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[ Northern Pecan (Carya illinoinensis 'Stuart') | Posted on August 31, 2018 ]

This is the standard variety in this area of Georgia. It is a slow-growing trees that takes years to reach bearing size. It also has a long life span. While it graces many yards as a shade tree, it is not very good for that purpose. Limbs are brittle and break in storms, creating a mess to clean up. The nuts are excellent. They do have a requirement for zinc in their fertilization for good production.

[ Formosa Firethorn (Pyracantha koidzumii 'Santa Cruz') | Posted on August 31, 2018 ]

Very attractive in winter. Best as a free standing shrub, but has served me well as a foundation planting. Mockingbirds love the berries and nest in the shrubs. As a foundation planting it does require yearly pruning to keep it under control. Local florists love to get strands of berries for Christmas arrangements. Trouble free. It is quite thorny and forms a dense barrier to humans and large animals.

[ Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus 'Sweet Favorite') | Posted on July 24, 2018 ]

Sweet favorite is 2002 diploid from Sakata. It is a Jubilee type, running 20- 25 lbs. It will downsize to 15-20 lbs. without detriment to flavor. It is very productive, currently on its second set of melons with no evidence of slowing. Bright red flesh has good texture and flavor. It can compete with the best of them.

[ Tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Skyway') | Posted on July 23, 2018 ]

Skyway has some resistance to TSWV, which has been very active this year. The plants have remained healthy looking, but the fruit is showing the effects. Vines are slightly taller than Mountain Merit, Red Defender, and Red Morning. This is a hard tomato on the order of Top Gun and BHN 444. Not the greatest for fresh eating.

[ Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo 'Galia Regalia') | Posted on July 20, 2018 ]

Regalia is 3-4 lb. galia type melon from Burpee. It is lightly netted and ripens to a brownish gold. It does not slip which makes harvesting a judgement call. Pale green flesh is very sweet. It performs well here.

[ Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus 'Gold in Gold') | Posted on July 16, 2018 ]

An early yellow rind 11-15 lb. icebox type with yellow flesh. A AAS winner from Asia Seed. Productive with good flavor. Does well here. Unlike most pumpkin rind types, Gold in Gold is yellow from beginning to ripe. Has no green stage.

[ Hot Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'TAM Jalapeno') | Posted on July 13, 2018 ]

A nice productive jalapeno with about half the heat of the generic Jalapeno. It still has a bite, it is not heatless but quite mild.

[ Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo 'Easy Pick Gold') | Posted on July 2, 2018 ]

The gold version in the Easy Pick series from Pan American. A spineless parthenocarpic cylindrical hybrid that is good up to 10 inches. Disease resistance includes Papaya Ringspot Virus, Watermelon Mosaic Virus, Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus.

[ Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Goliath Sunny') | Posted on June 30, 2018 ]

A medium size (8 ounce) round yellow hybrid also known as Jubilation. Large indeterminate vine. Similar to the OP Jubilee.

[ Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Goliath Pear') | Posted on June 30, 2018 ]

A 5- 8 inch red blocky saladette hybrid on a bushy determinate plant.

[ Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus 'Carmine Splendor') | Posted on June 30, 2018 ]

A very good red okra. Prolific yields. Neither as visually attractive or as tender as its sister Candle Fire. A solid second place among red okra varieties.

[ Summer Squash (Cucurbita pepo 'Coronation') | Posted on June 26, 2018 ]

Coronation is a very prolific yellow patty pan type. It does tend to have longer vines than competitors like Yellow Bush Scallop or Sunburst. At end of season about 3 feet long. Very vigorous and keeps popping out fruit at the end of the vine, giving an extra long continuous harvest. Shows little effect from common squash diseases and seems more tolerant of SVB than other C. pepo. Yields slightly more than its similar white sister Daize.

[ Cucumber (Cucumis sativus 'Raider') | Posted on June 24, 2018 ]

A gynoecious hybrid with uniformly dark green, non-stippled, cylindrical fruit. It is an older hybrid introduced by Joseph Harris, but it is holding its own against Marketmore 76 and Diomede. Earlier to produce than Marketmore 76.

[ Snap Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris 'Crockett') | Posted on June 24, 2018 ]

Crockett is a filet bean. Pods are very slender, but can reach 6 inches in length. Good disease package (Intermediate resistance to BCMV (BV-1 and NY 15), Bean Rust, Halo Blight (race 2) and Curly Top Virus.) We have had a very unusual spring colder than normal in March and April, much hotter than normal in May and June. Crockett did not perform as well as expected. It seems more heat intolerant than standard snap beans

[ Sweet Corn Su (Zea mays subsp. mays 'Silver 'N Gold') | Posted on June 19, 2018 ]

An se hybrid bicolor. It is a week or more later than Cuppa Joe so it is not as early as Ferry Morse suggests. Ears are a nice size 8 inch with 14 to 16 rows. Excellent flavor and texture.

[ Bush Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris 'Big Kahuna') | Posted on June 19, 2018 ]

This is a large bean that performs reasonably well. Falls well short of Jumbo in this category. Medium yield on tall plant. There is some tendency for plant to fall over. Grade "C"

[ Sweet Corn (Zea mays subsp. 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.

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