Amish Paste Tomato: A red, determinate paste tomato. It is growing well in my SWCs. I plan to make a lot of sauce this summer.
Al-Kuffa Tomato: A red, indeterminate slicing tomato with compact vines and drought resistance. They are supposed to yield lots of fruit from the summer into the fall. These grew really well from seed. The plants are very sturdy. If the winds weren’t so high here, I don’t think that they would need any staking.
Blue Hubbard Squash: (C. maxima) This is a huge, heirloom winter squash. I have read that some people grow it as a trap for squash bugs. But it is also just a really great squash to eat. It also stores really well. So far (6-14-10) they are growing well. But the vines might take over the yard.
Roy’s Calais Flint Corn: (Zea mays) This is a really pretty flint corn, for corn meal and flour. Some of the ears are golden, and some are dark maroon. It sprouted very easily and is growing very well, so far (6-14-10).
H-19 Little Leaf Cucumber: (Cucumis sativus) A parthenocarpic pickling cucumber (no polinator required) with reported great disease resistance (Angular Leaf Spot, Anthracnose, Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, Scab)
Mexican Sour Gherkin Cucumber: (Melothria scabra) These are really cool. They look like teeny tiny watermelons (1-2″). I think I first saw them on Tigress In A Pickle, in one of her travel stories. I plan to pickle these. I have three plants. They are Tiny plants. Your Grow Girl has a nice article about them here. Apparently, they are also resistant to powdery mildew. Well, we’ll see how it goes.
I am a Ph.D. biochemist and patent agent living in the Kansas City, Kansas area. I have a secret dream to be a farmer and/or homesteader, but things haven't worked that way. Sooo, I am doing a little bit of farming in my backyard, canning in my kitchen, and what not. Some day, I hope to buy a couple of acres in a more rural area. Until then, I'll keep learning right where I am.
USDA Hardiness Zone 5b
4 grow boxes (4x6-feet, 24-inches high)
4 grow bags for potatoes
1 ground-level garden for roses and flowers
1 pig-shaped planter (for mint)
1 large ceramic planter (for herbs)
6 blueberry bushes
Independence Days Challenge
Each week, we are called to try our best to do at least a little of the following seven tasks:
1. Plant Something
2. Harvest Something
3. Preserve Something
4. Waste Not
5. Want Not
6. Build Community Food Systems
7. Eat the Food
What I’m Reading
Solomon advocates frugal gardening practices that require reduced inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides.