Every year we like to add new plants in the garden. Some of what we try ends up making it into our annual rotation, others get one season and they are gone!! To see a summary of the new stuff we grew last year you can go here. Usually we limit ourselves to 3 or 4 new crops but this year my master gardener course has filled my head with all kinds of new veggies to grow, so I’m going to have to make some space for a lot. Here’s the list of new veggies for this year.
Pickling Cucumbers – Wisconsin SMR
I’ve wanted to make our own pickles for several years now, this year we are going to take the leap.
Pumpkin – Small Sweet Sugar/Pie
We have also wanted to use our pumpkins for more that just jack-o-lanterns and chicken food so this year we are going to try a “pie pumpkin”
Melon – Crenshaw
This one was recommended to me by our master gardener instructor. It is supposed to be one of the better melons to grow in our climate!
Summer Crisp Lettuce – Nevada
This is an attempt to have fresh grown lettuce for more of the year. We eat a lot of salads and this variety should resist bolting and going bitter in the summer heat.
Heirloom Tomato – Brandywine Pink
All the tomatoes we have grown in the past were hybrids, this year we are going to branch out with an Heirloom!
Leeks – Large American Flag
We have never grown leeks before, we are hoping to get these to grow in the cold frames for winter harvest
We haven’t grown a lot of herbs in our garden, this year I hope to add Dill, Parsley and Basil
Others that we hope to find space for include a pat-a-pan squash, parsnips, a yellow tomato and shallots. We may even get a black berry plant or two!
So, big plans for the year, I’ve bought the seeds for most of them so I guess I’m committed. Now if I can just find the space!!