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Most reliable veg varieties?
Sat 11-Sep-10
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maggenpie
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My veg garden is so small that everything I grow has to be well worth the space it occupies.

For instance I can rely on Sungold tomatoes and Cobra french beans to always give me a heavy crop.

Now I'm thinking about my seed order and I'm wondering what veg varieties other folk have found to be outstanding and well worth the space they take up?

 

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Sat 11-Sep-10
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I can recommend as a second early potato - Wilya. I find it survives either wet wind rain or drought.

I grow gardeners delight tomato which has always done well for me especially as I was given a tip this year of tapping the top of the flower trusses twice a day which gave me an even better crop than normal.

I  expect the varieties would be affected by the location in the country of your garden, some areas being colder/warmer  or wetter/drier than others laugh

Sat 11-Sep-10
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I got blight this year for the first time so I was thinking of trying Lady Balfour next. Wilja look good though, just looked them up. High yield, high number to a plant. Added to your comments thats what I need. Not sure about the blight though frown I grow in bags and did really well with Nadine last year.This year I had Vivaldi and the blight finished them off early. What I got from them are nice, just not as many as I wanted.

I've heard Gardeners Delight are reliable. Interesting that such an old variety is still one of the best! I grow my Sungold in my little greenhouse and as always they are laden with fruit. Yet Roma plum tomato grown alongside have been miserable.That space is going to something else next time. Maybe Gardeners Delight then.

Thanks Tammy!

 

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Sun 12-Sep-10
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Romano tomatoes - excellent germination rate, fast growing, disease resistant, big plum-type fruit, ideal for cooking and freezing whole.  We've had them in pasta sauces and as a pizza topping with garlic and herbs in a home made passata.

 

We're also impressed with our San Marzano, also good germination, fast growing, disease resistant plum type.  We've used these for cooking but also had them in salads - very tasty raw, which was contrary to expectations.

 

We grew Purple Calabash as a novelty - waste of time.  Some fruits have ripened, but they seem to have taken about 6 weeks to do so.  Many more have dropped or had blossom end rot. 

 

All our tom varieties have been grown both in the greenhouse and outside in 12" pots.  Greenhouse ones have a slightly better ripening rate and yield, otherwise pretty much the same.  We fed all the plants once a week when the fruit had started to form, and watered well every 24 - 48 hours, depending on the weather.

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Sun 12-Sep-10
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That's an interesting post, John.

We have a very small veg patch, and this year planted only Koralik bush tomatoes, as recommended by Gardeners World. The good points are that they have fruited well and the bushes don't need staking.

However, they are a bit hit-and-miss with flavour - some very sweet, others just so-so, but also they are attached very firmly to their stalks and in trying to detach the stalk, a large amount of them split and considering they are tiny, too, we probably wouldn't grow them again.

I'll take note of your varieties for next year.

Many thanks.

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Sun 12-Sep-10
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As I read recently in an article in the Home Farmer magazine the advice for small plots is to grow things which don't keep well like salads and stick to what you like ie don't grow lots of beetroot if you don't eat it. cheers, although why they wouldn't eat beetroot puzzles me it is a great veg and deserves more space and not just pickled but eaten boiled, in a sweet and sour organge sauce and baked are my favourites.

I was going to recommend a lettuce that I have been growing here but I can't see the variety in the english seed companies, it translates as American brown and is a cos like lettuce with slightly brown leaves but it is great as it lasts, even if it bolts the lettuce leaves are still edlible and survives a mild frost. cheers

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But, as you said Joanna, home-grown tomatoes should taste nice (unlike the watery ones you find in supermarkets sometimes). In our previous house we had a lot more room - and a greenhouse - and we had some lovely tomatoes. The soil is probably different here, too.

It will be a case of trial and error until we find the right one, I guess!

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Sun 12-Sep-10
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Thanks for the recommendations, everyone seems to have a favourite tomato! I'll stick with Sungold, but I want a bigger tomato as well, for slicing and cooking. And hopefully drying, because I have ordered a dehydrator. smile Now I have a list to look up, thanks.

My tactics with my small space is to grow small amounts of lots of things. My beds are all raised up to 45cm high, don't laugh, its to keep the ducks out but its not working! I don't grow lettuce because my husband refuses to eat it. Instead I grow spinach, chard, land cress, lambs lettuce, rocket and pak choi. The spinach, chard and pak choi do first as salads then later for cooking. Early peas, a short row just for the pleasure of eating them raw. Cobra climbing french beans. Spaghetti marrows and mini pumpkins - they do take up a lot of space but I get a good number to take me through the winter. Courgettes, always start well then decline when the weather changes so I'm probably going to grow Parthenon next time. Kohl rabi and beets, red and white, small sowings every month so long as there is room. For winter I grow kale, spinach and chard and had planned on kohl rabi and pak choi but had another duck incident....surprised Hoping the new sowing will catch up.

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