Veggie Garden

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Project by syble posted 01-27-2008 09:30 AM 7140 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Currently about 80% of my gardening space is devoted to the veggies. We’ve had vegetable gardens since I was knee high to a grass hopper, and I guess somethings never change. The current plot I’m working on has evolved since I started. It was orriginally 2 raised beds. They worked ok, but they were a bit difficult to rototile first thing in the spring, and we had a heck of a time with the grass growing up under the walls so there was constantly grass that you could get rid of. Then there was the weed whipping involved aswell as mowing between the beds(2) which always ended up with grass clippings and the full complement off seeds that comes with it. So we only kept them for a year or two before killing off the grass between, scrapping the wood and going to a more traditional plot. It’s more then doubled in size since those days. Squared off by the laneway, path for driving behind the barn and limited by planned driveway expansions at the front.the little space remaining between it and the barn will be taken up (hopefully this spring) by a rion greenhouse that I have to put up. We decided to make our garden this big so that we could spread it out, the more space between plants the easier it is to get around and to maintain it. Thats key for us, low maintanence! The rows are atleast 4’ appart so that we can go down them with the tiller and take care of the weeds.

So for the actual veggies we grow, I guess the most prominent are the tomatos. We grow several differnt toms, from early to late ripening, cherry sized to giant beefteaks, we also grow a variety of colours, differnt shades of reds and pinks, yellows too (we have yet to find other colours that meet taste expectations). All cherry and grapy tomatos get grown on one of the grates, they grow kind of wild so its easier that way ;) The “standard” varieties all get grown in a row with our custom stands (T-rail with welded rebar loops about 5’ out of ground). We learned long ago that tomato “cages” could not contain our plants and ended up with broken plants. Next we used wooden stakes, by the end of the season (when you need them the most) they would end up breaking on us, either from rot in the ground, plants were just too heavy or all of that coupled with thunder storms. Now with these new holders we’ve got very little to worry about although we do have to watch that we don’t end up with fruit clusters formung inside the ring. We pinch off alot of the side shoots otherwise wed end up with very bush plants, many plants end up being single stem all year long where as others we lt 3 or so stems go, just depends on how the plants are growing.

-Bush Beefsteak – great plant, been in the garden year after year, more compact habbit, good sized fruit thats not giant, good taste, and problem free.
-Burpee’s Supersteak Hybrid VFN- This will be the first year for this one, but i picked it for the high disease resistance, reported good flavour and colour plus fruits weigh upto 2lbs each
-Porterhouse Hybrd -new this year for me, 1-4lbs each, deep red and suppoed to be super sweet!
-Mortgage Lifter – New this year -1.5-4lbs fruit, pink/red colour, supposed to be very flavourful and productive, aswell as disease resistant.
-Big Beef – AAS winner, standard beefsteak with improvements all around
-Beef Master – Reported to be one of the best tasteing beefsteaks, up to 2.2 lbs fruits, deep red, very meaty.

Early, and mid sized fruit
-First Lady – Good taste, standard red tomato
-Early Girl Hybrid – heavy crops, early (but not puny) and good disease resistance.

Non reds
-Golden Queen – Large bright lemon yellow fruit, sweet taste, high disease resistance.
-Pink Ponderosa – First year, Large dark pink fruit, low pulp!

-Sweetie – unbeatable, tons of bite sized cherry tomatos, super sweet, huge plants, continuous production.
-Christmas Grape – Scarlet red, tons of fruit, sweet flvour.

Those are the varrieties I will for sure be growing this year. Chances are that I will add quite a few more (specifically slicing). I have tried others, also wasn’t overl;y impressed with some, others just aren’t good here.

The second Big crop in the garden is Peppers. Specifically sweet ones usually of the bell type. We’ve found that growing them in a double row works well to help keep them upright (due to the wind) and protects the fruit. Regular thinning of pepper clusters has elimitated almost all branch breaks aswell as increased peper size.

I’m a sucker for the giants!
- Great stuff Hybrid – great flavour thick walls, fruits are 6-8” long bell type. Red(starts green). Disease resistant.
- Golden GiantII Hybrid – Super sweet thick walled giant yellow(starts green) bell type peppers. Disease resistant.
- Super Heavey weight – Super thick walled and big blockey pepper that starts green finishing golden.

Last year I also grew claifornia wonder peppers and key stone giants (good sized elongated bell pepers, low- average yeild). In the past I have grown purple peppers but they come from the white/yellow juvinile pepper class which I find decidedly lacking in taste!

Cukes – I have a proble with most cukes here, combination of powdery mildew and something else that will wipe out the adult plants eventually, one of those things that made the headlines, apparently blew over from michigan(nothing against them, just the way the wind blew), but that dosen’t stop me from growing them. I like an english type cucumber. Nothing with giant seeds, and not pickleing type! Grew 3 kinds in hopes that something would make it longer, but they all faired better then last year. these are grown on the grates.

Hybrid Burpless No.26 – has been my standard for years. Great cucumber super productive, and good disease resistance.
Burpless Hybrid (OSC)- new last year, good overall. very long fruit, slightly slower to produce then no. 26. held out the longest.
Tastey Green Hybrid – might have some mixed up seed or another varriety might have come up with it, but the plants and more specifically the fruit was not uniform, and what you would expect if you crossed a pickeling type with english type. I’m trying it again this year to be certain.

