Vegetables Annuals Herbs & Seed
As we grow most of our perennials, trees and shrubs, we are pleased and proud to be able to offer you a variety of tomatoes, pepper and other vegetables grown by Dean's Greenhouse in Westlake, OH. They have been growing vegetables, annuals and plants for 90 years. Some of us use to work there many years ago and we are honored to be selling their quality vegetables and annuals. We have included many varieties that are excellent for containers or small gardens.
Vegetables will be for sale on May 9, 2014
Quantities are limited, so shop early!
New Varieties for 2014 are indicated with an *.
BEANS- Bush and pole beans are a good source of Vitamins A and K; the plants also help put nitrogen back into the soil. Beans are an excellent plant to use in your garden’s crop rotation. They are wonderful fresh, frozen, canned or dried.
- Blue Lake Bush: (55 days) Dark green round well flavored 6 inch pods with slow seed development. Vigorous plants producing heavily over a long period. Sets well under adverse weather conditions.
- Royalty Purple: (50-55 days) Tasty easy to grow unusual purple snap beans. Delicious raw in salads, adding a touch of color. Bushes have short runners and colorful purple flowers. Tolerates cool soil and partial shade. Pods turn green when cooked.
BROCCOLI- Broccoli is rich in Vitamins A and C, iron and antioxidants.
- Express- (75 days) Perfect for a later crop. Beautiful, uniform plants with 6-7 inch heads. Strong production of tasty side shoots. Easy harvesting with heads about the foliage.
- Packman- (55 days) An early maturing broccoli with a large center head that quickly develops harvestable side shoots soon after the central head is cut.
BRUSSEL SPROUTS- What can we say? You either love ‘em or you hate ‘em! They are one of our favorites for a late garden.
- Franklin: (80 days) Earliest maturing of all brussel sprouts. High quality, firm, uniform sprouts, Plants are quite tall and have less woody stalks so whole stem harvests are possible.
- Roodnerf: (100 days) One of the last open-pollinated varieties that still retain excellent eating quality and uniformity. Cold hardy. Medium to tall plants yield plump, green sprouts.
CABBAGE- Cabbages are an excellent source of Vitamin C. Wonderful cooked or raw in slaws.
- Chinese Cabbage “Tenderheart”: (65 days) This “napa type” cabbage packs loads of flavor into a miniature dense head. Early maturing and slow to bolt. Excellent choice for small gardens, containers, and those looking for a single serving size Chinese cabbage. Each crisp, crunchy head weighs in at approximately 2 pounds.
- Derby Day: (58 days) Grows very quickly in the chill of spring and holds up to 5 weeks without bolting if the weather is right. Early maturing round, blue-green heads weigh in at 3-5 pounds and 5-7 inches across. The dense interior is sweet and tender. Great in slaws!
CANTALOUPE- Melons are the sweetest of all fast growing fruit. For best results, grow in full sun and well-drained soil. We are offering a new varietiey of Honey dew for 2014!
- Honeydew Orangeflesh*: (98 days) Light green smooth skin and orange flesh. Very tasty!
- Minnesota Midget: (75 days) Plant produces good yields of small 1 ½ lb. melons. The melons are 4 - 6" across. It has a golden yellow flesh with high sugar content. The plant has small 3 ft. vines and produce up to 18 fruits per plant. These compact plants are ideal for small gardens or containers. It was developed in 1948 by the University of Minnesota to accommodate shorter growing seasons and cool regions. An excellent choice for Northern gardeners. Disease Resistant
CAULIFLOWER- Plant in full sun and keep watered. Delicious eaten raw or in stir-fries. Try cauliflower as a wonderful substitution for mashed potatoes!
- Orange Burst: (80-90 days) Delightfully different, great eye-appeal, delicious and extra-nutritious. High beta-carotene content. Orange color is retained when cooked so it looks as good as it tastes, especially in au gratin or simply steamed.
CUCUMBERS- Trialing/climbing types will crop heavier if allowed to climb. Slicing cucumbers have a mild flavor and tend to be thinner skinned than pickling varieties.
- Bush Crop*: (55 days) A deep green 6-8” long slicing variety. Excellent for small gardens as the runners and vines are short. Good producing variety on dwarf, bushy plants.
- Fanfare*: (63 days) 1994 AAS Winner. Plant produces heavy yields of 9” long cucumbers. Plant has 30” long vines, bush type. Disease resistant.
- Straight 8*: (63 days) AAS Winner! Plants produce high yields of 8” long dark green cucumbers. One of the best slicing cucumbers on the market.
EGGPLANT- A common ingredient in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.
- Black Bell II*: (68 days) F1 Hybrid. Plant produces good yields of large oval purple-black eggplants. This black eggplant is an excellent quality variety with a long shelf life. Perfect for home gardens. Plants grow to 30” tall and have great disease resistance.
- Patio Tasty Purple*: (66 days) A true miniature. Plant height is 30” max. Clusters of fruit are plentiful on each plant and the size 2 ½ to 3”. Flavor is never bitter. Perfect addition to your container vegetable offering.
