An exhaustive list of anything and everything edible growing in my garden!
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6b
Sunset Climate Zone 1A
This is an up-to-date list that will change by season, and sometimes several times a season.
In October 2017, I moved from Coastal Southern California (USDA Zone 10b, Sunset Climate Zone 24) to Central Oregon, going from a year-round gardening climate to one whose growing season might extend to 90 days, if I’m lucky!
I left behind a quarter-acre farmlette in Los Angeles, where I gardened for seven years, and am currently growing in a small-space container garden on the second-story deck of our rental house. Meanwhile, my husband and I are enjoying settling into our new town and embarking on the build of our family’s first home.
It’s been a wildly interesting and exciting journey as I navigate gardening in a new climate, learn new ways of protecting my plants against frost, and fend off new breeds of adorable-sounding garden pests (like fawns and yellow-bellied marmots).
I like “ugly” vegetables and vegetables 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. I save my favorites in old ammo boxes stashed in the closet.
Most of my seeds come from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, but there are many other growers doing wonderful work in seed saving. I always advocate for supporting your local small seed company or seed library whenever possible. Here’s a post I wrote on why I love heirloom seeds, and these are my favorite seed catalogs.
Bean, Bush (Dragon’s Tongue)
Bean, Bush (Purple Teepee)
Bean, Bush (Red Burgundy)
Carrot (Black Nebula)
Carrot (Little Finger)
Carrot (Pusa Rudhira Red)
Chard (Kaleidoscope Blend)
Cucumber (Beit Alpha)
Cucumber (Mexican Sour Gherkin)
Gailan (Green Leaf)
Lettuce (Amish Deer Tongue)
Lettuce (Bronze Beauty)
Lettuce (Crisp Mint)
Lettuce (Mignonette Bronze)
Mizuna (605 Summer)
Mizuna (Beni Houshi)
Mustard, Asian (Komatsuma)
Mustard, Asian (Purple Hon Tsai Tai)
Pepper, Hot (Shishito)
Pepper, Sweet (Red Beauty)
Pepper, Sweet (Sweet Banana)
Pepper, Sweet (Sweet Heat)
Pepper, Sweet (Yellow Valencia)
Spinach (Bloomsdale Long Standing)
Squash, Summer (Costata Romanesco)
Squash, Summer (Desi)
Squash, Summer (Gelber Englischer Custard)
Tomato (Moby Grape)
Tomato (Mortgage Lifter)
Tomato (Oregon Spring)
Tomato (Yellow Pear)