Archive for January, 2013

Early Season Plant List


I spent the most of today in the greenhouse sowing seeds for early spring planting.  As always, I went a bit overboard and planted almost twice as many types of seeds as I planned to.  Oh well…variety is the spice of life!

For those of you that haven’t signed up for the class yet, there are still a few openings in the 9 a.m. morning classes on March 2 and 3, but the afternoon ones are full.  I have had some people ask for an evening class and I’ll offer a class on Monday, March 4th from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Just e-mail me at to let me know if you want a spot reserved for you.

For those that have signed up or those on the fence about signing up, here is my list of plants I should have available.  You may select 12 containers of these as part of your enrollment in the class.  These plants will all be densely planted with 15-20 plants per container.  Just have your list ready when you come to my house and we’ll pick them out at the end of the class.  Besides the 12 containers of plants, you’ll of course get the Agribond, hoop loops, and all the help I can give plus a packet of extra radish seeds, and a container of onion plants from Dixondale Farms.  I may have extra plants after the classes are over for others to purchase, but class members get first pick at the varieties.


Early Purple Vienna

Early White Vienna

Quickstar F1

White Kossack




Bright Lights


Black Magic

Dwarf Siberian

Starbor F1


Waltham 29

Green Sprouting Calabrese

Asian Greens

Siamese Dragon Stir Fry Mix

Michihili Chinese Cabbage

Pac Choi Da Cheong Chae


Afoglia D Oivo


Red Acre

Golden Acre


Red Tide

Caesar’s Favorite


European Mesclun Blend

Paris Island Cos

Rocky Top Mix


Black Seeded Simpson

Red Wing Mix

All Star Gourmet Mix


Red Ace F1

Detroit Dark Red



Bull’s Blood

Merlin F1



Red Meat

Black Spanish Round

Radish Mix

Easter Egg Mix


Slow Bolt






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2013 Tomato Plant List


This is a tentative list.  Depending on seed germination, weather conditions, and other factors, I may or may not have all of these varieties available  If you order a variety and I do not have it available when you pick up your plant, I will try to replace it with a similar variety or other plant at your discretion.

E-mail me at with a list of varieties you’d like and the quantity of each.  I’ll set your order aside and take care of your plants until you’re ready to put them in your garden.  Plants will be available for pick-up starting April 20th..  I recommend planting around the first full week of May.  If you plant earlier than this, you’ll have to watch for possible frosts and cover your plants or move them indoors to avoid damage.  Tomato and pepper plants cannot tolerate any frosts!

If you’re having difficulty making up your mind about what to grow, just let me know what you like to do with your tomatoes and how many you want to grow and I’ll personally pick out a selection of great plants to suit your needs.

I will also have Italian and Asian basil plants available as well as some other herbs this year.

I will also have cucumber plants of several types this year.

Plant prices will be $2.50 each, 5 plants for $10, or 12 plants for $20.  Further discounts for very large quantities.

So without further ado, here is this year’s list.  Please click on the hyperlinks for each variety to learn more about them.  As always, you can e-mail me with any questions you might have about gardening and I’ll do my best to help!

2013 Tomatoes

Red or Pink Tomatoes

Arkansas Traveler


Bolseno F1

Brandywine Cowlick’s Strain

Brandywine Pink

Brandywine Sudduth’s Strain

Costoluto Genovese


Early Girl

Eva Purple Ball

Frank’s Large Red

German Giant

Goose Creek

Liz Birt

Marianna’s Peace

Mortgage Lifter

Mule Team






Sylvan Guame

Van Wert Ohio


Yellow, Orange, or Bi-Color Tomatoes

Berkeley Tie Dye

Burraker’s Favorite

Grandma Viney’s Yellow and Pink


Jaune Flammee


Kellogg’s Breakfast

Orange Heart


Pink Berkeley Tie Dye

Pink Boar

Sweet Carneros Pink

Virginia Sweets

Yoder’s German Yellow

Green When Ripe Tomatoes


Aunt Ruby’s German Green

Cherokee Green

Green Doctors

Green Zebra

Grub’s Mystery Green

Black Tomatoes

Ananas Noir

Bear Creek

Black and Brown Boar

Black from Tula

Black Krim


Cherokee Purple

Gary ‘ O Sena

Indian Stripe

JD’s Special C-Tex

Paul Robeson

Tomatoes for Sauce or Salsas



San Marzano

Sylvan Guame


Cherry/Grape Tomatoes

Black Cherry


Green Doctors Frosted

Honey Drop

Isis Candy

Large Red Cherry

Matt’s Wild Cherry

Red Grape F1

Snow White


Sweet 100 Hybrid

Sweet Olive F1


Yellow Submarine

Tomatoes Good for Growing in Containers

Better Bush VFN Hybrid

Dwarf Wild Fred

Extreme Bush


New Big Dwarf

A special THANK YOU to Tatiana’s Tomatobase for providing the best heirloom tomato resource on the Internet!

