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[ Radish (Raphanus sativus 'Golden Helios') | Posted on November 19, 2018 ]

I have grown many varieties of salad radishes over the years, Some excellent, some good , some fair. Golden Helios is the worst that I have tried. Bottom of the barrel.

[ Bell Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Big Bertha') | Posted on November 10, 2018 ]

Big Bertha has been around for a while. Popular with home gardeners. Large (7x 4 inch) elongated bell that is a vigorous grower. Not as big as Super Heviweight but a BIG pepper. I mostly use green peppers but these color up nicely under my conditions. For stuffing I cut them lengthwise. Get two normal servings from one pepper.

[ Carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus 'Black Nebula') | Posted on November 7, 2018 ]

Black Nebula is a 7-9 inch solid purple carrot. Very dark in color and holds color well.

[ Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata 'Iron and Clay') | Posted on November 1, 2018 ]

One of the oldest cowpeas. It was survival food for southern soldiers during the war and for poor folks during the reconstruction . Apparently it was originally two separate varieties that have been combined over the years. Today, the primary use in the south is for wildlife plots with an emphasis on deer. It is also used as a green manure crop. Actually, they are pretty good eating, especially dried. Pods are comparable to White Acre and larger than Lady. Seeds are stronger flavored and comparable in size to White Acre.

[ 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"

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