What Varieties of Vegetables to Plant

Q. What vegetable varieties are best to grow in Southern California?

A. That is a big order when you ask for favorite veggies but here are a few that we love growing here in Southern California. Since I do all of the Trials here at Community Gardens, I find a lot of gems that become mainstays here.

Tomatoes:
Big Beef is our main crop.
First Lady is a great tasting early tomato
Enchantment also wonderful flavor. It is a salad sauce tomato. Egg shaped
Orange Russian
Akers
Striped Marvel
First Born
Big Ugly Red

Cucumbers:
Burpless Tasty Green (my favorite)
Sweeter Yet—wonderful flavor

Squash
Already wrote about them in another post

Eggplant
Neon—-great taste and beautiful color
Plant gets at least 3 to 4 feet tall

Corn
I don’t grow it because of the corn ear worm

Lettuce
Nevada
Green Ice
Bronze Mignonette
Thai Green

Broccoli
Small Miracle(gives long period of side shoots)
Packman

Cauliflower
Wentworth(self wrap)

Cabbage
Savoy Express
Copenhagen
Regal Red
Kilosa (savoy)

Beets
Chioggia

Carrots
Sweet Sunshine

Artichokes
Violetta

Swiss Chard
Lucullus

That is it. These are my personal favorites.

Joanne

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