- Patio Tasty Stripe*: (66 days) Compact upright bush grows to 14”. Slender mauve colored fruit with white stripes. Fruit measures 6”. Good in the garden and ornamental in containers.
GREENS- Br’er Rabbit and Bugs Bunny would be so jealous! Lettuces and other greens are cool temperature crops so you can enjoy these early in the season and again in the fall.
- Arugula Roquette: (40 days) Delicious salad green with a spicy, peppery flavor that is wonderful in salads. Very easy to grow. Try it sprinkled on pizza or put it in sandwiches. One of our most popular greens.
- Collards, Georgia: (60-65 days) Tender, blue-green leaves that will with stand a light frost. The mild cabbage-like flavor actually improves with a light frost. Avoid areas where any of the cabbage family members were grown the previous year. Reaches 2-3 feet at maturity.
- Five Star Lettuce Mix: (30 days) Wonderful variety of tender fresh leaf lettuces, including Green and Red Oakleaf, Red Romaine, and Green and Red Leaf Lettuce. Flavors are sweet and mild and make a colorful and flavorful salad.
- Kale, Nero di Toscana: (50 days) This eye-catching kale is also known as Black Palm, as it does resemble a palm tree. The very dark green leaves are 2-3 inches wide and 10 inches long, and have crumply appearance. Growing upright and open this kale is both great to eat and a striking ornamental. A cross between cabbage and kale, it is popular in Tuscany and central Italy where it is used in soups and stews.
- Mustard Greens, Golden Frills*: (21-45 days) A new look for your mustard greens! Individual leaves are deeply lobed and frilly inside with a finely cut and flatter edge. Vibrant green color. Adds loft and texture to salad mixes. The spiciest of mustard flavors. Very slow to bolt.
- Mustard Greens, Southern Giant*: (30 days) Large, upright plants with crumpled leaves that have a delicious mustard taste; slow to bolt and very easy to grow. An old heirloom from the Southern U.S.
- Spinach, Space: (40 days) A tried and true variety. Medium dark green leaves are upright and smooth to slightly savoyed. Very tasty and full of nutrition! Disease resistant.
- Candy Onion: (85 days) Harvest them small for a scallion type for your salad or keep them growing in your garden until fall harvest. Day-neutral, large, white sweet onion that is not affected by day length the way other onions are, and is the perfect solution if you wanted to raise big sweet onions but have trouble getting them to size up to bolt prematurely. Bulbs finish at up to 6 inches across.
SUMMER SQUASH- Fast-growing summer squash bears big crops even in small spaces. Harvest when 4-8 inches long and skin is still shiny. Steam, bake, stuff, or use raw in salads.
- Black Beauty Zucchini: (50 days) Classic dark green summer zucchini squash that is delicious baked or fried. Best picked young.
- Sunburst Patty Pan Squash: (50 days) Tender, glossy yellow fruits may be harvested at just 2-3 inch size. Compact plants produce heavy yields.
SWISS CHARD- Great crop throughout the year. Tolerates hot weather better than spinach for tasty greens all season. Use in flower beds for color as well.
- Bright Lights: (60 days) Contains some of the most intense colors of chard that we have ever seen. 21-26 inch plants produce eye-appealing stalk colors of deep gold, snow white, deep red and magenta, all with shiny medium green colored leaves. Stalks are broad, very tender and fleshy even at full maturity. The leaves and stalks make a delicious and nutritious green when lightly steamed or used in stir-fries. Great raw in salads as well.
WATERMELON- Summer’s best thirst quencher! Watermelons are nature’s perfect dessert! 90-95% water, sweet but low in calories, no cholesterol and full of cancer fighting antioxidants..
- Sugar Baby: (80 days) The standard for ice box watermelons. Six foot vines set 4-6 melons averaging 10 inches across. Terrific for home gardens with wonderful sweet , mouth-watering rich flavor.
WINTER SQUASH- Easy to store and nutritious. Harvest when skins cannot be pierced with a fingernail.
- Early Butternut Hybrid*: (85 days) Earlier to mature than older butternut varieties, with a sweet, nutty flavor. The fine-textured tan fruits arise on compact vines. This fruit stores superbly.
Tomatoes and Peppers
Listed by Type: Beefsteak/Slicers, Cherry/Grape, Colors, Heirloom, Paste/Canning, (Many varieties will fit into more than one category)
New Varieties for 2014 are indicated with an *.
Determinate: “Bush” varieties that reach a certain height and then stop growing, with most fruit borne over a 4-6 week period. These plants can grow without support or with short stakes or cages. Perfect for patio, container or small gardens.
Indeterminate: Pole or stake varieties that continue to grow and flower throughout the season, but have less mature fruits at any one time. Often will continue to grow until frost, with harvest lasting several months. These plants require tall stakes, cages or trellises.
BEEFSTEAKS/SLICERS- varieties listed
1. Beefsteak: (80 days; Indeterminate) These large, flattened, solid, meaty, juicy and brilliantly red fruits are slightly ribbed and weigh up to 2 lbs. An excellent slicer, with a rich, sub-acid flavor.
