Garden Plants 2014

Source Key: MDC Missouri Department of Conservation  BC Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds 888 Chinese grocery GS Grocery store SR Seed rack PS Planters Seeds © Seeds collected


Diospyros virginiana


Another 25 seedlings in mid April from the conservation department. I was still tired from the elderberries plus we got several weeks of rainy weather. There are three along the east of the north acre, inside of the Elderberry and one in the SW terrace corner . There are also 4 that were potted. All appear to be thriving, without deer damage. MDC


Sambucas Canadensis


We got 25 seedlings in mid April from the conservation department. I was able to get all of these in, with 24 along the east fence line of the north acre and one in the NW corner of the terrace. As of 8/14 they are all surviving with some deer damage to the ones along the fence line and the one on the terrace growing as ground cover MDC


Asimina triloba


Again, 25 seedlings in mid April from the conservation department. There are 6 along the south fence of the north acre and 4 in the SE corner of the terrace. One on the fence line never leafed out, the others appear to fine. We'll see how they do, they have previously been deer winter favorites.  MDC


Origanum majorana


This plant has been in the ground several years, surviving winters and a very weedy growing bed. This year, I cleared the shade around it, and we got a bottle of dried herb from it.


Rosmarinus officinalis


We have previously been able to overwinter a rosemary in this location. But last year, we cut back the plant too late in the year, and it died over the winter. We bought this planted potted, new this year. I took some for freezing in early July, and we will try to overwinter the plant. PS


Mentha piperita 'Chocolate'


There is chocolate mint in the south mound, and spearmint ( Mentha spicata) in the north terrace. Both have been in several years. Hopefully, I will get some harvested and some mint jelly made this year.


Allium sativum


We have always had wild garlic in the yard. This year some of the garlic in the drainage ditch on the west grew bulbs of edible size, because of the ample rain and loose soil. I collected quite a few bulbs and will try planting them in prepared soil next year.



Allium cepa


We have several plants from root tips from store bought green onions. One of these has developed a bulb this year after growing for a year (or more). This is one more that I need to try to grow in prepared soil.


We also have a few remaining egyptian walking onions (Allium proliferum) that we received from Victor as a housewarming present. These are not very tasty except when extremly young.


Allium cepa var. aggregatum


The remainder of a bag of shallots that we got at the 888 market were beginning to sprout so I planted them in the south part of the terrace. They were accidentally clipped in an August weeding/bed prep. They have done well, greatly increasing in bulb number, with many reaching edible size 888


Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis


This has been growing and spreading for years, starting to take over the herb garden part of the terrace.


Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon


Oregon Sugar Pod II variety. 10 plants produced 5 servings of peas. I need to put in a couple of rows of these. They can be planted as soon as soil can be worked and will tolerate some frost, so plant in March. BC ©


Raphanus sativus var. daikon


These were started inside in mid April and moved outside in May. By late June they were all seed and no root. A huge number of seeds were collected. Next year, besides a better bed, I need to plant in mid-August for a fall crop rather than hoping for a cool spring. SR ©


Raphanus sativus var. german giant


German Giant variety. These were started inside in mid April and moved outside in May. By late June they were all seed and no root. I am trying a staggered fall planting to see if that works better. My reading also indicates they should be sown in place, not transplanted and evenly watered. BC ©


Daucus carota subsp. sativus


I planted some carrot tops for seed in the terracing. There was some deer/rabbit damage early, but they have otherwise grown well. We will see how the seeds do next year. GS 888 ©


Armoracia rusticana


The root I bought did not come up at all. I need to try again. I have read that the root in groceries will do. SR


Beta vulgaris var. formanova


Cylindra or formanova variety. These heirlooms from denmark are long and cylindrical. Planted in mid may they were ready in late July. Easy to grow, but 3 rows may have been too much. BC


Daucus carota subsp. sativus


Little finger variety. I planted two rows of these in the raised bed. BC


Abelmoschus esculentus


Clemson Spineless variety. I had earlier tried a Baker Creek Jing Orange, but they did not come up. I have 10 of the Clemson, until September only one plant was producing—slowly. Starting just before Labor Day, they have taken off! SR ©


Cucurbita pepo


Long Pie variety. I planted two hills of this New England heirloom supposedly superior for pies. They look like 20 pound zucchinis while growing and turn orange when ripe. I have collected seed, but as it was growing next to the acorn squash they may not be true. BC ©


Cucurbita pepo


Acorn variety. I planted two hills of these also from a squash we ate. I have collected seed, but as it was growing next to the Long Pie Pumpkin they may not be true.GS ©


Cucumis sativus


The star of the garden this year. The two hills started producing fruits at the beginning of July and produced 5-6 cucumbers a week until the beginning of September. SR ©

Castor Bean

Ricinus communis


Two came up this year side by side. A very dramatic accent to the entryway, but as of September, still had not bloomed. SR