2013 Garden Hits and Misses

As I’ve been organizing and planning this years seed order and thinking about what new things to add this year, I thought about new veggies we tried last year and what worked and what didn’t.  Here’s a list of hits and misses I came up with.


Mizuna. Comes up quickly from seed, produces abundantly and is a cut and come again veggie.

Tokyo Bekana.  Grew very well from seed in the spring and fall. We love it raw in salads as an alternative to lettuce.

Fingerling potatoes. we grew five varieties and all did well and were DELICIOUS. Did very well at the farmers’ market.

Zephyr summer squash. These are very delicious and showed good disease resistance and yield.

Safari zuchinni.  It wasn’t a good year for zukes for us, but these kept coming even after the others bit the dust.

Red Russian kale. Produced very well. Tasty and tender.

Moon and Stars Yellow Fleshed watermelons. We really enjoyed these. Not as sweet as Crimson Sweet, of course, but crispy and delicious.

Lemon cucumbers. Produced poorly. They taste fine but are not worth the space they take up. We won’t plant them again.

Burgundy okra. The problem with this is that the wildlife couldn’t resist it. Deer and groundhogs destroyed it, while hardly bothering the Clemson Spineless. If you can keep the critters away, this would be a good choice. But we won’t bother with it again.

Creasy Greens (upland cress). This didn’t come up at all. Surprising since it grows wild here. We won’t bother trying again.

Some new items we’re planning to try this year:  Lingusia tomatoes, Sugar Ann snap peas, Maruba Santoh, Komatsuna, Tendergreen broccoli, Arcadia broccoli, Faroa cabbage, General Lee cucumbers, kohlrabi, and Costado Romanesco zucchini.