What to Plant

Crop Selection
Select crops that are easy to grow, for example:

  • Collards
  • Red Russian kale
  • Parsnips
    These will feed you all winter and are easier than carrots. Plant in late may, harvest in winter. Better after a frost.
  • Leeks
    Plant instead of onions. They’ll feed you all winter. Slightly more nutritious when started from seeds in Mat in nursery bed. Transplant in early July and by October/November they get big. If direct seeded, sow in late May, early June.
  • Potatoes
    Can eat in winter.
  • Jerusalem artichokes
    Ready in winter.

Changing It Up!

  • Practice crop rotation. Don’t plant plants of same family year after year
    i.e. cabbage (brassicaceae) because roots build up in soil and deforms roots.
  • Especially alternate the brassicas and the onion families. Alternate heavy feeding plants (tomatoes, squash, cabbage) with light feeding plants.
  • Tomatoes, called narcissistic plants, like to grow in the same place every year. Using early variety tomatoes is a good idea (i.e. stuppis, vining tomatoes).
  • Think, “when is plant finished producing, what to start next?

More Tips

Favourite Tomatoes
Here is a list of some great tomatoes from our garden friend Colin who lives in Kelowna:

  • Costoluto Genovese is a beautiful, reased tomato that is a “must have”.
  • Sicilian Saucer is alos a tremendous tomato that produces huge globes of red beauties.
  • Alacante is a small but tasty tomato.
  • Red Calabash is very early, small, tart, productive and magnificent.
  • Hill Billy (or Flame) is a bi-colour that impresses people who like big, sweet tomatoes.
  • Black Krim is also sweet and gets great reviews from sweet tomato eaters.
  • Tiny Tims always find a place in my garden and on my table. Small plants, tons of tomatoes that are very tasty.
  • Giant Belgium tomatoes are large, pink/red, a very good producer.

All of these except Tiny Tim are indeterminates. They require staking and a stringent pruning routine. Most of these tomatoes should be available from Salt Spring Seeds.

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