2. Summer Girl Hybrid*: (49-52 days; Indeterminate) Fruit ripens up to 5 days earlier than standard varieties, two weeks earlier than tomatoes of equal size. Wonderful flavor, great yield. Exceptional disease resistance.
CHERRY, SALADETTE, AND GRAPE VARIETIES
- Baby Boomer Hybrid*: (50-55 days; Determinate) Perfect for the patio! Very prolific! Bumper crop of 300 sweet cherry tomatoes yielding right up until frost. Growing Tip: Plants call for caging.
- Super Sweet 100: (65 days; Indeterminate; VF) Produces long strands of 100 or more super sweet cherry tomatoes. Extra-high in Vitamin C. Plants bear fruits throughout the summer. Requires staking or caging.
COLORS: BLACKS, YELLOWS, PURPLES, -
1. Apricot Dream*: (75 days; Indeterminate) Produces a 20-30 fruit per truss giving you a mass of very sweet, candy-like fruit in a delightful apricot/orange color. The plant has a controlled habit making it a very useable choice for a patio container or small garden.
2. Black Plum: (80 days; Indeterminate) A very prolific Russian strain, whose brownish-gray fruits are so sweet and meaty that some prefer Black Plum to Roma for making sauces. Also excellent when used in salads or for drying. Oval fruits average 2-4 oz. and turn a deep mahogany-brown color at maturity. One of our best yielders for both fresh market and home use.
3. Garden Peach: (75 days; Indeterminate) This unique heirloom looks very much like a small peach- it even has slightly fuzzy skin! Small, 2 oz. light yellow fruits have a delicate, distinctive flavor that's light, clean, and a little bit fruir-like. Prolific producer with juicy fruits with excellent keeping quality.
4. Golden Cherokee*: (80 days; Indeterminate)Medium size, lemon-yellow beefsteak. It may not be the prettiest tomato on the block, but it has the deliciously rich and complex, smoky flavor that we have come to expect from the Cherokee line of tomatoes.
5. Paul Robeson Black*: (74 days; Indeterminate) A favorite heirloom from Russia that is a black beefsteak tomato with slightly flattened, round, 4 “ fruit. Very flavorful with luscious, earthy exotic flavors and a good acid/sweet balance.
- Big Raspberry*: (75 days; Indeterminate) Plant produces high yields of tasty 6-10 oz pink-red scalloped fruit. Meaty and sweet with great flavor! Tomatoes cover the plant like raspberries on the bust. Excellent for salads and sandwiches.
PASTE, CANNING, AND SALSA TOMATOES-
1. Monster Italian Paste*: (N/A days; Indeterminate) Firm and meaty 6” pointed fruits are perfect for sauces and canning. A “monster” size in a Roma tomato.
2. Viva Italia: (72 days; Determinate; VFFNASt) The very first of all hybrid paste types with more disease resistance. Very adaptable, with classic blocky pear shape. High yielder.
- Flavorburst Yellow Bell: (72 days) Beats out all others in taste tests! Crisp, juicy and sweet. Giant blocky yellow bells start out granny apple green and finish in a lovely shade of goldenrod. Yields all summer long..
- Golden Giant Marconi: (72 days) Heirloom from Italy. Plant produces good yields of 6”long x 2 ½ “wide sweet peppers. Fruit turns from green to gold when mature.
- Sweet Paprika Alma*: (80 days) “Alma” is one of the best paprika-type peppers for drying and grinding. Can also be eaten fresh from the garden. Plants are loaded with round, thick-walled sweet peppers that have just a hint of warmth. Harvest red for drying purposes.
- Tasty Red Bell: (70-80 days) Sweet large blocky pepper maturing from green to red on 2-3 foot plants. Excellent for fresh use in salsas and salads, as well as stuffing and pickling.
- Tequila Sunrise: (70-80 days) Unusual, carrot-shaped fruits ripen from green to golden-orange with crunchy flesh and a sweet sharp flavor. Peppers are 4-5 inches long, and plants grow to about 15 inches and are very prolific.
SEMI-HOT AND HOT PEPPERS-
1. Pepperoncini: (75 days) MILDLY HOT Plant produces high yields of 5 ½ inch long X ¾” wide hot peppers. Peppers turn from yellowish-green to red when mature. Plant has green stems, green leaves and white flowers. Excellent pepper for pickling. A variety from Milan, Italy.
2. Spanish Spice: (63-68 days) SPICY TASTE RATHER THAN HEAT Flavorful and aromatic when grilled or fried. A European import looks like a green chili pepper but has a pleasing spicy taste. Extra early fruits average 7” in length and are sensational when cooked or raw. Very thin walls allow peppers to cook quickly. Heavy yielder.
We have Livingston Seeds available again for 2014 season!
Organic Gourmet Lettuce, Organic Bloomsdale Spinach
Harvest Jack Pumpkin and Jack O'Lantern. 11 types of Sunflowers and 5 types of perennials
Don't forget to Plant an extra row of vegetables and donate them to Harvest for the Hungry.
Climbing spinach seeds available.