To see a list of what was growing in the garden this year check here.
Most things did just fine considering the wonky growing season we've had but a few really stood out from germination to harvest.
|Pacific Pearl onions|
Royal Burgundy Bush beans were another standout, while they aren't particularly suited to canning, these beans far outproduced Fortex and Speedy. They are still cranking out beans, and despite the slug damage to them they have survived and produced remarkably.
|Royal burgundy beans w/ zucchini, peas, and other beans|
|Parel cabbage, Sugarsnax 54 carrots, lettuce|
|2011 Cinderella pumpkins|
Amazing cauliflower. While I liked the color of Graffiti, Amazing really was amazing. As a Spring crop it actually maintained a tight head, and while the heads I picked seemed small I was very happy with the overall growth, production, and flavor of this self-blanching variety.
|Center: Amazing cauliflower|
My kale and lettuce were both mixed seeds, but lettuce was fantastic and i'd definitely recommend either the mix I bought or the individual varieties. Slo-Bolt, Red Sails, Valmaine, Salad Bowl, and Buttercrunch. The kale was a good grower as well, and delicious! But the lettuce mix outdid it by a long shot.
|Kale, chard and onion|
Bright Lights Swiss Chard did well in the garden also, as did Black Beauty zucchini, though I don't recall the slugs eating up my zucchini as much last year.
|Oregon Spring tomato|
|Bowl of Chocolate Cherry tomatoes.|
Nearly everything else has not been particularly impressive this year.
So my faves from the 2012 season? Pacific Pearl Onions, Royal Burgundy bush beans, Sugarsnax 54 carrots, the lettuces, Cascadia and Oregon Sugar Pod II peas, Oregon Spring tomato, and Chocolate Cherry tomato.
Anyone else have some recommendations of winners from their 2012 gardens?