Garden review

Most years, I’m a scatterbrain when it comes to planning my garden.  I usually grow what I think is pretty and don’t put too much thought into the layout of the garden until the last minute.  This past year, I actually took the time to do companion planting and sketch the layout.  This will hopefully prevent me from standing in the middle of the garden, staring aimlessly out into space, overwhelmed by the sheer number of plants and where to put them (an annual tradition of mine).

pink beauty radishes -

Pink Beauty radish

pantano romanesco tomato -

Pantano Romanesco tomatoes

early wonder beets -

Early Wonder beets

german pink tomato -

German Pink tomato

peppers -

Quadrato D’Asti Rosso, Lady Bell, Purple Beauty and Emerald Giant peppers

puple teepee bean -

Purple Teepee bush bean

mortgage lifter tomato -

Mortgage Lifter tomato

purple viking potatoes -

Purple Viking potatoes

buttercrunch lettuce -

Buttercrunch lettuce

pearly pink tomatoes -

Pearly Pink tomatoes

white eggplant -

White eggplant

brandywine tomato -

Brandywine tomatoes

Last year, with my garden expansion, I got a little carried away with the amount of different varieties I planted.  This year, I’m going to try and contain myself and only plant my favorites, which I’ve found to be great producers and easy to grow (and pretty, too).  As you see, I do have a slight obsession with purple vegetables (again, because they’re pretty), and I love to grow tomatoes (even though I rarely eat them).


  • Mortgage Lifter 
  • Brandywine 
  • Pantano Romanesco* (slow growing; last tomato to ripen)
  • German Pink 
  • Pearly Pink 
  • Celebrity
  • Blue Beauty
  • Morado* (temperamental, stunted plants)
  • Black Krim* (low production; most rotten on vine)
  • Fox cherry* (low production)
  • Super Sweet cherry
  • Chocolate cherry

Root Veggies

  • Cosmic Purple carrot
  • Muscade carrot
  • Kuroda Long 8 carrot
  • Scarlet Nantes carrot
  • Atomic Red carrot
  • Early Wonder beet
  • Pink Beauty radish
  • Malaga radish


  • Purple Viking potato
  • Kennebec potato
  • Beauregard sweet potato
  • Georgia jet sweet potato


  • National Pickling
  • Early Fortune
  • Chicago Pickling
  • Delikatesse
  • Boston Pickling
  • Muncher

Garlic (all new varieties)

  • Music
  • Susanville
  • Italian Late
  • Mount Hood
  • Siberian
  • Inchelium
  • Duganski
  • Polish


  • Purple Beauty
  • Lady Bell
  • Emerald Giant
  • Quadrato D’Asti Rosso* (extremely slow growing; low production)
  • Topepo Rosso

Bush Beans

  • Contender bush bean
  • Purple Teepee bush bean
  • Blue Lake bush bean

Everything Else

  • Lungo Bianco zucchinni
  • Fordhook zucchinni
  • Table Dainty squash
  • Lebanese White Bush Marrow squash
  • Rosa Bianca eggplant
  • New York Improved eggplant
  • White eggplant
  • Early White Vienna kohlrabi
  • Sugar Snap pea
  • Sugar Ann Snap pea
  • Buttercrunch lettuce
  • Rocky Top lettuce mix
  • Italian Basil
goat -

Munching on beet tops

Never mind, I lied.  The postman just delivered the new Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog as I was sitting here typing.  Run!  Save yourselves!!  It’s too late for me.

Oh, look!  More purple tomatoes…

baker creek catalog -


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