Deenie and Brad Reflect on this Summer's Vegetable Garden

Co-owners Deenie and Brad Owen reviewed the success of the vegetables they grew this summer and we encourage you to do the same!

Last week co-owners Deenie and Brad Owen ranked the tomatoes they grew in their garden this summer. They reviewed the success of each plant from 0-5 (success being a measure of what grew well and is still alive). They also took the time to share with us what varieties of tomatoes, squash, and other veggies they loved, which were disappointing, and which they'll grow again.

We encourage you to do the same (be sure to write your thoughts down so you can refer to your notes when you go to plant next year)!

Here's what Deenie and Brad found:



  • They grew 2 of this variety

  • Success = 2 and 4, on a scale of 0 - 5 (0 = dead, 5 = best)

  • These were the healthiest plants. They will always grow this variety.

Cherokee Purple

  • 3 plants

  • Success = 1, 2, and 4

  • These had their favorite flavor and less splitting and disease issues that in previous years. They will always grow one or two of this variety because they love the flavor, even if they're not the best growers.

Sun Gold

  • 2 plants

  • Success = 3 and 4

  • These tomatoes had great flavor, were another favorite and something they'll always grow.

Yellow Brandywine

  • 2 plants

  • Success = 2 and 2

  • Not very productive.

Better Boy

  • 5 plants

  • Success = 2, 3, 3, 5, 5

  • Good flavor, long lived, and a variety they will grow every year.

Red Brandywine

  • 2 plants

  • Success = 2 and 4

  • Average flavor.

Carolina Gold

  • 2 plants

  • success = 0 and 1

  • Good flavor, both plants are now dying.

Mountain Fresh

  • 2 plants

  • Success = 2 and 3

  • Average Flavor.

Gold Nugget

  • 1 plant

  • Success = 0

  • Short lived, split when ripe.


  • Scallop Early White Bush Squash - the best producing squash as usual.

  • Dark Green Zucchini - Lasted longer than usual this summer (likely because we had a dryer early summer).

  • Yellow Crookneck - These typically outlast the zucchini but didn't this year.

  • Butternut Waltham Squash - Their second favorite fall squash. A lot of these plants died for some reason and didn't produce much.

  • Kabocha Squash - Favorite fall squash, was not very productive per usual. They've struggled to get good production from this variety for the last 3-4 years and aren't sure why. Because it's their favorite they'll continue to try.

Other Veggies

  • Swiss Chard - Per usual, this has done the best of any green because it tolerates the heat and isn't as pest prone.

  • Touchstone Gold Beets - Amazing! They did really well, flavor can't be beaten. The only problem is they can't eat them fast enough!

  • The jury is still out on peppers and eggplants as they are late-producers. As of right now they're having some issues with sun scald and peppers dropping off before they're ripe.

What varieties did you grow this year? What plants would you consider a success? What were your favorites? What had the best yield? What would you do the same or differently next year?