We'll have several peppers available this summer. The sweet peppers include the following bells: California Wonder (green, turns to red), Big Red, Chardonnay (yellow), Purple Beauty, Orange Sun, Diamond (pale yellowish-green), Gator Belle (green) and Quadrato D'Asti Giallo (yellow). The two other sweet peppers are Pimento (the same red pimento used in stuffed olives and pimento cheese) and Cherveno Chushka (a Bulgarian Heirloom, traditionally used for roasting). The hot peppers include Jalapeno, Cayenne, Hungarian Hot Yellow Wax (turns to red at maturity) and an Anaheim pepper Big Jim (perfect to use for Chile Rellenos). We might add a few more peppers, if we run across anything interesting. I'm thinking we probably need a couple of salad peppers.
We have a few bean varieties now, but again, I may add a couple of more. We have 2 string beans: Contender Green Beans (stringless pod) and Yellow Wax Beans. The shell beans include: Henderson's Lima beans (aka butter beans), Speckled Calico Lima Beans and Cranberry Beans (slightly nutty flavor). Although these shelling beans are pretty tasty, we'll probably only include them 3 or 4 times over the summer and you will need to shell them. It's easy to do, but we just won't have time to shell enough beans for our entire membership. Kids enjoy doing it... at least the first time or two.
As with the shelling beans, peas are quite time consuming to shell. For that reason, we will only be growing Pinkeye Field Peas (similar to Blackeyed Peas, but tastier) and Sugar Snap Peas (with the edible pods). If you aren't interested in the Pinkeyes, no problem, as we are growing them not only to eat, but also to enrich the soil. The Sugar Snap Peas are wonderful in many dishes, or sauteed as a side dish. They are used in a lot of oriental dishes.
These are the peppers, beans and peas we'll definitely be planting, but as I said, we may add a few more, if I hear of anything that I think would be a welcome addition. Anticipated planting dates in the garden are April 1st for the peas and April 15th for the beans. I started the bell peppers two weeks ago and those seedlings are doing great. I'll start the rest of the sweet peppers and the hot peppers tomorrow.
Posted by Robin @ 07:18 PM CST [ Comments  ]