PotatoesWhat veggies have you grown that you insist on growing every year? Would like to hear what veggies people like growing the most!
I've sown some field beans in some of my beds - I'm hoping to harvest them so I have plenty of seed to use the following year.I grow well over 90% of the veggies we consume....and have done so for several decades....and there are many types I insist on.
I insist on: potatoes (at least 200 pounds per year harvested), onions (at least 200 pounds per year), corn (at least 300 ears per year), beans (various types including pole beans (30 quarts canned per year), pinto beans (30 pounds frozen per year, Bingo beans (20 pounds frozen per year), navy beans (about 15 pounds frozen per year), peas including 30 pounds of shelled peas frozen per year and a row of sugar snaps companion planted with potatoes, various brassicas including broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, are planted for continuous fresh consumption all fall and winter, various types of lettuce, carrots, beets, chard, collards, various types of peppers including jalapeno, bells and others, about 300 pounds of tomatoes canned each year, cucumbers, various melons, and probably several more types I failed to list.
But....the most important plants I grow are not the above veggies but are the cover crops which enable all the above production without the use of any synthetic fertilizers, weed killers, fungicides, non-organic insecticides, and plastics. These cover crops include alfalfa, field peas, Austrian peas, soybeans, clovers, vetch, turnips (also for eating), radish (also for eating), elbon rye, sunflowers as insect traps, and Sunn Hemp.
I strive for and generally achieve soil test results which say, " No N-P-K recommended".
I honestly can't name one veggie I like growing the best. I enjoy growing them all.
I purchase alfalfa seed from a supplier and plant it as a cover crop, but it is never in the ground longer than 6 to 9 months before it is turned under for soil replenishment. It is a marvelous plant with many beneficial uses....Alphalpha is an interesting one to me. That's been sprouts, right? So could you plant them as a cover crop but also harvest them for sprouting seeds all year around?
...I didn't know radish and turnips were good cover crops. I'm not keen on either but I am very good at growing them!
Not surprised nothing touches it; not a fan.Chard. Caterpillars and pigeons don't touch it, in fact it never has any pests, it goes on producing all year round, and I actually like eating it.
And everyone likes and grows tomatoes, Yum Yum, but they are a fruit, not a vegetable. (ducks).
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