Neighbours talking over the garden gate has long been a tradition. They share gardening tips, complain about the weather and pests yet are ever eager to discuss their gardens. That is what I had in mind when creating this blog. So stop by my garden gate to find out the latest happenings in my garden.

Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome
"All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child." ~ Madame Marie Curie"

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Growing Heirlooms

When it comes to gardening, the choice of what to grow is reduced to heirloom varieties or hybrids.  By far I prefer heirloom varieties because I can save the seeds that breed true.  Seed can be saved from hybrids and I do but quite often they do not breed true.  There are also asexual propagation restrictions on some hybrid varieties.

One commentator asked me back in the spring if I could list the heirloom varieties that I grow.   Here is my list and it does change from year to year as I try other heirloom varieties.  Those marked with an asterisk (*) are heirloom varieties I am planning on growing in 2011 in addition to the others listed.  I've likely missed a lot of heirlooms on our property especially the non-edible varieties.  In addition to this list I would consider the majority of the herbs I grow as heirloom varieties.
  • Marketmore 76 cucumber
  • lemon cucumber
  • Brandywine tomatoes
  • black Kim tomatoes*
  • mortgage lifer tomatoes
  • tiny Tim tomatoes
  • California Wonder bell peppers
  • sweet banana peppers 
  • habanero peppers
  • jalapeno peppers
  • cayenne peppers
  • Detroit dark red beets
  • Mary Washington asparagus
  • Bloomsdale long spinach
  • King of Denmark spinach
  • Laxton's progress peas
  • homesteader peas
  • little mavel peas
  • nasturitums
  • heavenly blue morning glory
  • Kentucky wonder pole beans
  • blue lake pole beans
  • asparagus yard long beans*
  • Hutterite beans*
  • baby oakleaf lettuce
  • Boston red lettuce
  • cimmaron romain lettuce
  • mesclun mix
  • Canada red rhubarb
  • heavenly blue morning glory

Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome


  1. Interesting list. :)

    Since you put Heavenly Blue Morning Glories twice, I think you should grow them again next year, too. ;)

    Happy Sunday to you!

  2. Oops, so I did - LOL. They really are pretty!

    Happy Sunday to you too :)


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