Monday, January 30, 2012

Crop Lineup for 2012 Part 2

Continuing my list of crops for 2012.....

Another great performer last year was an heirloom, open pollinated pepper we call Italian Pickling Pepper. This seed was given to us by a family member and we are unsure of it's origin. It has for the last several years exceeded the yields of any pepper we have ever grown of this kind.  Great for roasting on the grill and packing in olive oil or freezing and also a welcome addition to salsa. 

California Wonder is the standard for bell peppers for many years. An heirloom variety originally introduced in 1928 is till the largest open pollinated heirloom bell you can grow. Days to maturity 75. These are the peppers I grow to dehydrate for seasoning, stuff with a filling and freeze or throw into a fresh salad or saute for my spaghetti sauce. 

Yellow crookneck squash is one of those vegetables that you see in all southern gardens. I grew up on them. My mother made the best crayfish and shrimp casserole with these things you can imagine. I always have these in my garden because they are so versatile. Not only are they great on the grill and fried. I can them for casseroles and freeze them for smothering in the winter. You can substitute these in zucchini bread or stuff them like a pepper with meat and bake. A versatile, open pollinated heirloom vegetable

My main tomato for everything is the Brandywine Tomato. It grows well in this area and the taste is amazing. We eat these fresh, use them in sauces, salsas and salads. An extremely large one slicer for sandwiches with an heirloom old time tomato taste. She's a big lady so give her lots of room and watch her produce all season.   

Every year I grow a couple Yellow Pear tomatoes for my oldest daughter. She can eat her weight in them and they are great pickled green, in salads or just eating warm off the vine. Many days you can find my husband picking over these bushes while picking and weeding the garden. Another open pollinated heirloom variety we have grown forever saving seeds from year to year.

Southern Giant Curled mustard green are another crop that I grow every year. An open pollinated heirloom variety that I always let go to seed so I have plenty of seeds every year. I plant both an early spring and late fall crop. These can great and taste really good in the winter when you are craving greens.

Every spring we anxiously await that first wilted lettuce salad with the Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce. A great early spring crop for us and eagerly awaited. Nothing like fresh salad greens, green onions,fresh peas and sliced eggs for a salad.

 Long Island Cheese Pumpkins are a great heirloom variety that grows well for us. Just a few bushed provide us not only with plenty of meat for pies and muffins but lots of tasty roasted seeds.

Hearts of Gold  is another heirloom favorite. Open pollinated and a great grower in our area. We love the melons and feed the chickens the rinds which they will fight over.

Well that's it. There are always a few varieties that I forget or people give me start of to try but for the most part that will be the bulk of the garden. Wishing all of you a successful 2012 gardening Year. 

Blessings from The Holler

The Canned Quilter


  1. Another great, informative post! Thanks, CQ. :)

  2. You make everything look so good..I'm noticing you mostly use the regular lids and not the new you like them? I've had a few mishaps with them not sealing when the others did or not keeping the seals when others did ...any comments about them..

    1. Ya know I am an obstinate old cuss! I've been using the old kind for 40 years and I haven't tried the new "Tattler" reusable lids yet. My philosophy is I'll try it when it isn't new anymore so everyone else can work out all the bugs. Kind of like the year I bought a brand new kind of car called a minivan. First year they made them and my hubby had to have one. That was the biggest piece of garbage I ever owned. EVERYTHING broke on it!! Learned my lesson beware of new : )

    2. I'll be your guinea pig :-) I've owned the same piece of garbage van LOL But... Tattlers are very worth their money!!!! I'm so glad I invested in them! I'll have my 600 of them when things tank and the metal ones are hard to find!

  3. Your pictures are so lovely! We grow almost the exact same things :)

  4. Are those canned pumpkin chunks up there? If so, I've known you could do them up that way, but wasn't sure what they'd be like when opened up or what they'd be good for (versus freezing puree).

    1. Indeed those are pumpkin chunks. I can them and then drain them and run through the food processor and use the same as puree. I don't always have the freezer room to freeze that much puree. So when I get a bumper crop I just can the chunks. I used to just can the puree like apple sauce but after 30 years of doing it that way the "canning police" have decided that it is unsafe : ) In other words all the experts advise against canning puree and now recommend canning chunks.Ah well such is life .....

  5. Just found your blog and have truly enjoyed reading through many of your old posts. I have to say that I love these last two about what you plant and the pictures are wonderful! Can't wait to read more... thanks for all the inspiration.


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