Recommended Open-pollinated Cultivars

Asparagus (Mary Washington)

Beans (Blue Lake)

Beet (Detroit Dark Red, Detroit Supreme)

Broccoli (DiCicco, Waltham 29)

Carrot (Danvers Half Long, Scarlet Nantes, Thumbelina)

Celery (Utah 52-70)

Corn, Sweet (Golden Bantam)

Cucumber (Lemon, Marketmore 76, Wisconsin)

Lettuce, Leaf (Black Seeded Simpson, Oak leaf, Red Sails)

Lettuce, Romaine (Barcarolle, Cimarron, Parris Island Cos)

Melon (Hales Best Jumbo, Crenshaw, Honeydew)

Onions, Bunching (Evergreen White Bunching)

Onions (Utah Sweet Spanish)

Peas (Little Marvel, Lincoln)

Peas, Edible Pod (Sugar Snap, Oregon Sugar Pod II)

Peppers (Yolo Wonder, Sweet Banana, Jalapeño Early)

Pumpkins (Big Max, Jack-O’-Lantern)

Radish (Champion)

Tomatoes, early (Oregon Spring, Glacier)

Tomatoes, beefsteak (Beefsteak, Brandywine)

Tomatoes, Medium (Cherokee Purple, Black Prince)

Tomatoes, cherry (Cherry-Red)

Tomatoes, paste (Amish Paste, San Marzano)

Watermelons (Crimson Sweet)

Squash (Crookneck-Early Yellow Summer, Waltham Butternut)

Swiss Chard (Bloomsdale Long Standing)

Zucchini (Black Beauty)

Insect Control

See Companion Planting

There are plants that are helpful to each other and some that are not.  Very interesting area to learn about.

See Organic Gardening Keynote Movie

Edible plants good for Container Gardening

See Saving Seeds PowerPoint Presentation to see important information about saving seeds

See Vegetable Garden 101 by Larry Sagers

Year-round gardening with a high tunnel by Clarence Whetten


Take back the lawn for a garden

If you have grass you want to garden in, just put cardboard over the top and add compost (3 to 6 inches) from the green waste at the dump and garden right on top.  It is preferred to start this in the fall so all winter the worms can bring the compost down to the soil, but you can do this anytime.  No need to rototill ever!  Every fall or other time of year you should add 2-3 inches compost.

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