Gardening Geek

On his Portraits of Wildflowers blog, Steven Schwartzman recently shared a quote describing a plant as one that “catches the eye and triggers the lust gene in plant geeks and adventurous gardeners.”  I chuckled when I read it. I suppose I qualify as a “plant geek and adventurous gardener.” And I know many who read this blog do as well (I know this because I read your blogs).

So for all my fellow gardening geeks, here’s a list of what we have growing now:

  • 3 varieties of muskmelon
  • collard greens
  • 3 varieties of kale
  • broccoli
  • 2 varieties of cabbage
  • asparagus
  • 5 varieties of tomatoes
  • 2 varieties of eggplant
  • bell peppers
  • 2 varieties of cucumbers
  • zucchini
  • 3 varieties of summer squash
  • Tokyo Bekana
  • a baby lettuce mix
  • 4 types of salanova lettuce
  • green romaine lettuce
  • bok choy
  • senposai
  • Chinese cabbage
  • mizuna
  • komatsuna
  • tatsoi
  • Yukina savoy
  • 2 varieties of fingerling potatoes
  • 3 varieties of Irish potatoes
  • garlic
  • 2 varieties of onions
  • radishes
  • turnips
  • turnip greens
  • 3 varieties of beets
  • Swiss chard
  • English peas
  • 2 varieties of watermelon
  • okra
  • sweet corn
  • acorn squash
  • delicata squash
  • spaghetti squash
  • butternut squash
  • cannelloni beans
  • black beans
  • green beans

That list doesn’t include the many plants we have growing in pots as experiments or because we only needed a few.  It also doesn’t include the long list of herbs Cherie grows.

I’ll be planting 2 types of hot peppers later this week.  In a couple of weeks we’ll also put in sweet potatoes and purple hull peas.

Our spinach and snap peas were fails this year.

We do staggered plantings of green beans and melons, so we’ll be planting more of them later this year. We’ll also plant a June garden for late tomatoes and squash, adding some new varieties.  Then in late August we’ll plant fall gardens.

I’m confident that list qualifies me as a gardening geek.