Believe it or not, my seed shopping for 2021 is done! I like to wrap things up before the end of the year because a lot of seed companies sell out of favorite varieties early. Below I’ll share what I’m planning for 2021 and how I came to these decisions.
Grow what you eat
We live on nearly three acres in semi-rural San Diego but I grow vegetables in about 200 square feet of raised beds. This gives me what I need to feed our family and also offer goodies to neighbors. Two-hundred square feet means I can’t grow everything that catches my eye, so I prioritize vegetables I like to eat.
Last year I grew 21 squash plants. No one growing for a family of four should grow that much, but I was happy to do it because I like to eat zucchini in many recipes (including zucchini brownies!) and I like delivering baskets of zucchini and summer squash to friends and neighbors. I also have winter squash still sitting in the pantry, storing nicely and ready to make into a yummy soup on a cool January night.
My plan for 2021
Here’s a list of what I’m planting for the 2021 warm season. The first is a list of seeds from San Diego Seed Company.
- * = trying for the first time
- Holy Basil*
- Purple Opal Basil (vigorous and beautiful)
- Glass Gem Corn*
- Candystripe Cosmos*
- Sungold Dwarf Sunflower*
- Muncher Cucumber
- Tendergreen Cucumber
- Narrow Leaf Milkweed*
- Crackerjack Mix Marigold (these were huge/beautiful)
- Kajari Melon
- Costoluto Geneovese Tomato (deeply ribbed heirloom)
- Lucid Gem Tomato*
- Marianna’s Peace Tomato*
- Wapsipinicon Peach Tomato
- * = trying for the first time
- Dragon Tonque Bush Beans (heirloom)
- Red Noodle Pole Beans*
- Vision MXR Corn*
- Unagi Cucumber*
- Orient Express Eggplant*
- Common Lemon Balm*
- Sweet Marjoram*
- Wild Marjoram*
- Honey Blonde Melon
- Cornito Rosso Pepper (winner of the Thanksgiving pepper taste test)
- Blaze Pumpkin*
- Jarrahdale Pumpkin (gorgeous blue-grey-green ribbed pumpkin–my favorite from 2020)
- Long Island Cheese Pumpkin*
- Musque de Provence Pumpkin*
- Britton Shiso*
- Butternut Butterbaby Squash*
- Red Kuri Squash (a favorite from 2020 that I grew over arches)
- Sunshine Kabocha Squash*
- Tetsukabuto Squash*
- Starburst Greenburst PMR Sunflower*
- Citrine Tomato (absolute favorite from 2020)
- San Marzano II Tomato (a high-quality hybrid version of the popular heirloom)
- Tidy Treats Tomato (great for containers and small spaces)
- Yellow Brandywine Tomato*
- 8 Ball Zucchini (cute round zucchini, grew well in 2020)
- Dunja Zucchini (super productive in 2020)
- One Ball Zucchini (similar to 8 Ball but yellow)
- Slick Pik Yellow Zucchini (another super producer)
From my own seed-savings and others’ saved seeds:
- Pole Beans (forgot the variety!)
- Purple Podded Pole Beans
- Scarlet Runner Beans
- Dahlia (I saved tubers)
- Nardello Sweet Pepper
- Sweet Potato Squash
- Medium Red Tomato
Planning for 2021
In case you were wondering, yes, I plan on expanding the garden a bit more to fit all of these squash. I know a lot of people do really awesome and precise garden planning. Here’s what I do:
- Grow a bunch of seedlings.
- Put the seedlings into individual pots.
- Arrange the pots (each of which is labeled) on top of the hot tub cover in rows according to type (cucumber, summer squash, tomato, winter squash, etc.).
- “Shop” my own selection of seedlings.
- Place the seedlings where I want to plant them in the garden. If I have more seedlings than space to grow, I have to make some choices.
- Plant the seedlings.
- Bring the extra seedlings to the crop swap so others can plant some too!
What are you excited about growing this year? I want to hear!