What I'm Growing in My 2014 Veggie Garden!

It's official... I've (finally!) gone through my large stash of seeds, done a little planning (and dreaming!), and placed an order for new seeds for my 2014 garden.

For the most part, I try to grow as many heirloom varieties as possible and, although I do collect & save some seeds each year, I usually need to buy some seeds too. I prefer to order seeds from companies that specialize in heirloom seeds, although I do sometimes buy seeds at our local Southern States too (especially if I've forgotten to order something, or am in a pinch). This year, I've tried to really plan things properly and have ordered my seeds from D Landreth Seed Company and Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company -- two of my favorite seed companies. Have you ever ordered from them? They are great seed companies!

D. Landreth Seed Company (www.landrethseeds.com)
I just love D.Landreth Seed Company. Founded in 1784, D.Landreth is the fifth oldest corporation in America. And among its many historic claims is the fact that the company sold seed to every American president from George Washington to Franklin D. Roosevelt. They have a large selection of heirloom seeds and I absolutely love, love, love that I can buy my seeds from the same company that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did years ago.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company (www.rareseeds.com)
Baker Creek is another very cool seed company. They scour the world for rare seeds and offer a really wide selection of all types of heirloom seeds. They only sell non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented seeds. They also produce an incredibly beautiful catalog that I could spend days looking through -- just their selection of squash alone is enough to keep me busy for hours on end!

I must admit that my list looks a bit overwhelming ...

But it's about the same amount of plant types that we grew last year, so I think it will be manageable. To give you a sense of scale, our vegetable garden is pretty big --  about 150 ft x 150 ft (we keep adding to it, so it may end up being larger this year). We use standard garden rows and plant directly in the ground, not in formal, raised beds. We also amend the soil with a lot of compost and mulch heavily. I also grow some herbs and a few tomatoes in containers, but for the most part, everything will go into the vegetable garden.

I haven't yet ordered my seed potatoes (hope to do that this week!) and I've decided not to start my onions from seed this year, but rather to buy onion seedling bundles from Southern States sometime next month.  Onion seedling bundles are usually very inexpensive and it's sometimes just easier to buy bundles than it is to start them from seed (especially since I'm a bit behind in time for starting onion seeds this year). Otherwise, I'll be starting everything below from seed (+ herbs and some flowers too)!

So, without further ado, here is what I'll be growing in my veggie garden this summer:

  • Artichoke: Purple of Romagna
  • Artichoke: Green Globe
  • Beans: Christmas Pole Lima
  • Beans: Kentucky Wonder Pole
  • Beans: Purple Podded Pole
  • Beans: Scarlet Runner
  • Beans: Tenderette Bush
  • Broccoli: DeCicco
  • Brussel Sprouts: Catskill
  • Cabbage: Bok Choy
  • Cabbage: Early Jersey Wakefield
  • Cabbage: Ferry's Round Dutch
  • Carrot: Cosmic (Purple)
  • Carrot: Nantes Scarlet Half Long
  • Cauliflower: Snowball Improved
  • Corn (Sweet): TBD
  • Cucumber: Boston Pickling
  • Cucumber: English Seedless
  • Cucumber: Market 76
  • Eggplant: Black Beauty
  • Eggplant: Casper
  • Gourd: Luffa
  • Ground Cherry
  • Kale: Premier
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce: Black Seeded Simpson
  • Lettuce: Butterhead/Yugoslavian Red
  • Lettuce: Little Gem
  • Lettuce: Paris White Cos Romaine
  • Lettuce: Red Romaine
  • Melon: Hale's Best Jumbo Cantaloupe
  • Melon: Honeydew Tam Dew
  • Melon: Rich Sweetness 132
  • Okra: Clemson Spineless
  • Onion: TBD
  • Pea: Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow
  • Pea: Sugar Snap
  • Pea: Tall Telephone Garden Pea
  • Pepper: California Wonder (Sweet Bell)
  • Pepper: Jalapeno
  • Pepper: Sweet Banana
  • Potato: TBD
  • Pumpkin: Big Max
  • Radish: Champion
  • Radish: French Breakfast
  • Radish: White Tipped Scarlet
  • Spinach: Bloomsdale Longstanding
  • Squash: Delicata
  • Squash: Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck
  • Squash: Spaghetti
  • Squash: Table Queen Acorn
  • Squash: Waltham Butternut
  • Squash (Summer): Early Prolific Straightneck
  • Squash (Summer): Dark Star Zucchini
  • Sweet Potato: Beauregard
  • Swiss Chard: Rainbow
  • Tomato: Amish Paste
  • Tomato: Brandywine (Pink)
  • Tomato: Cherokee Purple
  • Tomato: Cherry
  • Tomato: Costoluto Genovese
  • Tomato: Green Zebra
  • Tomato: Henderson's Crimson Cushion
  • Tomato: Mr. Stripey
  • Tomato: Roma
  • Watermelon: Sugar Baby
  • Watermelon: Sweet Crimson


Feb 18 2014
Posted in: Vegetables

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