I will add Lovage as it is a nice celery flavor leafy that is friendly with most other veggies.
My favorite snow peas are sugar lace 2 (OP) semi leafless/ leafless tendrils only .
Beets : I liked Chioggi , Golden beets (non bleeding nice to bake even ), bulls blood ,
and good old Detroit etc.
some of you might like Rattail radish (air radish pod) very nice pods in fresh salads ...
I grew a red-stem celery some years ago, and it still comes up -- in my containers, since I've moved about 3 times since then! I don't try to blanch it, so it is a soup vegetable rather than a mild raw snacking vegetable. It's also pretty. I was planning to plant some of them at the ends of rows in the community garden, but a cluster around the hose bib would be nice, too.
I'd also like to add more flowers to the community garden plot, to attract more pollinators, and for general cheeriness.
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I was thinking to try and go perennial with the celery by growing celeriac instead. I ordered some seeds but still waiting. Root parsley as well. Just thinking it would be good to make a patch of things that 'might' survive overwinter and be root crops too, with tasty tops you can nibble on. Hope to have a container in the greenhouse, some sugar beet, root parsley and celeriac. They'll definitely make it there.
We have had swiss chard overwinter at my mom's place, although a bad winter may take them out. Some cool kale as well that made tons of "mockkoli" sprouts in the spring, om nom nom.
temperate marine climate
yearly precip 61 inches/1550 mm
Last year as an experiment I froze cherry tomatoes without doing any prep and am using them now. After defrosting they are mushy and have a bit of a funny taste so they're not the best to use in a salad (I do anyway), but using them for cooking is fine. I put them in omlets and really can't tell the difference between fresh and frozen when they're cooked.
I also grow garlic and snow peas over Winter. Am picking enough peas every week right now to last a while. Eat them throughout the week and then pick and cook a fresh batch every Sunday.
I have an orange tree too. The fruit starts ripening around Thanksgiving and lasts throughout Spring. I hate to sound like I'm bragging, but I defy you to find a store bought orange that tastes anywhere near as good as one freshly picked from your own tree. I have 2 baby almond trees (got 10 whole almonds from them last year!) and planted bare root blackberries this year. Hopefully will get some fruit from them in a year or 2.
kept in a 5-7 gallon ..
amazing as it seems it will survive down to -10 C ….but don't push it .
be kind and bring it inside around here between Nov.1 - March 1.
everyone should have at least 2 .
Climate: Hot and Humid
Avg annual rainfall: 60.48"
I happen to adore eggplant, so it's not difficult for me to make lasagna with eggplant instead of noodles. Ratatouille is amazing (a mixture of veggies) with grated mozzarella on top. I always add veggies to spaghetti sauces and stews. I'm sure there are better cooks than me on here who can come up with some amazing ideas to use many of the wonderful veggies that we grow.
And no peas...
Climate: Hot and Humid
Avg annual rainfall: 60.48"
I always like this inspiring poster of ….early ideals of organization .
Notice it has collards ?.....I also like purple giant mustard ...and orach
I like the ideas of perennials and varieties with strong volunteer (reseed and replace areas).
Amaranth Dandelion Egyptian Spinach. Loves heat and produces more if you prune. Gai Choi Parsley Katuk. This plant makes good natural fence. It's very easy to root from cuttings. In a rare case, some people needed lung transplant because they consumed excess amount of the leaves juice. But don't let this put you off. This is widely consumed daily by Southeast Asians with the leaves cooked. If you juiced and drank an excess amount of parsley leaves you'll probably die too, just use common sense. Malabar Spinach. Must grow. Papaya. Must grow if you're in warm climate, but get dwarf variety otherwise they become 20ft tall over time. Plantain/banana. Must grow in warm climate Sunchoke/Jerusalem artichoke
I grow about 30 kinds of stuff (peppers, tomatoes, etc count as one category each). I'm looking at this list a little differently, through "grid down" eyes where growability, longevity, nutrition and seed saving are paramount.
Asparagus - The plot here is old and in decline but we've been putting in more the past two years. Fresh eating only.
Beans, both bush and pole - They can up great but with the heat and bugs here it's hard to save the seed as the bean beetles get 'em.
Cabbage - Long storing and very versatile for fresh eating, krauting and kimchi. Two planting seasons here.
Carrots - They store well, can well and a good source of vitamins. Two planting seasons here. Seed collection of this biennial could be problematic. Going to try that this year by leaving a few in the ground until next year.
Collards and kale - Super hardy, super good for you and here I can grow them year round.
Garlic - Gotta have it! One good crop will last the whole year with extra for planting more.
Herbs - basil, parsley, oregano, thyme, dill, rosemary, sage
Scallions - I have no way to store regular onions and temp swings make them bolt early. Scallions I grow year round while piddling around with regular onions. Easy seed collection.
Field Peas - They love the heat and have few insect problems. I can eat them fresh and unlike green beans, the bugs don't bother the seed so I can let them dry on the vine and store long term. They're a staple here and take the place of other dried beans that don't do well.
Peppers and Tomatoes - Of course!
Summer squash - Maybe... fresh eating only. Too many borers.
Sweet potatoes- Unlike Irish potatoes, I can store sweets in a closet for ages. If I had to choose between the two, the sweets win out. I currently grow Irish potatoes but end up canning them before they get too old. Great for instant stew. But then, there would be no seed potatoes left for next year.
Turnips - Easy to grow for fresh eating and long term storage. Two growing seasons here.
Things I'd drop in an emergency if I had to:
Broccoli - Not necessary if I have collards and kale.
Corn - Needs too much water, fertilizer and space.
Cauliflower - Very iffy crop here due to temp swings.
Cucumbers - I could make do without pickles if I had to and devote that space to something else.
Onions - See scallion note above.
Okra - Not enough volume for the space it takes up but it's really hardy in the heat so I could be convinced to keep it.
Winter squash - Last year was my last effort. Too many vine borers, too much space taken, no cellar to store them in.
Watermelon - water and space hog.