Saturday, January 29, 2011

2010 Results

I meant to put up the results of the last year when the last plant came out of the ground,  but since that was over a month ago I guess it's better late than never.  I've been trying to come up with a good excuse as to why I haven't posted for a few weeks, but alas, I have none.     Much has happened since my last entry - Christmas and the New Year, a freak snowstorm in Southern California, and the seed catalog porn has been devoured and filed away.

So here's what worked for me last year:

SunSugar - Excellent
Paul Robeson - Excellent
Virginia Sweets - Awful, no fruit
Rutgers - Small, didn't care for the taste
Early Wonder - Small, early but nothing to get excited about
La Roma - Poor, small fruit/ scrawny plant
Amish Paste - Great taste, large fruit, light production
Celebrity - Great, as always
Zapotec Pleated - Very late season, but the taste was great as well as the production

Jalapeno, Carmen, Lipstick and Relleno all did excellent.  Very productive and the fruit tasted great.

The zucchini did well as usual.  The cucumbers sucked - again.  I swear the plant grows great, but I can't keep those damn aphids away.  Whatever fruit formed was bitter as well. This was the first year with the new drip irrigation system and I was very pleased with how it all worked out.

Here's what the winter crop looks like now:


Cabbage and Cauliflower

Swiss Chard
Romaine lettuce and Garlic


  1. I hate to inform's been two months since your last post :)!!

    Your winter garden is looking good!! Have you harvested much from it yet??

    I think that you are the first person that I've heard of that has trouble growing cucumbers....maybe it has something to do with your weather and the time of year that you plant them. I don't know anything about veggies gardening in your climate so I'm of no help. I had so many cucumbers here last year that I pulled the vines when I was done making pickles!

  2. Hi Robin, the lettuce has been great so far. Now that the sun is starting to track in the right place, everything seems to be growing faster. The cabbage is rounding, so I expect it in a few weeks. Cauliflower plants are growing, but small heads. I must be doing something wrong with the cucs. Which variety do you use? I have grown Diva in the past, mixed results. Stay warm back there!!

  3. Hi! I noticed an incoming link from your blog and decided to come on over and check it out. I love your blog. Gardening and cooking/grilling are two of my favs. Funny, I read back to the beginning of last summer and saw you started your plants in the same red cups I used.

    Anyway, thanks for the link to Fly Fish Nevada on your blog roll. I have your blog bookmarked and I'll see if I can't work your link into my site somehow. I was thinking of creating another kind of catch-all blog and this kind of inspired me.

    Take care!!

  4. Thanks for the kind words, Dan. I've been keeping up with your blog for some time and really enjoy the Eastern Sierra, Virginia Lakes posts. You've definitely got the retirement gig nailed! I'm jealous...

  5. Glad you like the site. Come on up and we can go fishing. I hope to explore a lot of new areas this summer. I'm also hoping my gardening goes better than last year.