June 29th, 2010

Test Garden Update: Nan Sterman, Encinitas, CA

My garden got planted a little later in the year than usual—early May rather than mid-April. Honestly, I think I may do that again. The plants just took off! It’s been amazing, really. The curcurbits are flowering and producing, the tomatoes are growing bushier every day and starting to flower, the flowers are budding, the peppers are growing tall, and the basil is close to being ready to sample, but not quite yet.

This week, I cut the first ‘Lime Crisp’ cukes, which are delicious! Slender, crisp, slightly sweet. A real winner. I hope it produces well.

I picked the first ‘Little Potato’ cukes tonight and I gotta say, this thing is so ugly that I can’t imagine anyone wanting to plant it other than for its odd appearance. The fruits were not quite ripe—the skin still a bit thick and the flavor not quite developed. I’ll let the next set get larger before picking.

Does anyone still have ‘Delfino’ cilantro coming up in their garden? I have a patch that has reseeded for years now. We still like the feathery texture and slightly mild flavor.

I miss eggplant this year—there are no eggplants among the vegetables we’re trialing—so I think I’ll start some from the past. I still have seed for ‘Opal’ and ‘Twinkle’, two winners in my garden from 2006. I’m teaching a class this coming week on starting plants from seeds so I’ll start those and use them as demonstration.

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