2011 Vegetable Preview

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Wondering what kinds of vegetable plants we are growing this year?  Well here you go! Tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, cucumbers all come in plants.  We also have many Kansas-friendly choices for direct-seeding.

All of the tomatoes and peppers come in 2 ½" single packs, but 6 packs are available in smaller quantities.  All other veggies and herbs come in singles only.

*Plants marked with an asterisk are on the KSU extension office list of recommended vegetables. Definitions for heirloom, determinate, and indeterminate are at the very bottom.


Sweet types include:

  • California Wonder Bell. Heirloom. 3" long by 2 ¾" wide. Good freezing pepper. A bell pepper standard.
  • *Keystone Resistant Giant Bell. 4 ½" long by 3 ½" fruit. Performs well even in adverse weather.
  • Emerald GiantBell. 4 ½" long by 3 ½" fruit.  Does well in the South. Bears over a long season.
  • *Sweet Bananas. All-America Selections Winner. Yellow. Have no heat, but are shaped more like a hot pepper. Performs well in Kansas.

Hot peppers (listed from hottest to mildest):

  • *Habanero
  • Cayenne
  • *Serrano
  • *Jalapeno
  • *Anaheim
  • Fooled You Jalapeno (jalapeno flavor without the heat)


Plum/Roma Type:

  • *Roma. Meaty, good for sauces. Disease resistant. Low acid.  Determinate. 2 oz.

Cherry and Grape Type:

  • Large Red Cherry. Heirloom. 1½"-2” fruit.
  • *Supersweet 100s.  If you are looking for the sweetest tomato, this is it. 1” fruit. Indeterminate.
  • Yellow Pear. Heirloom. Low acid. Heavy clusters of 1½" yellow fruit. Indeterminate.

Early Producers:

  • Fourth of July. Our father's favorite. Guaranteed to have tomatoes by the 4thof July. Indeterminate. 4 oz.
  • Early Girl. Not as early as the Fourth of July, but still a good two weeks before other mid-sized varieties.  Indeterminate. 4-5 oz.

Standard Slicers:

  • *Celebrity. All American Selections Winner. Determinate/Semi-determinate. 8 oz. Disease tolerant/resistant.
  • *Jet Star. 6-8 oz. Low acid. Indeterminate.
  • Lemon Boy. As you can imagine by its name, it’s yellow, inside and out. Excellent flavor, heavy producer. Low acid. Indeterminate. 7 oz.
  • Heatwave. Produces even in the most intense summer heat (as hot as 95°F). Compact plants are extremely disease resistant. Determinate. 6-7 oz.

Large Slicers (from biggest to just big):

  • Burpee’s Supersteak. Original giant; heirloom flavor. Indeterminate. 32oz.
  • Big Rainbow. Heirloom. Yellow streaked with scarlet. Indeterminate. 16+ oz.
  • Better Boy Hybrid.  All American Selections Winner. Indeterminate. 16 oz.
  • Brandywine Pink. Heirloom. Rich flavored. Low acid. One of the best flavored heirloom tomatoes. Indeterminate. 14 oz.
  • Brandy Boy Hybrid. Said to be like a ‘Brandywine’ heirloom tomato with larger yields and about 10 days earlier. 14 oz.
  • Big Boy Hybrid. Developed by Burpee in 1949. Indeterminate. 10-16 oz.
  • Big Beef Hybrid.  Super disease resistant. Indeterminate. 10-12 oz.


  • Black Krim. Heirloom. Very dark maroon beefsteak. Tangy and juicy. Indeterminate. 8 oz.

Other vegetables:

Bush Beans (seed only):

  • *Contender. 6" long green beans. This early producing variety is high in vitamin A, B, and C. Best if beans are picked when 5" long.
  • Top Crop. All-America Selections Winner! Produces heavy yields of very flavorful straight 5 ½" long green beans. Local farmer favorite.

Sweet Corn (seed only):

  • *Honey and Cream. Bicolor.
  • *Kandy Korn. Yellow.

Cucumber(plant and seed):

  • *Bush Pickle. Great Pickling cucumber. 5” fruit. Container friendly.
  • *Sweet Slice. Slicer. 10”-12”. Burpless.
  • *Spacemaster.  Dwarf plant.  (seed only). Perfect for containers.

Lettuce/Spinach (seed packets and a few salad bowls already growing):

  • *Black Seeded Simpson, loose leaf
  • *Paris Island Cos, romaine
  • *Buttercrunch, soft head
  • *Longstanding Bloomsdale, spinach
  • Mixed

Melon (plants and seed):

  • *Ambrosia, cantaloupe. 4 lbs. 6”-7” in diameter.
  • *Superstar, cantaloupe. Large, 6- to 8-lb. fruits have smooth, salmon-colored flesh.
  • *Crimson Sweet, watermelon; round, striped. 20- to 25-lb. melons Fine-grained flesh; small seeds
  • Black Diamond, watermelon. Averages 35-50 lbs., but can get much larger. Flavorful red flesh, bruise-resistant rinds. Local farmer favorite.

Summer Squash (plants and seed):

  • *Early Prolific Straight-neck yellow squash
  • *Black Beauty, zucchini

Wide variety of seeds for spring and summer planting
Special was taken to select varieties recommended for Kansas.

Planning on getting Okra plants in soon as well.


Should be ready to sell by May.

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Lavendar
  • Oregano
  • Italian Plain Leaf Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Spearmint
  • Sage
  • Thyme


Heirloom.  A old variety of vegetable which has been maintained either because it has appealing attributes like extra large size, unusual coloring, special connoisseur qualities, excellent flavor, or because of family sentimental reasons. These plants usually grow larger than hybrids, are less disease resistant, and a little lower producer.  But if you are looking for something a little different, and a LOT flavorful, give heirlooms a try.

Indeterminate varieties of tomatoes are also called "vining" tomatoes. They will grow and produce fruit until killed by frost and can reach heights of up to 10 feet although 6 feet is considered the norm. They will bloom, set new fruit and ripen fruit all at the same time throughout the growing season. They require substantial caging and/or staking for support and pruning and the removal of suckers is practiced by many but is not mandatory. The need for it and advisability of doing it varies from region to region. Experiment and see which works best for you. Because of the need for substantial support and the size of the plants, indeterminate varieties are not usually recommended as container plants

Determinate varieties of tomatoes, also called "bush" tomatoes, are varieties that are bred to grow to a compact height (approx. 4 feet). They stop growing when fruit sets on the terminal or top bud, ripen all their crop at or near the same time (usually over a 2 week period), and then die. They may require a limited amount of caging and/or staking for support, should NOT be pruned or "suckered" as it severely reduces the crop, and will perform relatively well in a container (minimum size of 5-6 gallon).

This is one of the best explanations I have found on determinate and indeterminate tomatoes. It came from http://faq.gardenweb.com.