[Market-farming] High Yield crop recommendations
stonecirclefarm at tds.net
Mon Jan 4 13:28:35 EST 2010
Ditto on the Yukon Gold...not known as a high-yielder and there are plenty
of other good yellow potatoes. This past year I grew one called Satina.
Not bad. As for tomatoes, I was very impressed with the productivity of
Marianna (a paste/roma variety available from Johnny's). As for lettuce or
other greens, I'd ask the food kitchen what they think. As a more
perishable item, it might not be something they want to deal with and it may
also be more difficult for you to handle in terms of washing and cooling at
a community garden site. It also might be best to just concentrate on
growing as much as possible of the tomatoes and potatoes which seem like
ideal crops for your purposes. -John
On Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 12:12 PM, E C GRANATA <elainegranata at msn.com> wrote:
> John Paul: What a great project -- good luck.
> I've raised Yukon Golds for several years and the yield is lways low,
> though the potatoes are lovely. This year I did German Butterball and I got
> 33 pound from one pound of seed compared to 10 pounds of YG from one pound
> of seed.
> Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 12:59:01 -0500
> From: jpendicott at gmail.com
> To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] High Yield crop recommendations
> Hi all. Happy New Year! I am currently working on a plan to grow on a
> community garden plot for the coming year. 100% of the crops will go to a
> local food cupboard to feed the needy. I'm looking for recommendations for
> tomatoes, potatoes, and spinach/lettuce/greens:
> 1. What type of tomatoes produce the highest yield for you? I'm thinking
> of growing mostly plum tomatoes for saucing. I'd imagine sauce would go a
> long way at a food kitchen. I've grown 'Orange Bannana' and 'Speckled
> Roman' with great success. Does anyone have any other recommendations? I
> would want indeterminate varieties.
> 2. Potatoes- I'm thinking just a basic yukon gold and maybe one other
> variety. I haven't grown potatoes in a long time- any suggestions?
> 3. Greens- I'd like to grow head lettuce mainly. I won't be there
> everyday to harvest and I'd like to keep things as simple as possible.
> I'm just starting on this project so please excuse the lack of details.
> I'm hoping to get donated seed and supplies. This plot is located outside
> of Philadelphia in zone six on the grounds of Temple University.
> Thanks for any help or input!
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