Urban Farming: 2011’s veggies

Home-grown tomatoesWe got our order from TomatoGrowers.com a few days ago and today, Dan will start the seeds in the sunroom. It should be quite a crop, and we may even have some extra plants to share, even though we’re thinking about expanding the square garden.

After this cold, snowy winter, I can’t wait to get the garden going. Some of the lettuces we planted last fall are starting to come back with the warmer temperatures we’ve had this last week.

So here’s what we got:


  • Kimberly – early season, 1-2 oz. red fruit
  • Margherita hybrid – mid-season, 5-6 oz. red paste tomatoes, great for pizza, pasta and roasting
  • Oaxacan Jewel – late season, bicolor – yellow with ruby streaks, 6-16 oz.
  • Purple Brandy – late season, deep pink-purple beefsteak, 8-16 oz.
  • Rose de Berne – late season, Swiss heirloom, dark pink, 6-8 oz.
  • Virginia Sweets – late season, heirloom, gold-red bicolor, at least 1 lb. each

Peppers and Tomatillos

  • The Big Early Hybrid – bell peppers, 8″ long by 4.5″ wide
  • Ancho 101 – used for Mexican stuffed peppers; can be dried and ground into chile powder
  • Ixtapa Hybrid – 4-inch-long jalapenos
  • Golden Greek Pepperoncini – great for pickling and in Greek salad
  • Purple Tomatillos – We will probably have dozens of green tomatillo volunteers, so we thought we’d try the purple ones this year.

We’re also planting yellow and red onions, green beans and peas. Later we’ll add cucumbers and maybe some melons. We got one edible cantaloupe last year, so I’d like to try again and see how it goes. And I have some garlic cloves in the kitchen that started sprouting, so I need to get those in the ground, too.

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