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[ Sweet Corn (Zea mays 'Cuppa Joe') | Posted on June 14, 2018 ]

Trying to stay positive, I would say that the only trait that is commendable is that it is early. Listed at 73 days ( a second early), it beat the early Silver N Gold by a week. It does produce, but ears are small. Neither as tender or as sweet as its competitors. On an A to F scale I have to grade it C. Not one I will use as a standby.

[ Onion (Allium cepa 'Granex 33') | Posted on June 7, 2018 ]

Granex 33 Is an improved version of the Yellow Granex which started the "Vidalia" onion. It is one of the two dozen or so varieties approved for growing under the Vidalia label. Good performer. The difference in this type of onion is in disease resistance, production and maturity dates. On the market they all look the same.

[ Onion (Allium cepa 'Pumba') | Posted on June 7, 2018 ]

This is a top notch Grano type hybrid. Good germination, vigorous growth, and large size. It is a late season variety ( a few weeks later than Vidalia types). Well worth waiting for. Stores better than Granex types.

[ Onion (Allium cepa 'Rio Rojo') | Posted on June 7, 2018 ]

While I had some problems with germination with this variety, those that germinated grew well. It is a large red onion with excellent color and flavor. It has a bit later maturity than others in its class.

[ Summer Squash (Cucurbita pepo 'Tempest') | Posted on June 2, 2018 ]

A yellow crookneck that is a bit different. It has vertical ridges and white stripes. some of them have a green dipped blossom end. Texture is a bit harder than other crooknecks. It is quite early and prolific. My control for this year is Gold Star. Already picked a half bushel of Tempest, Gold Star is still a few days away. Flavor is good.

[ Beet (Beta vulgaris 'Detroit Dark Red') | Posted on May 28, 2018 ]

Performs well. Not my favorite as it becomes woody quicker than other varieties that I grow. It is dependable, Just don't leave it too long in the ground.

[ Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata 'Stone Head') | Posted on May 21, 2018 ]

One of the older hybrids that is still popular. 3 lb. very solid round head. Dependable. One of the earliest to produce

[ Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis 'Early White') | Posted on May 14, 2018 ]

Not impressed with this cultivar. While listed as 52 day DTM, it was slower than broccoli listed at 68 days. This has not been a good season for cauliflower as we went rapidly from winter to summer. Dry with temps in middle 90's. I am getting heads, but they are not very pretty.

[ Beet (Beta vulgaris 'Boro') | Posted on May 9, 2018 ]

An excellent performer, which is among the earliest that I have tried. Great shape, color, and taste.

[ Broccoli (Brassica oleracea 'Luna') | Posted on May 7, 2018 ]

Luna is real winner here. Much earlier than advertised, very vigorous and prolific. Heads are large, tender and delicious. It also follows the main head with side shoots. It is going on my A list.

[ English Pea (Pisum sativum 'Easy Peasy') | Posted on May 5, 2018 ]

A semi afila type that performs reasonably well here. Not as prolific as Green Arrow or Penelope.

[ Spinach (Spinacia oleracea 'Reflect') | Posted on April 28, 2018 ]

An excellent spinach variety,

[ Bok Choy (Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis 'Black Summer') | Posted on April 17, 2018 ]

Similar to Mei Quing Choi in size and growing habit. It is a bit more vigorous and darker shade of green. Does well here.

[ Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata 'Premium Late Flat Dutch') | Posted on March 26, 2018 ]

This was the standard for winter storing when I was young. In central Virginia they were transplanted in early July for harvest in October. Stored in a root cellar or Kiln, they would keep until early spring. Large heads averaging about 12 lbs. It was an excellent boiling cabbage in a time when boiling cabbage down was norm. Not as tender as spring or summer cabbages.

[ Common Pear (Pyrus communis 'Kieffer') | Posted on March 21, 2018 ]

Kieffer is an old time fall pear. Large with good shape but is prone to developing gritty flesh. Tolerates fire blight. Excellent flavor.

[ Rabbiteye Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum 'Climax') | Posted on March 21, 2018 ]

The earliest ripening rabbiteye that I grow. Not quite as early as the southern highbush. bright color and good flavor.

[ Carolina Laurel Cherry (Prunus caroliniana) | Posted on March 21, 2018 ]

In this area, the Carolina Cherry Laurel is a quite attractive small evergreen tree. It is laden with small white blossoms in the early spring and attracts a large number of bees. The small black berries are attractive to wild life. On the negative side, it is very difficult to control. It propagates by both seeds and the root system and is very fast growing. One tree becomes a thousand quickly.

[ Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris 'Tennessee Green Pod') | Posted on March 21, 2018 ]

An ancient bush green bean that had a following in my childhood days. It is flat type, although not as flat as Romano types. There were folks who found round pod varieties more tender and turned up their nose at flat types like the Tennessee Green Pod. They tend to get tough and stringy at full size.

[ Carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus 'Envy') | Posted on February 26, 2018 ]

Envy is somewhat erratic in growth but we had an unusual winter. It is usually long and skinny. I had a few that grew as Siamese twins. Good color reaches an inch and a half at maturity . While some reached 12 inches in length, they were more erratic in this variable.

[ Potato (Solanum tuberosum 'Green Mountain') | Posted on February 20, 2018 ]

This one is a blast from the past. I never grew it, but when I was a kid there were two older families in the community who grew Green Mountain as a fall potato. They seemed to get good yields. Many of us grew fall potatoes but in most cases we grew the main crop in the spring, dug them late June to early July, left the small ones lying in the sun until they greened up, and then planted them for fall potatoes. I was told that Green Mountain did not do well as a spring potato. Poor yield and very strong flavor. But if grown in fall and dug after frost killed the vines, good yield and flavor.

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