The Garden

What I'm growing in my garden

An exhaustive list of anything and everything edible growing in my garden!

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 10b
Sunset Climate Zone 24

This is an up-to-date list that will change by season, and sometimes several times a season. My vegetables rotate among 18 or so raised beds, ranging in size from 2×4 to 4×8, and my herbs are scattered throughout several small beds and pots. Most of my kitchen garden is grown on approximately 4,500 square feet of terraced garden plots, and another 3,500 square feet of my yard is dedicated to fruit trees and shrubs, plumerias, flowers, beneficial plants, a cactus garden, a multi-bin composting area, and my tiki coop. It’s all slightly chaotic but feels very peaceful at the same time.

I like veggies in unconventional colors. If it comes in purple, especially, I have to grow it! I like odd-looking things with warts, scars and cracks — what I see as beautiful features but others may find as flaws. I seek out rare seeds, exotic varieties from other countries, and plants you’ve probably never heard of — and neither did I, until I started growing them.

All of my vegetables, and most of my flowers and herbs, are grown from seed. Always non-GMO, heirloom if possible, and organic if available. I save my favorites in old ammo boxes stashed in the closet.

A majority of my seeds come from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, but there are many other suppliers doing wonderful work in seed saving. I always advocate for supporting your local small seed house or seed library whenever possible. Here’s a post I wrote on why I love heirloom seeds.

Vegetables
Artichoke (Purple of Romagna)
Beet (Chioggia)
Beet (Cylindra)
Bok Choy (Prize Choy)
Brussels Sprouts (Long Island Improved)
Cabbage (Tete Noir)
Cabbage, Chinese (Bekana)
Carrot (Atomic Red)
Carrot (Black Spanish)
Celery (Giant Red Re-Selection)
Chard (Five-Color Silverbeet)
Chard (MacGregor’s Favorite)
Collard (Champion)
Kale (Red Ursa)
Kale (Russian Frills)
Kale (Scarlet)
Lettuce (Bronze Beauty)
Lettuce (Farmers’ Market Mix)
Lettuce (Forellenschluss)
Mizuna
Mizuna (Red Streaked)
Pea (Blue-Podded Blauwschokkers)
Pea (Little Snowpea White)
Pepper, Hot (Fish)
Pepper, Hot (Red Mushroom)
Pepper, Hot (Serrano Tampequino)
Pepper, Hot (Tam Jalapeño)
Radish, Daikon (Bora King)
Radish, Spring (Opolanka)
Radish, Spring (Pink Beauty)
Radish, Spring (White Hailstone)
Radish, Winter (Chinese Green Luobo)
Radish, Winter (Chinese Red Meat)
Scallion (Parade)
Sculpit
Spinach (Verdil)
Tatsoi
Turnip (Hinona Kabu)
Turnip (Round Red)

Fruits
Apple
Avocado
Banana
Blueberry (Misty)
Blueberry (Peach Sorbet)
Blueberry (Pink Lemonade)
Blueberry (Sunshine Blue)
Feijoa
Fig
Grape (Autumn Royal)
Grape (Fantasy)
Grape (Thompson Seedless)
Grapefruit (Marsh White)
Kumquat
Lemon (Eureka)
Lime (Australian Finger)
Lime (Bearss)
Lime (Kaffir)
Orange (Mandarin)
Orange (Moro Blood)
Orange (Valencia)
Pineapple
Pomegranate
Raspberry (Raspberry Shortcake)
Strawberry (Sequoia)
Strawberry (Tristan)
Strawberry (Yellow Wonder)

Herbs
Anise Hyssop
Basil (African Blue)
Basil (Genovese)
Bloody Dock
Chives (Garlic)
Chives (Onion)
Cilantro
Lavender (English)
Lavender (French)
Lemon Verbena
Lemongrass
Lime Balm
Marjoram (Sweet)
Mint (Applemint)
Mint (Chocolate)
Mint (Orange)
Mint (Spearmint)
Mint (Strawberry)
Mitsuba
Oregano (Greek)
Parsley (Giant of Italy)
Parsley (Moss Curled)
Rosemary (Huntington Carpet)
Rosemary (Tuscan Blue)
Sage (Berggarten)
Sage (Purple)
Salad Burnet
Savory (Winter)
Tarragon (French)
Thyme (Lemon)
Tía Tô (Vietnamese perilla)
Wild Zaatar

Sprouts
Broccoli Brassica Blend
Arugula

Edible Flowers
Borage
Calendula
Nasturtium

Chicken Salad Bar
(This is a forage “pasture” grown in a raised bed next to my tiki coop, exclusively for my chickens to eat)

Dandelion
Nasturtium
Wood sorrel

December 21 2010      Leave a comment     Linda Ly