Author Archives: ThePlantLady

About ThePlantLady is a library of gardening information compiled from many resources, including written texts, online databases, current research, and first-hand experience from farmers and gardeners. It includes growing requirements specific to each plant, as well as varietal information. My background in microbiology and chemistry allows me to tap into the scientific research being done today and digest it for the use of the home gardener or small farmer.

Desiree Potato

Territorial Seed Co: Desiree Potato

Details Solanum tuberosum Type: early Shape: round Color: skin: rosy-red flesh: golden Germination: Maturity: 70-90 days Size: ? Harvest Length: Yield: “reliable producer” Taste:  waxy “excellent full-bodied flavor” “great for all-round kitchen use Disease Resistance or Environmental Tolerance: “resistant to common potato diseases” Notes: GV labelled this variety as a maincrop, but TSC has it as […]

Eva Purple Ball Tomato

Bountiful Gardens - Eva Purple Ball Tomato

Details Solanum lycopersicum Open-pollinated heirloom Type: Indeterminate Shape: round Color: rosy pink-red Germination: 6-14 days Maturity: 69-80 days Size: 5-7 oz fruits Harvest Length: 17+ weeks Yield:  Beginner: 100 lbs/sq ft Advanced: 418 lbs/sq ft Taste: “wonderful all-purpose tomato with excellent flavor” Disease Resistance or Environmental Tolerance: unusually high disease resistance for an heirloom some […]

Homestead 24 Tomato

Bountiful Gardens - Homestead 24

Details Solanum lycopersicum Open-Pollinated Type: Determinate Shape: round, slightly flattened Color: red Germination: 6-14 Maturity: 69-80 Size: 8-oz Harvest Length: 17+ weeks  Yield: Beginner: 100 lbs/sq ft Advanced: 418 lbs/sq ft “big, leafy vines produce lots” Taste: “very good flavor” Disease Resistance or Environmental Tolerance:  tolerates & sets fruit in high temperatures resists cracking resists […]

How to Grow Chard

Easy to grow & drought tolerant Botanical Information Taxonomy Beta vulgaris History Physical Description taprooted Varieties & Cultivars Categories or Types of Chard Colors Available Red yellow pink purple white orange Varieties to Grow Growth Requirements Climate & Temperature Requirements Air Temperature Soil Temperature Humidity Day Length or Light Requirements Site Conditions Favored Soil Requirements […]

Sugar Snap Pea

Details Open-Pollinated: ? Type: snap pea Color: green Maturity: 50-70 days Size: pods: 2-3″ long, 1/2″ across tall vines Yield: yields well in both hot and cold weather long picking period Taste: sweet & crunchy good for freezing and canning Disease Resistance or Environmental Tolerance: does well in both hot & cold weather Notes: Sources: […]

Mammoth Melting Pea

Details Open-Pollinated: ? Type: snap pea pods used like snow pea pods Shape: thick, stringless, flat Color: green pods enclose creamy-white peas Maturity: 62-75 days (early) Size: 4-5″ pods 4-5′ plant Yield: high-yielding Taste: excellent in stir-fries, steamed, freezing, or eating fresh Disease Resistance or Environmental Tolerance: wilt resistant Notes: white blossoms can also be […]

Pentland Brig Kale

Details Open-Pollinated Type: curled edged leaves Shape: ? Color: ? Maturity: 8-9 weeks (50-60 days) Size: 2′ plants Yield: 76-153 lbs per 100 sq ft Taste: “delicate, sweeter and more succulent” “tender and succulent leaves” Disease Resistance or Environmental Tolerance: very winter hardy tolerates hot weather more than most kale Notes: produces excellent kale raab […]

Portuguese Kale (Tronchuda Cabbage)

Details Brassica oleracea acephala Open-pollinated heirloom  Type: ? Shape: ? Color: ? Maturity: 50-60 Size: ? Yield: ? Taste: “very juicy, sweet, and tender” “succulent texture is outstanding in soups and pastas” “a necessary ingredient in Portuguese kale and sausage soup” Disease Resistance or Environmental Tolerance: tolerates winter cold stands heat better than other kales […]

How to Grow Kale

Since this is one of the few greens that I actually like when cooked, I decided to try growing it this year. Botanical Information Taxonomy Brassica oleracea acephala History until the Middle Ages, kale was one of the most common green vegetables eaten in Europe wikipedia considered to be the most primitive members of the […]