|I plan to plant a vegetable garden next year. This is all new to me. I usually avoid any outdoor activities.|
I know I want to plant ingredients for a salad ... cucumber, tomato, lettuce, ???
I understand there are different types of seeds. How do determine what to use here in Southaven, MS? I want the type of lettuce you cut leaves as needed.
Are there any suggestions for other salad ingredie
|Gardening is a fun and rewarding hobby! Planning your garden now, and spending a few weeks preparing the soil will keep you occupied for the next month or so and you can actually plant a few things in late summer (August) for a fall harvest. Some things to consider for fall planting include leaf lettuces, radishes, and herbs. Next spring you can plant the warmer season vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers.|
Both leaf and head lettuce grow well in Mississippi gardens in spring and fall. Leaf lettuce is more cold hardy, faster maturing, more shade tolerant, and a few varieties are more heat tolerant than head lettuce.
Leaf type lettuce recommendations:
Black Seeded Simpson?old variety; large, upright plant; light green leaves; heavily frilled. Grand Rapids?old popular home garden variety; large, erect, compact leaves; light green; wavy. Prize Head?early; curled and frilly; outer leaves reddish-brown, inner leaves medium green. Red Sails?deep bronzy-red ruffled leaves; attractive; slow to bolt; Salad Bowl?slow to bolt; large, upright leaves; light green; deeply notched; SloBolt?long-standing Grand Rapids type.
Slicing type cucumbers:
Ashley?straight, slightly tapered fruit; 7 to 8 inches long; 66 days. Cherokee?gynoecious hybrid; 7 to 71⁄2 inches long; 63 days. Gemini?gynoecious hybrid; multiple disease resistance; 8 to 81⁄2 inches long; 61 days. General Lee?tolerates cucumber mosaic virus. Poinsett 76?open-pollinated; monoecious; 7 to 8 inches long; multiple disease resistance. Salad Bush?monoecious hybrid with short (24-inch) vines; multiple disease tolerance; dark green fruit; adapted to containers, hanging baskets, and small gardens; Slicemaster?early gynoecious hybrid with multiple disease tolerance; 8 to 9 inches long; dark green color; 61 days. Straight 8?white spine; Sweet Slice?hybrid; multiple disease tolerance; mild burpless; nonbitter; 10 to 12 inches long; 63 days.
Best tomatoes for your gardening region:
Amelia?large-fruited with tomato spotted wilt virus resistance; Better Boy?VFN hybrid; 8- to 12-ounce red fruit; 72 days; Big Beef?large-fruited beef stake with good disease resistance; Celebrity?VFNT hybrid; 7- to 8-ounce red globe; firm, flavorful fruit; D; 72 days; Cherry Grande?VF hybrid; large cluster of 11⁄2-inch firm, round, red fruit; D; 60 days. Floramerica?VF hybrid; 8- to 12-ounce red fruit; 76 days; loradel?F; 8-ounce red fruit; 75 to 85 days; old variety; open-pollinated.
Marion?F; 6-ounce red fruit; 79 days; I; old; open-pollinated. Mini Charm?miniature cherry tomato with indeterminate growth and abundant production. Mountain Spring?VF hybrid; early; resistance to cracking; Park?s Whopper?VFNT hybrid; large fruit; 70 days. Super Fantastic?VF hybrid; 8-ounce red fruit; 70 days; Sweet 100?hybrid; large clusters of 1-inch, round, red fruit; 65 days.
Enjoy your new garden!