Woodle Orange Tomato
- Another vegetable we grow every year is Romaine lettuce. We like the Romaine lettuces as opposed to head forming lettuces because of the ability to cut and come again! With Romaines you can pull a few leaves from a few plants, make a salad, and come back a week later for more. The variety I like the most is Rouge D'Hiver which actually comes back on its own if you let it go to seed, and you should! The flowers are an attractive addition to the summer garden (so long as the deer don't eat them). When sowing lettuce I typically scatter sow lettuce a cleared area rather than work in rows. Lettuce seeds are small and don't need much (if any) soil covering them to get growing.
- Yellow Summer Squash is another vegetable we try to grow every year. We aren't always successful as the pests for cucurbit crops are numerous. Curcurbits include many of the vining vegetables like cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, and melons. The biggest pest for our squash is the vine borer. To prevent them row covers are an option but the bees can't get into the plant area to pollinate them which becomes an issue. Bt injections reportedly help once an infestation is present but I've never tried it. Squash bugs are also an issue but can be removed by hand or crushed when you find clusters of eggs under the leaves. Even with all the issues we still try to grow yellow squash because of its delicious buttery taste! Breaded squash medallions fried in olive oil and good but mostly we just grill them with a coating of olive oil sea salt and pepper. Are you getting hungry yet?
- Musk Melons! That's right I said musk melons! Otherwise known as cantaloupe, musk melons provide us with our morning fruitiness. We strive to have some sort of fresh fruit with breakfast each day and during the summer cantaloupe gives us a replacement for store bought fruits (citrus) that we can't find locally. While we are taking bites out of our cantaloupe, the cantaloupe is taking a bite out of our grocery bill! I always tell my wife that "We cant-a-loupe because we're already married!" Yes I know, that's a very cheesy joke, but that's what you get when you live around here. Cantaloupes suffer from many of the same pests that the summer squash does so grow multiple plants to ensure a good crop. We grew Sierra Gold, Old Time Tennessee, and Jenny Lind last year.
- While there are several other vegetables we grow yearly like spinach, radishes, beets, carrots, and others, slot number 5 belongs to the cucumber. Cucumbers are yet another cucurbit for this list. We use them mostly in fresh salads but I really want to try my hand at pickles. I attempted refrigerator pickles once and they turned out good but I think it's time we made an attempt at some dill or sweet pickles. I grew a pickling cucumber last year but while weeding Bermuda grass accidentally pulled the shallow root system of the cucumber plant out! I don't advise anyone to do the same. Needless to say those pickling cucumbers were in a pickle! I attempted to replace the roots back in the soil but the damage had been done.
|Rouge D'Hiver Romaine Lettuce|
There you have another list for The Friday Fives! Last week I mentioned the 5 Plants No Garden Should Be Without so go check that out if you haven't already.
What vegetables do you always grow every year?