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2013 Pepper, Herb, Eggplant, and Tomatillo List


As always, these are tentative lists and all varieties my not be available due to germination and other unforeseen conditions.  If you have a variety on your list and it is unavailable, we’ll talk about a possible replacement.

E-mail me with your list of peppers, herbs, eggplant, and tomatillos along with your tomato plant list at .  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Super Hot Peppers

7 Pot Chocolate

Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper)

Chocolate Habanero



Habanero Red

Habanero Yellow

Trinidad Scorpion

Hot Peppers


Big Bomb

Billy Goat



Hungarian Yellow Hot Wax

Jalapeno M

Orange Manzano


Red Cayenne

Red Mushroom




Thai Hot

Yellow Devil’s Tongue

Yellow Pequin

Sweet Peppers



California Wonder


Horizon Orange

Jimmy Nardello

Large Red Cherry

Lunchbox Orange

Lunchbox Red

Lunchbox Yellow

Ozark Giant

Pimento L


Purple Beauty


Sweet Banana


Toma Verde


Black Beauty

Fengyuan Purple

Long Purple


Rosa Bianca

Italian Basil


Large Leaf


Sweet Dani

Thai Basil

Green Joy

Holy Basil Green Leaf

Holy Basil Red Leaf

Siam Queen

Thai Magic

Other Herbs

German Thyme

Greek Oregano

Italian Oregano


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New Year, New Garden! Sign up for Early Spring Gardening Classes!

Welcome to 2013!  I hope everyone has made a resolution to make this year’s garden bigger, better, more diverse and more productive than ever!

One of the best ways to get the most use out of your garden beds is to plant an early spring crop, then plant a summer crop behind it, then plant a fall/winter crop behind that.  The whole concept is coined “Succession Gardening” and allows you to get the most from your garden space each year.  It requires you to do some planning, and the use of low tunnels to regulate the temperatures, but it isn’t too complicated.

Many of you have seen my early spring lettuce, beets, kohlrabi, radish, onion, and kale crops when you’ve been by to pick up your plants in May.  I start these beds in early March to get them to mature for an early spring harvest and to make sure I can harvest them in time to plant tomatoes, peppers, squash, and other crops in the same location later in the spring.

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Under the floating row covers is a bounty of spring crops!

This spring I will be offering some gardening classes to show you how to get the most out of your gardens throughout the year.  Included in the class will be all of the materials and plants to fill a 4′ x 12 ‘ bed as well as an hour of instruction on how to set up the garden and continued e-mail support throughout the spring to help you out with the nuances of low tunnel gardening.  The cost of the class will be $50

Materials provided:

15′ length of Agribond floating row cover and 3 Hoop Loop support braces.  Both of these can be re-used for several years of gardening.

Your choice of 12 containers of spring seedling plants including several varieties of lettuces, kohlrabi, onion, kale, beets, arugula, and chard.  You will also receive a packet of radish seeds to direct plant for a continuous harvest of them for salads all spring long.

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All participants in the classes will be part of a special e-mail group where I will keep you abreast of the timing of planting, weeding, harvesting, and watering as the season progresses.  You’ll also receive some of our favorite recipes for using your spring bounty.

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Class sizes will be very small (5 per class) to make sure that I can attend to each of your garden’s needs throughout the spring.  I will be offering classes on Saturday, March 2nd and on Sunday, March 3rd.  There will be a morning class at 9:00 a.m. and an afternoon class at 2:00 p.m.  The classes should last about one hour or so.  If weather conditions are not favorable on those days (heavy rain, snow, etc..), we’ll re-schedule the classes for the following weekend, March 9th and 10th.

To register for a class, please send me an e-mail at jworley1 AT   .  Please let me know which day and session you would prefer.  I will then send you an invoice through PayPal for a $10 deposit to hold your reserved day and session for you.

If you have any questions about the spring gardening classes, please feel free to ask.  I want to make your spring garden of 2013 a true bounty of deliciousness!

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