved, heritage, and donated spuds.  I have several contenders but none really meet the expectations I have.  I remember what a truly good spud tastes like; my search will continue, even though my friends think I am nuts; but wait until they get to taste my holy grail of potatoes. :snowman:

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#6 2012-01-19 00:15:07

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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

I like to grow many vegetables and have a huge garden and give so much away, a couple things that I always grow are Detroit red Beets and Strawberry spinach, now I want to start my garden.


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#7 2012-01-19 01:16:12

Maggiesdad
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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

the squash is Delicata, and you're right - It is good! Tastes like sweet potatoes.

I like Red Pontiac for regular potatoes.

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#8 2012-01-20 03:01:25

Helliefant
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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

We grow the usual onions, potatoes, corn etc but we also grow 4-6 varieties do squash for winter feeding of the animals. Butternut is  a good keeper as is buttercup...which is my favourite. We tried Jumbo Banana this year...nicknamed the Torpedos...they grow huge but I am afraid they did not taste as good as the Buttercup and the don't keep well at all. Pepper squash keep well too and zucchini of course is best fresh so we tend to eat that in the summer. We rotate every year and add manure. We add chooks too to dig it over before planting! :chickout:
I also like the Roma tomatoes for canning.

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#9 2012-01-20 04:51:56

Maggiesdad
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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

As a kid, I despised these... two years ago I put some into my Mom's fall garden, and after having fresh sprouts kissed by cold weather - I can't get enough! We set seedlings the third week of Aug '11.

I harvested this one this morning at 19F, and Mom and I had them for lunch today:  Brussel Sprouts Hash, sweet Italian sausage, applesauce from a neighbor's tree, fresh carrot salad....  Mmmmmm! :eat:  And the chooks love the canopy leaves - everybody wins!

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-DMpbzOCs7OA/Txjv2AoPHNI/AAAAAAAAAsQ/a35Zht_9Oh8/s640/DSC_0561%252520%2525282%252529.JPG

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#10 2012-01-20 17:54:34

nuthatch333
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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

I despised brussel sprouts too as a child. Once I had them as a side dish at a restaurant and they were cooked perfectly and covered with hollandaise sauce. I have been a convert after that, the key is to cook them properly. Brussel sprouts and bacon are perfect to pair together.

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#11 2012-01-20 20:40:25

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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

Oh you guys are making me hungry.  I love brussel sprouts, I think I was the only kid that did like them.  I steam them and pour over melted butter and garlic.  Our family had another name for them.....toot bombs :oops:

By the way Glen I love your new avatar :thumbs:

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#12 2012-01-24 15:57:30

debbiej
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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

Tried and true best potatoes are Red Norland, they are available as certified organic

A great place for heritage seeds is    heritageharvestseed.com  she is located in Brandon MB and collected seeds from homesteads, across SK and MB so they are Prairie hardy, I've had success growing them here

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#13 2012-02-05 23:49:47

lys
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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

I love all veggies. My favourite pepper is pimiento de Gernika, fried and in salad are very yummy. But there are a lot of interesting varieties very differents.

We usually go to a exposition of collection plants nurseries. Most of them are french. I'm going to search the websites of some of them.

Nursery with a great collection of rare and ancient tomatoes.

http://lafermedessaveurs.pagesperso-orange.fr/


Aromatics & Tropicals

http://www.aromatiques.com/

Last edited by lys (2012-02-05 23:59:55)

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#14 2012-02-06 02:51:58

pops coops
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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

Maggiesdad wrote:

As a kid, I despised these... two years ago I put some into my Mom's fall garden, and after having fresh sprouts kissed by cold weather - I can't get enough! We set seedlings the third week of Aug '11.

I harvested this one this morning at 19F, and Mom and I had them for lunch today:  Brussel Sprouts Hash, sweet Italian sausage, applesauce from a neighbor's tree, fresh carrot salad....  Mmmmmm! :eat:  And the chooks love the canopy leaves - everybody wins!

