Carrot, Jaune Obtuse Du Doubs: Lemon-yellow carrot with fine, sweet taste. Trying for first time.
Carrot, St. Valery: French variety dating back to at least 1885, handsome bright, red-orange carrots. Trying for first time.
Carrot, Tonda di Parigi: Round in shape, these orange, 19-century Parisian heirloom carrots are 1 to 2 inches long. Ideal for rocky soil. Trying for first time.
Radish Helios: Yellow, olive shaped radishes; Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company reports this heirloom came from Alzbeta Kovacova-Pecarova of Kosice, Slovakia (very near the village where my grandfather was born!) Trying for first time with great delight.
Radish, Purple Plum: Bright-purple skin with crisp white flesh. Trying for first time.
Radish, Long Scarlet: Long and slender, bright red radish that dates back to pre-1870s. Radish that looks a bit like a carrot — How cool is that! Trying for first time.
Plus, I can’t wait to try …
Corn, Blue Jade: Steel-blue cobs that become jade-blue when boiled. Dwarf plants that grow 2 to 3 feet bear 3 to 6 ears of corn. One of the few sweet corns that can be grown in containers. Trying for first time.
Squash, Lebanese White Bush Marrow: Rare variety of cream, oblong summer squash, which is delicious baked or fried. Trying for first time.
Speaking of squash, I loved this winter squash I grew last year:
Squash, Musquee de Provence: Averaging 20 pounds, this French variety of winter squash has orange, blue and green colors that ripen to a deep, rich brown. The deep orange flesh is great for baking.
Salads will be made with greens such as these:
Lettuce, Merveille Des Quatre Saisons (Marvel of Four Seasons): With a name like that, how could I not grow this French variety? This bibb letuce has ruby-red leaves with tightly folded green hearts. I’ve grown this tasty heirloom several years.
Lettuce, Forellenschluss: This old Austrian heirloom is a favorite of mine. The green romaine leaves are speckled with deep rose, and stand up well to salad dressings.This lettuce is as beautiful as it is delicious.
Arugula, Apollo: Productive variety of domesticated rocket; high in vitamin C; excellent in salad mixtures.
That’s not all I’m growing this year either. They’ll be more cool-season and warm-season plants, which I’ll start inside from seeds, direct seed out in the garden, or buy as transplants from local nurseries or farmer’s markets. We’re lucky here, for instance, to have many unusual varieties of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants available for purchase.
Whatever you decide to grow this year, just remember, it’s important to rotate your vegetable crops each year. Want more information? Read the Seasonal Wisdom post on crop rotation.