What new crops did you grow in 2013? Will you grow them again?
I planted a number of new varieties this year in my vegetable garden. Some worked out well, some not so well. What new crops did you try? Will you plant them again?
My standard Charentais has been Savor, but Johnny's Seeds said this one was earlier. I found it to be over a week earlier than Savor. It's also netted. Most notably, it resists cracking. With Savor, the instant the skin turns color, it's going to crack. So Escorial is an improvement. The flavor is intense, the flesh more crisp than Savor. I'll grow this one again.
Cucumber: Tasty Jade
A long, "burpless" parthenogenic type. Really nice seedless cuke. I wanted a parthenogenic type to try out my plan of wrapping the support tower in nylon net to exclude the cucumber beetles. It must have worked, because my oldest vines are still alive and, sortof, producing. Will grow again.
Summer Squash: Tromboncino, Costata Romanesco
I wanted SVB resistance plus flavor so tried these two varieties instead of standard zukes. Neither variety got SVB damage. Maybe they weren't around.
Tromboncino: P moschata. This means it can cross-pollinate with the Butternut squash, in case either runs short on male flowers. The vines are long-running, the fruiting prolific. I found them ready to pick on the day of flowering and they could more than triple in size by the next day. I like the seedlessness of the long necks, but the flavor is bland. I'd grow it again if I had more room and could use more squash.
Costata Romanesco: This C pepo variety has the huge leaves and thick hollow stem of a typical zuke, but it tends also to vine a bit, not as compact as the usual bush zuke. The fruits are ridged. Very vigorous plant that resisted every disease and remained green and healthy all season. Because of the flavor issue, this is the one I'll probably grow next year.
Bush Filet Bean: Concador
Very thin, straight, tender yellow beans. I wanted a yellow bean for variety. The first flush is extremely prolific. It's too late in the season to judge a second flush. Some of the pods were getting seedy before they developed good size and color. It was hard to pick on that account. I might grow this again, but I'll probably try a different yellow bean instead.
Lima Bean: Jackson Wonder
This is supposed to be a bush-type, small-seeded lima. What I wanted were baby limas. It turned out to be what I'd call semi-vining, which really wasn't a problem although I had to scramble to support it. But when the seeds were small and tender like I wanted them, the pods were a real bother to get open; when the pods zipped open easily, the beans were too old, already turning purple. Because of the purple coloring, the cooked beans ended up an unappetizing muddy brown. Won't grow this again.
Last year, having overabundance of tomatoes, I made a lot of salsa and found myself buying jalapenos for them. So I decided to grow my own hot peppers, but opted for a less-hot variety so I could use more and have more flavor from them. But this one is as heatless as a bell pepper, harsh flavored when green. It's also highly susceptible to BER and sunscald. I got very few unspoiled peppers. Definitely a no-grow. Next year I'll grow an actual hot pepper.