The summer garden’s winners and losers

The veggie garden is fading a little sooner than I was hoping this year, thanks in large part to a prolonged period of humid and rainy weather that caused prolific mildew and rot on the squash plants and some of the tomato plants. Then mother nature reversed course abruptly and brought hot and dry weather that caused some of the watermelons to split open before they could mature. But it’s just as well…we’ve had so much produce coming in, between our own garden and what my father-in-law gives us from his (much, much larger) garden, that we’ve had to can, freeze, and dehydrate like preppers bracing for the end times!

So, with the summer crop drawing to a close, this seems to be a good time to rate and review the varieties I planted this year.


  • Big Boy
    Superb flavor, good size fruits on healthy, vigorous vines; unfortunately, some of the fruits succumbed to rot and fungi during a spell of high humidity

  • Yellow Pear
    Rating: StarStarStar
    The flavor and productivity lived up to the hype! My plants were loaded with juicy, very sweet tomatoes; unfortunately, it seems this variety is prone to wilt and blight


  • Dark Star zucchini
    Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
    The best zucchini variety I’ve tried thus far! Compact plants were very tolerant of heat and dry conditions; yield was heavy and continued for a longer period of time than most other varieties; excellent flavor!


  • Perkins Long Pod
    Didn’t much care for this particular variety; the plants never showed much vigor and were slow to set pods; lackluster flavor and texture


  • Arkansas Little Leaf
    Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
    My new favorite cuke! Planting just one vine gave us more cukes than we could handle, and we ended up pickling quite a few. The plants are extremely resistant to disease and pests (at least from my observation), without a trace of bitterness in spite of dry conditions at times. Very crisp and juicy with a superior flavor to most others I’ve tried.
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