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Heirloom Vegetables: Recommendations?

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Peckhaus
Long Island, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 31, 2008
6:29 PM

Post #4478964

Anyone have recommendations on varieties of the following:

brocolli
kale
collards
beets
sugar snap peas (mine didn't come up at all last year, or were eaten early by critters)

This year will be my 2nd growing vegetables, so I'm just learning about the various possibilities.

Thanks!
glendalekid
Tuscaloosa, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 2, 2008
5:40 PM

Post #4486585

I haven't grown some of these. But I had good yield from Detroit Red beets. I pulled them when they were about golf-ball size. Very tasty.

I grew Super Sugar Snap peas. I only planted a few as I had been told it was too late for them. Late or not, they were very prolific and good tasting. I was sorry I hadn't planted more after all. I will this year. They seemed to be fairly heat tolerant as they produced until the temps got above 100.

I hope someone will chime in with other suggestions.

Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


February 2, 2008
6:18 PM

Post #4486674

Unless you specifically want "heirlooms", you will get more responses in the vegetables forum.

broccoli - Green Sprouting Calabrese. Purple Sprouting.
Kale - Tuscan
Collard - Green Glaze, Cabbage Collard
Beet - Chioggia, Bull's Blood, Flat of Egypt.
Snap peas - don't recollect any heirlooms in this category, but there are several snow peas.

There are lots of both open pollinated and hybrid cultivars in these categories. In beets as an example, Open pollinated standards include Detroit Dark Red as mentioned, Early Blood Turnip ( my favorite), Crosby's Egyptian, Early Wonder, Ruby Queen ...
Peckhaus
Long Island, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2008
5:47 AM

Post #4489043

Thank you Farmerdill and glendalekid. I thought it would be nice to try an heirloom garden this year, but I'm not completely sold on the idea. However, I will definitely try growing some of these varieties!
CompostR
south central, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 4, 2008
8:51 PM

Post #4495327

You can't go wrong with Detroit Dark Red Beets. As for the other vegetables, I'm still trying to find satisfactoy varieties myself!

Whoops - but I don't know if it's an open pollinated "heirloom" ?

This message was edited Feb 4, 2008 3:55 PM
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


February 4, 2008
8:59 PM

Post #4495351

Detroit Dark Red is open pollinated but not an "heirloom". It has been a standard commercial cultivar for years. Not among my favorites but a good all purpose beet.

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