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