Thats the last of the major crops. The rest are half rows at most.

Kohl Rabi (vienna white and purple, and giant white) all easy to grow, we didn’t use all of them may not plant them this year, not sure.

Swiss Chard is a standard in the garden. Extras are fed to the rabbits. Great for stir-fry, steamed, or even saladas (or so I’m told). We grow ford hook giant(white stem green leaf), bright lights yellow(yellow stem green leaf), rubarb chard (purple leaf red stem) and silverado (same as fordhook). Probably just going to do the white stemmed varrieties this year. Althought they all taste the same, the coloured varieties look odd when cooked.

Pole beans kentuckey wonder series (yellow wax aswell as green) we’ve grown them on the grates aswell, heavy yeilds, but we may grow bush beans this year as a change of pace.

Zucchini Darke green and hybrid gold rush, super productive, and trouble free.

Black Beauty eggplant – very prolific and big dark fruit. First year growing them was last year and they produce alot! 4 plants is too much for 3 people once it gets started hehe

We have also in the past grown tons of squash, which we no longer have a plot for. Very easy, plant, weed till they get bushy then watch them go, loves water. Sweet Corn is in a simular boat, have grown it in the past, but don’t have a plot available for it this year.
Looking forward to plotting out this seasons garden hope you are too now!
Sib ;)

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posted 01-27-2008 11:02 AM

what all do you have growing up trellisses?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-27-2008 11:36 AM

Please post more on your tomatoes. It looks like you trained them as vines. I haven’t grown many this way, but I find I get the best fruit on many varieties when they are more vine-like than bush-like. Thanks for sharing!

-- GardenMentor, Seattle, WA, &

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posted 01-27-2008 02:22 PM

Awesome gardens!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 01-27-2008 03:24 PM

kohlrabi. Have you ever stuffed them like stuffed peppers?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-27-2008 03:36 PM

No … elaborate Deb …

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 01-27-2008 06:43 PM

naw, we always just ate them raw, seam to be like a raddish texture but like broccoli taste hehe.
Sib ;)

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posted 01-27-2008 10:11 PM

nice looking veggie garden. I bet the wider paths helps you keep an eye on the pests as well, with fewer places to hide.

I like assortment you grow as well. I’m looking to a wide variety of Tomatoes this year – for sauce, canning and slicing. So many to choose from!

-- southern NH. - smack dab in the middle of 5a and 5b - with lots of shade and full sun, in all the wrong places.

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posted 01-28-2008 04:53 AM

stuffed kohlrabi – my husband’s mother (Hungarian) used to make it. I think I made it once. You pre-cook the kohlrabi and then scoop out the middle; fill it with stuffed pepper ingredients/ cabbage roll ingredients and cook as you would stuffed peppers/cabbage rolls.

I got out my Hungarian cookbook if I could find the recipe. No luck.
But I did find this one:

Kohlrabi Soup

Julienne: 3 kohlrabi; 1 carrot; 1 parsley root
dice: 1 med. onion and saute along with some minced parsley leaves in 2 tbsp butter
Add the julienned vegetables and 1/2 c rice and saute for another 5 min.
sprinkle with 2 tbsp flour and continue sauteing for another 5 min.
add 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 c. milk; 2 c. chicken stock; 1 cup chicken pieces, and boil until veggies are tender but still firm.
Just before serving grate 1/8 tsp nutmeg over the bowls
Serve with crusty white bread.

I’ve never had this but it sounds yummy.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-28-2008 09:57 AM

I may have to give the stuffed Kohlrabi a try. I make stuffed “red” (cuz they are a sweeter pepper) peppers and rolled cabbage quite often. Good winter comfort food!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 01-28-2008 06:39 PM

I can appreciate all the hard work you’ve put into this. Great job!

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posted 05-15-2008 11:58 AM

Syble – what awesome gardens and such a variety. Lots of hard work too. congratulations!

-- blooz 5b - You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. ~author unkown

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posted 05-15-2008 01:52 PM

Wow…wish I lived near you.I don’t have room to grow veggies.Our veggie stands out this way sure don’t have your nice variety.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 05-17-2008 10:00 PM

Well shoot.. How can your garden be so blasted large by now and I’m so much further south and mine’s just getting going..

Garden looks great.. Really well managed, indeed.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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posted 05-18-2008 06:19 AM

Fantastic garden!

This year we are quite late with the veg. garden due to other projects, but if we get 10% of what you have going, I will be happy (for this year)

Very well planned garden! Just showed it to hubby and he wants to do his like yours!!!!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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posted 07-25-2008 08:49 PM

Very nice, syble. I think next year, I may have to clear some ground for a veggie garden. You are an inspiration for me. Those tomatoes look soooooo tempting.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 07-25-2008 11:51 PM

This is beautiful…so neat and tidy. I love the structure of it…easy to get to everything.

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posted 07-26-2008 09:50 PM

Everything has to be maintanence frindly for me other wise I get busy and before i know it its weed central! Things are comming along well this year also. have to update my horticulture haven blog, perhaps tomorrow!
Sib ;)

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posted 07-27-2008 08:41 AM

nice looking garden, rather exceptional!

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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posted 10-01-2010 05:34 AM

I really liked your idea on the tomato staking, am going to take this to heart. I’m getting ready to start my own up. Thanks very much for the information :)

-- Alynxia**** It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. 'The Buddha'****

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