B What to Grow


Yukon Gold, consistently grows large, some scab.

Superior, a good early potato.

Red Pontiac (tends to have some scab and not grow very big). 

Norland Red grows bigger.

Red fingerling is reported to be excellent.

Banana, small, but beautifully tasting, closer to original potato than others.

Blue, tends to have lots of scab, and “floury” when boiled, not recommended.


Healthmaster, high in beta carotene, grows consistently well, large and crisp

Atomic Red, red colour, good tasting and grows to good size.

Sweetness does  not do as well.



Mesclun Mix, any Romaine will do well, from seed or seedling.


Beets: Any regular round beet will do ok. Beets like well-fed soil, lots of space.


Peas: Regular peas: an early pea such as Spring (with the least amount of days to maturity).

Green  Arrow is a bit later and grows really well.

The only one that has not done well for me is a Laxton.

Tall Telephone is good, keeps producing, as is any snap pea and snow pea.


Broccoli: Plant seedling in late May or early June. I just buy seedlings. Big feeder, will tolerate liquid fish


Kale: All Kale seems to do well here, it produces all summer and is frost tolerant. 

Beans: Provider. It’s simply the best, but it needs to be babied with floating row cover until the temperature gets hot.

 These were planted late, but always covered with a row cover and watered  

These beans 60 days from planting were planted late but kept under a floating row cover and watered every other day. Planted densely they produced about 25 lbs of beans before the frost killed them.

 These beans were not kept covered and were planted too sparsely.

Swiss Chard: Best grown from seedling. Can be seeded directly, but takes a while.


Dill: Seed directly and thickly, cut when 3 to 4 inches for baby dill.


Cabbage: Grows well, but big feeder. Plant as seedlings.


Turnips: Do well, but need good soil and space. Rutabaga is better for storing.