Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Monday, March 22, 2010

What are Your Favourite Varieties?

I saw a 'top ten veggies' survey in a gardening magazine last week. A panel of gardeners were asked for their most favourite varieties of veggies. There were clearly some favourites. So Matron is asking you - What are your favourite varieties of Tomato, Potato, Courgette, Squash, Pumpkin, Bean and Brassica>
Mine are;
Tomato - Sungold
Potato - Epicure
Courgette - Defender
Squash - Delicata
Pumpkin - Rouge vif D'etamps
Bean - Blauhilde
Brassica - Early PSB Rudolph
Just one name will do fine! We will see from the comments which ones come on top.


At 9:17 AM, Anonymous RAchael said...

Can't really say for sure until I've tried them all - and I'm a long way from that! But last year I particularly enjoyed the Sungold toms (although a bit splitty) and Blue Ballet squash.

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Jo said...

I'm not keen on Sungold as it seems to be too squishy. I would have to say Tomato - Gardener's Delight and Tigerella as I always seem to return to these even though I try different varieties. I've only had my allotment for a year so I haven't tried many varieties, but going on last year Potatoes - Jersey Royal, though I haven't grown them. I've got some International Kidney to try this year though. I've only grown courgette once and they were Black Forest. They were very nice but I'm trying different varieties this year. I haven't grown squash before but I'm trying a few varieties this year. I never got to eat the pumpkins that we grew last year as they were carved for Halloween instead. I grew three varieties of bean last year and my favourite was Safari, which is a dwarf French bean. I'm definitely growing that again this year, but trying others as well. My brassicas were rubbish last year as the slugs had a great meal of them so I can't really comment on those. Sorry for the long reply.

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Vegetable Heaven said...

Green Zebra is the tom I would always grow.
Lady Christle for a spud.
Bird's Egg (heritage) for a shelling bean and Cherokee Trail of Tears for a fresh one.
That do for now?

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Mr. H. said...

This is a tough question considering all of the great veggies out there, but I will give it a shot.:

Tomato - Bloody Butcher
Potato - Purple Viking
Courgette - Black Beauty
Squash - Gold Nugget
Pumpkin - Sugar Pie
Bean - Fava
Brassica - Umpqua

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At 3:08 PM, Blogger mrspao said...

Family favourites for tomatoes are Gardener's Delight and Moneymaker but tried Roma last year for pasta sauce and was rather yummy.

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

My favourites so far and this can change as I try new things;

Tomato - Purple Russian- the Eeyore of the tomato world. Survives almost any weather but looks miserable even in ideal conditions and has crazy purplish fruit with great flavour.

Potato - Walda- pretty and early.

Zucchini - Costata Romanesco - nice flowers and not too many tasty fruit.

Squash- Buttercup

Don't have room for pumpkins

Bean - blue lake pole - but I plant 6 kinds of beans because I can't decide which one I like best!

Brassica - any type of kale because it is the first and last thing I can harvest in the garden.

I live half way up a mountain in British Columbia, Canada.

At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Damo said...

Not sure as only my 3rd year. Cucumber Carmen F1 (Dobies) is a banker in the greenhouse though, couldn't believe how many I got off two plants, saved us a fortune.

At 12:53 AM, Blogger miss m said...

Haven't been growing long enough to recommend any favourites but I'm glad to see Gardener's Delight is popular with two of your readers. I'm growing it this year. Look forward to it ! :)

At 3:57 AM, Blogger Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

My favorite tomatoes are Sungold, Beef varieties and Krim.

At 10:52 AM, Anonymous ninasgardeningnotebook said...

I haven't been growing for very long but so far favorites have been:
Toms-Gardeners Delight
Beans-Blauhilde (long purple beans grew well and were delicious)
Kale-Nero di Toscana(so easy to grow and so rewarding)

At 1:28 PM, Blogger bloggorazzi said...

Pots King Edward
Toms Black Seaman
Squash Mother Hubbard
Pumpkin Vif d'Etampes
Runner Scarlet Emperor
Peas Alderman
Radish Munchen Bier
Cabbage January King

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Roberto0151 said...

My favourite tomato is Gardeners Delight - is has a little more acidity than Sungold, which I find a little bland.

Bean ( french climbing): Isabel

At 12:55 PM, Blogger tina said...

This is easy, I love the yellow boys and romas. Hmmm, how about Better Boy and Beefsteak. Can I choose more than one?

I wasn't sure if you'd see my response but bloodroot is called that because the root is a small tuber like thing that is used to paint. It is blood red and quite neat. Thanks for asking.

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Nome said...

I don't really feel I have enough experience to pick all of those, but I just wanted to put in a good word for Kestrel potatoes, which grow really well for me without any problems, taste delicious and are very versatile; and Delinel french beans (bush type) which are SO easy to grow and yummy!

At 9:46 AM, Blogger maggie said...

i love parsnip tender and true....we bought it cos we liked the name, and have grown them for the last three years. absolutely delicious and seem to grow easily :o)


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