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[ 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.

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

I ran across Anoka seed potatoes in 1969. Grew them in the New River Valley and again in central Virginia in 1970. Excellent yield in the New River Valley. Average in Central Virginia and seemed to prefer the cooler summers. Excellent potato in the wax class. More oblate than round, shallow eyes.

[ Potato (Solanum tuberosum 'Irish Cobbler') | Posted on February 20, 2018 ]

This was the favorite potato of my youth. Great yield and trouble free. Especially desired for dishes using boiled potatoes. Not so good for baking. They do have deep eyes which makes peeling more difficult. This plus the Kennebec was a better baking potato led to Irish Cobbler loss in popularity to Kennebec.

[ Crisp Melon (Cucumis melo 'Early Silver Line') | Posted on January 25, 2018 ]

I grew this one back in the early 70's Moderate production of small one lb. elongated melons. Smooth and pretty, flesh is crisp but reminiscent of cucumber with sugar on it.

[ Snap Bean (String (Phaseolus vulgaris 'Commodore') | Posted on January 24, 2018 ]

I have not grown Commodore since the 60's. At the time it was promoted as a bush Kentucky Wonder and as an everbearer. It is nice long round snap bean, as good as modern bush Kentucky Wonder bush beans. Not comparable to the old Brown Seed Kentucky Wonder pole. It does bear over a more extended period than most bush beans. That can be asset to home gardeners, but picking too labor intensive for market growers. You have to do three or more pickings to get the same amount as one picking of a modern snap bean with concentrated set.

[ Mustard Greens (Brassica juncea 'Florida Broadleaf') | Posted on January 23, 2018 ]

Florida Broadleaf is an antique smooth leaf mustard which has been around longer than I have. Second in the south only to Giant Southern Curled (Ostrich Plume). Hardy and vigorous and more resistant to winter aphids. Not as tender as Ostrich Plume but slightly more reliable. Popular in the south for winter growing. Almost as cold resistant as kale and lot better flavor.

[ Bok Choy (Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis 'Joi Choi') | Posted on January 23, 2018 ]

Most productive of the Pak Choi varieties that I have grown. It is best as full size variety as compared to the many smaller (baby) varieties available. It is the first white stem hybrid variety to be introduced. Both stems and leaves are delicious.

[ Sweet Pepper (Capsicum sinense 'Roulette') | Posted on January 7, 2018 ]

A red heatless Habanero hybrid. Looks like a standard red habanero, just no heat.

[ Bell Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Super Heavyweight') | Posted on December 23, 2017 ]

Extra large hybrid green to Yellow Bell. Half elongated but more blocky than Big Bertha. Size and yield comparable to Big Bertha. Average producer under my conditions.

[ Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo 'Netted Gem') | Posted on December 16, 2017 ]

An old timer that I know as Burpee's Netted Gem. A small version of the once-popular nutmeg type. Melons average about 2 lbs with spicy green flesh. Very productive under average conditions.

[ Banana Melon (Cucumis melo 'Banana Melon') | Posted on December 16, 2017 ]

This antique has been around since the 19th century. Primarily used as a novelty. When fully ripe, it has a distinctive flavor. To my taste buds, it has a cucumber aftertaste. Melons reach 4-5 lbs.

[ Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo 'Alaska') | Posted on December 16, 2017 ]

It has been a few years since I grew this variety. It is very early maturing and has good size and flavor for a short season melon.

[ Winter Squash (Cucurbita pepo 'Sugarretti') | Posted on November 4, 2017 ]

Very compact spaghetti type hybrid, tan with dark green stripes. Bush type with foot vines. Small 2lb fruits are sweeter than other spaghetti types. Resistant to powdery mildew.

[ Winter Squash (Cucurbita maxima 'Sweet Mama') | Posted on November 2, 2017 ]

A bush kobacha type winter squash. Blue green fruits have sweet orange flesh and run 3-4 lbs.

[ Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo 'Green Machine') | Posted on November 2, 2017 ]

A medium green cylindrical zucchini with intermediate resistance to Px, CMV, ZYMV and WMV.

[ Sweet Corn (Se) (Zea mays subsp. mays 'Miracle') | Posted on October 30, 2017 ]

A large (9.5 inch ears) hybrid yellow Se. Large plant (6-8 feet).

[ Chinese Cabbage (Brassica rapa subsp. pekinensis 'Optiko') | Posted on October 16, 2017 ]

An excellent early (60 day) hybrid from Bejo. Good disease package and high resistance to bolting. Can be used for both spring and fall plantings. Does well here.

[ Hot Pepper (Capsicum annuum Biggie Chileā„¢) | Posted on September 27, 2017 ]

Large 9 inch green to red tapered fruits. Similar to Big Chile II but more vigorous. Very mild in the 500 Scu class. Much better leaf cover than Big Chile

[ Bell Pepper (Capsicum anuum 'Lynx') | Posted on September 20, 2017 ]

A good producer of large blocky fruits. Red when ripe. Not as disease resistant as Socrates but performed ok under my conditions.

[ Citron Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus 'Red Seeded Citron') | Posted on September 5, 2017 ]

Citrons have hard flesh and are not palatable as a watermelon. In my youth they were grown in cornfields and used to make preserves. Green seeded was a more popular variety.

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