Gardening in South West Missouri


I will be sharing my gardening ideas and things I have learned over the years while attempting to grow heirloom plants in my garden and save the seeds for the next year’s garden. 

Garden Ideas for the 2018 garden

It’s now the planing time of the 2018 garden. I like to try new and fun things each year along with my standard garden plants. This year I will plant fennel. It’s been five years or more since I have grown fennel. I have some heirloom seed already on hand.


I’m also planing on growing baby lima pole beans, along with my favorite heirloom pole beans called Fortex. If you look these up, you will find that they are stringless even when mature, they will grow to 11 to 12 inches long and still be tender when harvested. As you can see in the picture below I plant them on cow pannel bent over into a hoop with the bottoms ends about six feet apart so the high point is about seven feet high, so you can walk through and it makes it easy to pick the beans in the shade of the plant.


The 2018 garden will also have many other plants.

  •  Tomatoes – Rutgers, Red & yellow cherry, Golden Jubilee, Cherokee Purple & Cherokee Green tomatoes are my standard types  that I grow each year.
  •  Peppers – Bell peppers, lunch box peppers “Red, yellow and green”
  •  Squash – Zucchini Green, Yellow Straight neck, Butternut,
  •  Okra – Red Burgundy, and Perkins Long Pod.
  • Eggplant – Long Purple, and Black Beauty.
  • Onions –  Green Bunching
  • Punkin – Pie Punkin
  • Cantaloupe – Rocky Ford
  • Watermelon – Sugar Baby
  • Cucumber– Boston Pickling, Straight Eight.
  • Cabbage – Red and Green Cabbage
  • Leeks – Large American Flagg Leeks
  • Asparagus – Mary Washington asparagus ( I have 2 beds that are 6 years old)
  • Sweet Corn – Early Golden Bantam sweet corn.

I also plant many types of flowers around the garden each year and we have Bee Baum, cone flowers, HollyHocks that come back each year. Keeping the bees and the birds coming to garden helps with the pollination of the plants, plus the birds help with the pest, plus we like all the colors it adds to the garden.


The picture above is one of the asparagus beds late in 2017 after we stopped harvesting in late May early June to let the plants grow a better root system for next year’s crop.