• Last spring my garden is alive after along winter sleep. Plenty of work to be done. Planted many vegetable seedlings grown in the greenhouse. Lettuce, carrot (sowed direct into the ground), collard, kale, Swiss chard, corn, pumpkin, potato, beet, summer squash, tomato and leek. The garden is doing great. Just yesterday I harvested several zuccinni. Right away I made zuccinni chocolate cake. It is always a joy to be able to harvest from your own garden and cook with the vegetable that you grow yourself. Gardening is an excellent exercise for body and mind. Regardless how big or small your garden is.
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In My Garden this Year

Every year I would gathered seed catalogs searching for new vegetable seeds to experiment in my organic garden.   I have a soft spot for everything in the vegetable world,  then, I have to remind myself not to go overboard.   In 20+ years of gardening I have tried many varieties  organic and regular seeds.  Some were succesful and some failed, either I did not do the right thing or simply was not suitable for my area.  Nevertheless, I found few that thrived successfully in my garden.  Here are the list of seeds that I grow every year and some new one. 


CARROTS – Chantenay red core, 70 days, full flavor, crunchy, absolutely wonderful  (nichols

Health Master, F1 Hybrid, 130 days, chunky carrot, great in soups, stews or just eating fresh.  (nichols

Purple Haze (F 1), 73 days, this is new have to wait whether this will be keeper or not.  (nichols

CORN – Bodacious, hybrid SE 75 days, wonderful taste, sweet, crunchy, this is my favorite a true keeper.  SE (sugar enhance) will slow conversion of sugar to starch.  This means, it will stay fresh for at least 10 days. ( fedco



TOMATOES – Oregon Spring, 58 days, (determinate) mature in August, mild flavor, almost seedless fruits.  Performing best in cool summer, which Oregon gets most of the time.  (fedco

Cosmonaut Volkov, 65 days (indeterminate) full, rich and mild flavoring.  Great for salads or filled tomatoes.  Named after the famous Russian cosmonaut Vladislav Volkov.  (fedco). 

Brandywine, 90 days, (indeterminate), excellent flavor, flattened fruit, unique I should say.  A potato leaf variety.  (turtleseed

Sungold, cherry tomato, 57 days, sweet with a hint of tartness, deep yellow color.  Delicious eating straight picked from the vine.  Small fruit, borne in clusters.  (fedco). 



PEAS – Green Arrow, 65 days, great tasting shell peas a true keeper for my garden.  (fedcoseeds or nichols). 


 LETTUCE – Simpson elite, 45 days, favorite, easy to grow, delicate taste and tender leaves.   Will last several days in the fridge crisper.  (nichols). 

Buttercrunch, organic, 65 days, another of my favorite.  Buttery taste, heat resistant and slow to bolt.   (nichols). 

Red Deer Tounge, 60 days, favorite, tender, delicate, succulent heads, with reddish tinge on leaves.  (nichols

Royal Oak Leaf, 40 days, another favorite,  leaf resemblance to an oak leaf wonderful tasting.  (nichols


PUMPKIN –  Winter squash, winter luxury, 105 days, excellent for pies, light orange color with netted skin, slightly sweet orange flesh.  A long keeper and  will grace your Thanksgiving table. (johnyseeds

Accorn Carnival, 85 days, unique mix colors, green, white, yellow, small size, sweet flavor.  I use a lot in soups or made into puree vegetable side dish. (fedco


SUMMER SQUASH – Lebanese white bush, 50 days, new  this year, I don’t know what to expect.  (fedco

Cocozelle, 50 days, light green stripes, rich flavored, prolific producer was last year.  I still have some left in the freezer. 

Golden zucchini, 57 days golden-yellow color, mild flavor.  Fair producer, dependable. 

KALE – Tuscan, 65 days, narrow, strappy leaves deep green color.  Good for steaming or stir fry.  

SWISS CHARD – Fordhook giant, 50 days, broad white stems, leaves dark green, savoyed with white veins.  Excellent flavor.  Good for steaming and stir fries.  (fedco


GREEN BEANS – Provider, 50 days, my favorite.  I have grown these for a long time.  dependable, prolific and rich beany taste.  (fedco




PEPPERS – Sweet spot Banana, hybrid 70 days, another favorite, easy to grow, prolific,  they are 8″ long and 2″ wide.  mature from pale green to bright banana yellow.  Use in stir fries or salads.  nichols 

Gypsy,  hybrid,  70 days vigorous plants, large, ripen yellow-green to bright sweet red.  prolific producer in my garden.   (nichols


MUSTARD – Green Wave, 60 days dark green, frilled and curled leaves.  Green wave has a delightful, hot and spicy taste.  About 2 feet tall and resist bolting in warm weather.  Add to stir fries or mature leave into stew.  nichols 



Jacob's Cattle


DRY BEANS – Jacob’s cattle, 85 days, also known as trout bean,anazasi bean, coach dog bean.  Favorite of mine, good tasting, use in soups, baked beans recipes and vegetarian dish.  Pure white beans with deep maroon splash on 24″ plants.  (VermontBean

Bumble Bee


Bumble Bee, 98 days,  large white beans with a black spot.  Another favorite of mine.  Named bumble bee  becauase of its large size.  (VermontBean


Cherry-Plum Tree in The Spring

Sunshine, blue sky, wispy white clouds here and there.  Robins chasing the worms and blue jay searching for twigs to build a nest in nearby tree.   Daffodils, crocuses have emerged from their winter slumber.  Spring is in the air.  I love spring everything is fresh and new. 

Another sign of spring is the cherry plum trees in my garden.  They are always the first to bloom showing their magnificent white flowers.  Bees attracted to their strong scent.  I stood one sunny day in front of the trees and listen the bees buzzing along feasting on the cherry plum blossoms it was an awesome sound.   Robins like to eat the fruit too, ripen in late July through August.  To cover trees with bird net it is impossible.  There are plenty of fruit to share around for human and birds. 

Latin  for cherry plum,  prunus cerasifera or the myrobalan cherry tree.  A deciduous tree belongs to the rose family,  (Rosaceae in Latin).  Will grow from 15 to 30 feet.  The cherry plum in my garden is about 25 feet with a spread of 30 feet.  These trees are good for screening neighborhood eyesores.  The flower is about 3/4 to 1 inch with 5 petals.  Fruit size similar to cherry with characteristic of a plum.  Cherry plum taste of a combination cherry and plum.  It has a pit like cherry.  Fruit color is deep red.  My cherry plum tree leaves are deep green, some say they are purple, this probably came from different cultivation.  In autumn the leaves turn reddish-purple.  

Grown in acidic soil, might also be able to grow in mild alkaline soil.   Cherry plum tree prefers full sun and moist soil which is suitable growing condition in Oregon.  The seeds dispersed by wild life.  Walking through my property occasionally I found cherry plum seedlings.  I would dig them out and transplanted in a different place.  A slow growing tree I should say. 

I like eating cherry plum picked fresh from the tree or make them into jam, chutneys, pies and cobblers.  Use recipe as you are making cherry pie.  Last year I made cherry plum jam and taste wonderful. 


Cherry-Plum blossoms at its peak.



Happy  Gardening