We’ve spent a humungous amount of time researching heirloom varieties to find those veggies that will grow well in our zone 7b location. A few good ol’ favorites we’ve grown in the past that we’ll be growing again this year are Rattlesnake pole beans, Roma II Flat Italian Beans, Pinkeye/Purple Hull Peas, Clemson Spineless Okra, Rutgers Tomatoes, Marketmore 76 Cucumbers (C. sativus), Sugar Snap Peas, Mammoth Dill, Crookneck Summer Squash (C. pepo), Purple Top/White Globe Turnips, Sweet Yellow Onions, Silverskin Garlic, and Buckwheat.
New varieties we’ll grow this year are Waltham Butternut Squash (C. moschata), Connecticut Field Pumpkin (C. pepo), Crimson Sweet Watermelon (C. vulgaris), Pinto Bush Beans, Southern Blackeye Pea, California Wonder Bell Pepper, Golden Bantam Sweet Corn, Brown Crowder Pea, Tommy Toe Tomato, Contender Bush Beans, Southern Georgia Collard Greens, Seventop Turnip Greens, Buttercrunch Lettuce, Copenhagen Market Cabbage, Crimson Giant Radish, and Evergreen White Bunching Onions.
We’ve arranged the plant varieties listed into four planting groups. Group 1 is the fallow group, however, each fall the fallow plot will have lime and compost turned into it. Group 2 is nightshades and French marigolds. Group 3 is cucurbits, alliums, dill, cabbage, corn, and buckwheat. Group 4 is beans & peas, radish, more brassicas, lettuce, and okra. Every group stays together as it rotates around the field from one plot to the other. I think it’ll work. 🙂