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Spring Garden Seeds

Postby Whitebear » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:33 am

What variety of green bean are y'all having the best luck with? I'm ordering now for the spring. When I was a kid in TN, my dad grew Half Runners and they were great. Anyone tried them here? How did they do?
http://parkseed.com/bean-mountaineer-white-half-runner/p/05016/

Any veggy types that are good here, be it bean, fleshy veggies, roots, berries r whatever. I'm done with experimenting, ready to just go ahead and try what is proven here.
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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby rick » Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:35 am

We like "Contender" bush beans Scotty. We planted them in beds this year (6" x 8" spacing) and got'em running out of our ears right now.

A few others we like...

  • Better Boy (indeterminate) & Celebrity (determinate) tomatoes (both are hybrids...we're still testing for a favorite open pollinated variety to save seed from)
  • Zipper Cream field peas (we call'em Osteen Zippers now that we're planting our own seed stock)
  • Clemson Spineless okra (we're planting our own okra seeds these days too...Osteen Spineless :) )
  • Florida Broadleaf mustard
  • Georgia Southern collards
  • Beauregard sweet potato
  • Purple Top White Globe turnip
  • Cherry Belle radish
  • Jubilee watermelon (it'll be Osteen Jubilees next year :) )


Also have a new favorite mail order seed supplier: http://www.willhiteseed.com/

Seems like we don't have much for local seed suppliers around here any more.

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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby Whitebear » Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:05 am

Thanks Rick. I think I have come to the conclusion that Home Depot Seeds are mostly junk. With the exception I had good luck with their "Garden Beans" Bush bean. Their radishes did good but were erratic and heck in size.

I'm going to get my tiller fixed and start working my soil over the winter, by spring I should be ready to plant.

Do you sprout in cups then put out sets or do you sprout right in the garden? The Beans I mentioned took off right in the garden but most things I sprouted on the porch in cups failed in the garden.
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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby rollwithit » Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:11 am

So what kind of beans did you order?
I'm a little late but Roma do very well.

BTW I grew half runners a few years ago they are great but small beans pods takes a lot of picking.

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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby Whitebear » Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:00 pm

This year I got Bean Contenders for Green Beans and King of The Garden Big Lima beans. Both from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I have cut back tremendously and just cant do the garden stuff much any more. Just a few plants here and there.

Hers the link to their veggy seeds: http://www.rareseeds.com/store/vegetables/
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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby doublet » Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:19 pm

beef steak tomatos , heirlooms produce a lot , and their decent size tomatos

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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby skinnypockets » Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:39 pm

Go to the grocery store and buy a small bag of black eye peas, stick 'um in the ground and get out of the way. They produce well and fix nitrogen in your soil at the same time. Also taste great. :thumbleft:
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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby ccamp » Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:50 pm

Whitebear wrote:Thanks Rick. I think I have come to the conclusion that Home Depot Seeds are mostly junk. With the exception I had good luck with their "Garden Beans" Bush bean. Their radishes did good but were erratic and heck in size.

I'm going to get my tiller fixed and start working my soil over the winter, by spring I should be ready to plant.

Do you sprout in cups then put out sets or do you sprout right in the garden? The Beans I mentioned took off right in the garden but most things I sprouted on the porch in cups failed in the garden.


Try one of your local feed stores they are much cheaper for seed that will germinate and produce much better.

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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby Whitebear » Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:54 pm

Feed stores "generally" do not have Heirloom Seed.

I haven't had even a single bean failure with Baker Creek.
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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby doublet » Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:41 pm

I have about 10 different varieties of heirloom tomatos growing right just tryin to see which produces the best

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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby dougeey » Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:41 pm

Rattle snake green beans.

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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby Olf Art » Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:12 pm

doublet wrote:I have about 10 different varieties of heirloom tomatos growing right just tryin to see which produces the best

I'll be lookin forward to hearing about those tomatoes ...... the ones we get in the produce stands anymore are terrible.
Hard as apples and no flavor at all.
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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby rick » Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:37 pm

skinnypockets wrote:Go to the grocery store and buy a small bag of black eye peas, stick 'um in the ground and get out of the way. They produce well and fix nitrogen in your soil at the same time. Also taste great. :thumbleft:
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I've read that works well and looking forward to trying it this year.

We have collards that we've been snipping all winter and just set out some subarctic plenty tomatoes as my experiment this year. Will also add some different varieties of tomatoes, turnips, radishes, onions first chance I get...then when it really warms up, field peas,okra, & sweet potatoes will dominate our garden.

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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby Whitebear » Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:49 pm

While were talkin garden produce. Don't forget your Yellow crooked neck Squash. Then go find Rick's recipe right here in Redneck Cuisine for pickled squash. You will NOT be disappointed !

Plant 20 times more than you want to initially. On them hot summer days when you reach in the cooler for the jar of them you will be singing Rick's praises. I kid you not !

That is if they last the week out even LOL !
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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby rick » Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:56 pm

Dudley actually gets credit for the squash recipe. I just posted it for him: http://www.southernairboat.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=32486

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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby deepsea diver » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:35 pm

Try Blue Lake. And Roma bush bean.

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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby Whitebear » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:30 pm

DUDLEY FOR PRESIDENT ! ! !
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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby Olf Art » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:50 pm

Bear, Studley is SA's resident 'go to' guy ...... if it can be grown, cooked, brewed, welded, or romanced he's the man to see. :)
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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby pirate » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:27 am

I'll be lookin forward to hearing about those tomatoes ...... the ones we get in the produce stands anymore are terrible.
Hard as apples and no flavor at all.


Ken go to tomatogrowers.com on the internet. They have many different types of tomato seeds as well as pepper seeds. They're located here in Florida.
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Re: Spring Garden Seeds

Postby Olf Art » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:21 am

I'll do it. Thanks, Pirate!
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