Last year I made a thread asking what people were excited to try out in their gardens. Here it is again, almost time to start seedlings and begin
This is always my favourite time of the year. I'm going to outline what worked, what didn't, and what new seeds Im excited to try in 2016. Please,
if everyone who enjoys gardening could add their experiences, that would be great!
Zone 5, Nova Scotia Canada. Soil is good, mulched each fall, we make our own compost.
What worked last year:
Hot peppers! These are so easy to grow and I would reccommend for all beginner gardeners. Last year we tried out "Czech Black" peppers, they grew
beautifully and we made them into a nice, smoky chili powder. Jalapeños were plentiful and eventually pickled.
Carrots. Wow, did we get a huge crop of carrots. Likely 30 pounds all told.
Potatoes. We grew Yukon Gold, Russet, and our own variety of red potato, which produces seed pods each year.
Radishes. We aren't growing these this year, because we just can't figure out what the heck to do with them. They just become compost. That being
said, we produced about 40 lbs all told.
Watermelons. I was so surprised that. Our watermelons did well. We only got seven melons in the end, but they were delicious.
San Marzano Tomatoes. We were overwhelmed with the production level and quality of these tomatoes! I'm still using canned tomatoes from last
Patty Pan Squash. Yum, huge amounts of tasty little patty pans.
Butternut Squash. While not crazy plentiful, these were delicious and so orange.
Brussels Sprouts. We harvested these until December!
Eggplants. Wow, wow, wow! We were sick of eggplants by the time summer was over. We donated quite a lot to the local Lebanese place, who shared
their Baba Ganoush recipe in return.
What didn't work.
Cauliflower. For some reason our cauliflower turned out like baby's breath. I've never seen this before and I have no idea what might have caused
Kohlrabi. Our kohlrabi was of very poor quality this year. The texture was just so off, despite being delicious in previous seasons.
Beans and Peas and Cucumbers. These were decimated by deer. So sad, but we have more fencing this year so no worries.
Peppers. Unfortunately, it just wasn't hot enough for green peppers this year. We only got 3 small peppers.
New for this year.
I'm so, so excited to get started. We also plant beets, chard, lettuces, and a large tomatoe variety with great success each year. We might also
plant parsnips if we can work them in.
What about you?
edit on 17-2-2016 by Atsbhct because: Added pictures.