The Greenhouse At Morgan Lane Blog


Peppers, Squash, Tomatoes, and more
June 18, 2010, 4:24 pm
Filed under: Peppers - MILD to HOT, Produce, Squash, Tomatoes, Vegetable Plants

Hello,

John had his first tomato sandwich of the season last night.  Michael had picked the first really red tomato from the garden yesterday. 

It was a German Johnson.  This is a variety that we added to our growing list for the first time.  If you look at the list, you’ll see that we say at the end: some other varieties possibly added.  We are always tinkering with our growing list.  Adding something new, or a customer request.

German Johnson is an Amish heritage old-timer. Portions of my family were “Pennsylvania Dutch” and early in our marriage we lived not far from the “Pennsylvania Dutch” region of PA.  German Johnson is a large, pinkish-red beefsteak type tomato that can be over a pound in weight. It is thought to be one of the parents of the old hybrid “Mortgage Lifter” which we also grow.

We are beginning to harvest off our early crop.  We also have gotten some Black cherry tomatoes and some Sungolds, Caitrin and Scooter’s favorite. And we are still tucking plants in the ground here and there.  It is not too late to still put a few plants in the ground or in containers.

We have found a community garden to donate some vegetable and herb plants to.  But we still have some tomato plants available, if you know of a community garden that could use some.  Tell them to give us a call.

The squash are starting to produce baby to giant veggies.  All are organically raised.  I’ll attempt to get my “famous” Zucchini bread recipe on the blog today.  I have been making it for years and it is always a FAVORITE!  Very moist. Great with cream cheese for breakfast, lunch or “tea”.

We also have white scalloped “flying saucer” bush squash available.  They are very good either cut in wedges and steamed like zucchini, or stuffed and baked.  I make an onion, tomato, mushroom and herb stuffing.

Last, but not least, we are harvesting peppers.  I’ve been pleased with our Purple Jalapenos.  I used to like a really HOT pepper. But as I have gotten older, my taste buds have changed.  So far the Purple Jalapenos have been tasty, but not with too much of a kick.  We grow pepper plants with peppers that are from mild to SUPER-HOT in taste though.  There are several compact ornamental varieties that look great in containers or among the flower beds.  Plus the peppers are edible too!



Many types of organically raised squash

Hello,

The produce is starting to be available here at the farm.

We have yellow crookneck and straight neck; Raven and Delicata Zucchini; and white scalloped bush squash available.

They are all organically – raised.

We are beginning to have some peppers ready too.  From MILD to HOT.  We also have Pepper plants available. For rows or containers or specimen plants.

Today, we had a customer come for good old-fashioned spearmint.

We also had a customer come to buy some Rhubarb plants that we found for him.  They were raised here in TN, so they are accustomed to our climate.  I’ve been told that the problem with growing Rhubarb here in SoEast TN is that it does not cold enough for the plants over the Winter.

We’ve had mixed results with our planting/transplanting.  I’ve tried bringing plants down from WAY UP NORTH; from several states north of us; and from the immediate area.  Some make it…some do not.  Some only live a few years.  We’ve also had several years of drought.  So, I am not sure that one can blame the number of consecutive days of freezing in the Winter,or not.

Back to the squash.  I’ll post my “famous” zucchini bread recipe.