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-DMpb … 252529.JPG

Nana and I love brussel sprouts  and yes best after a frost, when we cook them we eat way to much though.


peafowl many colours, India blue, Silver pied, Black shoulder, Midnight black shoulder, Cameo, Buford bronze, Pieds, Whites, Purple pieds, Javas and others, Black copper marans, Wheaten marans, Blue cochins, Euskal Oiloa,  Americanas, BLRW, Jersey Giants, Silkies , Naked neck silkies, Ridley bronze Bourbon red, Guineas,  Eclectus, parrotlets, Bare Eyed Cockatoos Macaws.
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#15 2012-02-06 02:57:44

NaturesPace
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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

pops coops wrote:

Maggiesdad wrote:

As a kid, I despised these... two years ago I put some into my Mom's fall garden, and after having fresh sprouts kissed by cold weather - I can't get enough! We set seedlings the third week of Aug '11.

I harvested this one this morning at 19F, and Mom and I had them for lunch today:  Brussel Sprouts Hash, sweet Italian sausage, applesauce from a neighbor's tree, fresh carrot salad....  Mmmmmm! :eat:  And the chooks love the canopy leaves - everybody wins!

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-DMpb … 252529.JPG

Nana and I love brussel sprouts  and yes best after a frost, when we cook them we eat way to much though.

Guess I better try some again. Recipes?


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#16 2012-02-06 03:05:06

pops coops
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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

skeffling lavender farm wrote:

Where do you get them from usually?   Which have you tried certain varieties and  not liked them or you don't get much yield ?

We didn't plant as many veggies as usual last year because we thought we were moving, so have some older seeds we'll give a try anyway as we bought a  few tomato plants last year from the hardware store.  Tomatoes, hubby's favorite (I don't like fresh toms) cherry tomato is the Black cherry.  We grow Brandywine,  Belgian Giant,  Purple Prince and other purple and black beefy varieties.   Then Celebrity,  Better boy and Early girl.  Not really heritage but they are beautiful textbook looking tomatoes to give to friends and family.  We won't grow Reisenstraub again, it's the one you break pieces off to eat, each tom looks like a bunch of grapes.  Hubby said it tastes salty and it certainly rots quick cos of all the crannies for water or whatever to get in.  He's not keen on the gold and yellows, too sour!

Sweet Peppers the King of the North is awesome, Calwonder a bit slow unless we grown it in a cold frame and but wierdly it seems we can grow any hot peppers we turn our hand too.  Nothing will eat them but the odd suicidal earwig.  Even last year we had Cherry bomb, jalapenos, tabasco, habaneros chillies, that's about half of them.  We are going to do Ancho Poblanos again (missed last year) cos you can smoke and dry them and make your own chipotle pepper for Mexican cooking and it is good!  Hubby makes hot sauce with these, what doesn't go into salsa

Do you have favourite tomatoes breeds? Or others?  And where do you get them?

Ours are a mix of OSC (Ontario seed company), "Heritage seeds" in Manitoba, Ebay (great for crazy hot peppers), and Chickenlee on Poultry swap.

Mortgage buster tomatoes are great, the story behind them id very interesting, but also grow the black and the early girl, I love growing tomatoes but don’t like the smell of the plants.


peafowl many colours, India blue, Silver pied, Black shoulder, Midnight black shoulder, Cameo, Buford bronze, Pieds, Whites, Purple pieds, Javas and others, Black copper marans, Wheaten marans, Blue cochins, Euskal Oiloa,  Americanas, BLRW, Jersey Giants, Silkies , Naked neck silkies, Ridley bronze Bourbon red, Guineas,  Eclectus, parrotlets, Bare Eyed Cockatoos Macaws.
http://popscoops.com/

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#17 2012-02-06 03:18:13

Maggiesdad
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Re: What are your favourite veggie varieties & are you tryin new ones?

naturespace wrote:

Guess I better try some again. Recipes?

I'll get the recipe from Mom tomorrow...  :love:

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