Suggestions for The Cool Season:
Artichokes (a perennial)
Burpee’s Golden, Chioggia, Detroit Dark Red, Detroit White,
Nutribud, Waltham. Calabrese, DeCicco
Long Island (sometimes "Improved" is added)
Cabbage (including Oriental cabbage-like greens)
Point One, Early Jersey Wakefield, Copenhagen Market,
Dragon, St. Valery, Paris Market, Scarlet Nantes,
Cauliflower – there are purple ones too!
Argentata, Five Color Silverbeet,
Windsor; Aprovecho (sometimes appended with “Select”)
Florence Fennel (bulbing)
Romy, Zefa Fino.
Garlic (this is a long season crop, plant in Fall harvest next Summer)
KaleDinosaur (also called 'Lacinata'), Redbor,
Carina, King Richard
more varieties than you can shake a stick at – or grow a mix!
Onions (also a long season growing; find “short-day” varieties like Italian Torpedo)
Other leafy salad things
Tall Telephone Pole, Dwarf Gray Sugar,
All-Blue, Caribe, Yukon Gold,
French Breakfast, Fluo, Easter Egg, Purple Plum, Watermelon
Bloomsdales’ Long Standing, America
DeMilan, Purple Top White Globe
Include all perennial herbs and perennial flowers. In addition, try some fun annuals like calendulas, larkspur, poppies (bread, California or Iceland types), sweet peas, and venidium. Make room for cilantro! Lots of cilantro!!
Suggestions for The Warm Season:
Lettuce Leaf, Genovese,
Beans - drying
Black Turtle, Calypso, Cherokee Trail of Tears, Hidatsa, Hutterite, Cannelini,
Beans – lima
Roc d’Or, Romano, Royal Burgundy, Kentucky Wonder, Blue Lake
Golden Bantam, Country Gentleman,
Mideast Prolific, Japanese, Armenian,
Asian Bride, Rosa Bianca, Dusky
Charantais, Jenny Lind,
Ancho, Corno di Toro, Healthy, Marconi,
Aji Crystal, Fish (mildly hot), Early Jalapeno,
Black Beauty, Yellow Crookneck
Squash (Winter)Acorn, Marina de Chioggia, Potimarron, Queensland Blue, Kaboucha,
Brandywine, San Marzano, Stupice, Sweet 100’s, Rutgers and thousands others!
Green Husk, Purple di Milpa,
Plant from seed or buy transplants at a nursery of fun warm-season annual flowers like marigolds, cleome (watch the stickers!), cosmos, sunflowers and zinnias. These warm season flowers make cheerful bouquets. You can also grow everlasting flowers like statice and gomphrena. The widest selection of flowers and vegetables is available to those who start their own from seed, especially if one orders from the internet.