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The 2011 Garden


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The 2011 Garden

morwen | Feb 24, 2011 05:27 PM

It's soon time to start seedlings here in Virginia. I'm in zone 6B. In fact, we've started our broccoli already because last year we discovered it survived the flea beetles better if the transplants were large and they'll be set out really early under under hoops and plastic. But about mid-March we start our tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers indoors. We haven't decided what variety of eggplant we're growing yet but we're planting Smokey, Principe Borghese, Amish Paste and Currant tomatoes and Marconi, Zavory, and Mini-Belle Peppers. I'd love some suggestions for eggplant varieties. Good bug-resistant ones. Not Black Beauties, we're more fond of Japanese-type eggplants. A suggestion for a mild hot pepper would be nice, we're not into mouth-burning varieties or heat for the sake of heat. And last year we were given a zucchini that was green, round, and about the size of a softball but the person who gave it to us didn't know what variety it was either. I'd like to grow that, we really liked it and we are so burnt out on regular zucchini. Anyone familiar with it?

We built this shelf last year for starting our seeds and it became really useful beyond that: I wanted to share it because we were able, for the first time, to grow really healthy, stocky transplants with it.

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