ORIGINAL, COLORFUL VEGETABLES - WHAT YOU CAN GROW (VARIETY NAMES AND DESCRIPTIONS)
Rainbow colored vegetables collection
Strangely colored vegetables - what are they? Fashion? Maybe. But they are not taken out for decorative purposes, they are not flowers. The fact is that in terms of the content of substances useful for the body (and very useful), unusual-looking fruits are much ahead of their "traditional" peers.
For a long time I am going to tell you my rosy story, but we are all busy people ... You open the room, and there ... Oh, this is my conceived letter! No, it was one of my colleagues who surrounded himself with a mosaic of colored vegetables and shared his joy before me. And it becomes pleasant that there are more and more people who are not afraid to experiment with the harvest palette!
This story began many years ago. Surplus vegetables, so as not to throw away, I sold for a penny in the market whenever possible. When they stopped taking good young potatoes even at 5 rubles per kilo, a woman standing next to her said that she, having invested all her money and efforts in potatoes, would not sell them at such a price, since transportation alone is more expensive. And I thought about colored potatoes.
I bought seeds of Blue Salad, Bora Valley, Mountain Burgundy Red, Wild Potato and Multicolor hybrid online.
Впервые planted seeds in a snailthat I really liked.
Seed germination varied greatly. The hybrid was the most active, fresh seeds also sprouted well, and those that were "older" gave
few shoots at first. She sowed seeds in early March, planted them in the ground in the third decade of May, when the threat of return frosts became minimal and it was possible to protect oneself from them with additional shelter. The sprouts were from 2 to 10 cm. She covered the plantings with spunbond. At first they were weak, I often opened them, checked their condition and watered them as needed from a spoon. I have never cared for any plant like that before!
The rest of the earth was poured into a “quiet” place in a thin layer, covered and watered over the shelter. Quite a lot of seeds have sprung up and I have received from them acceptable planting "peas" by autumn.
By August, strong, powerful bushes had grown from the largest seedlings, and in September I received a full harvest of large potatoes. Weaker bushes gave planting "peas". Several years of "natural selection" have left brown-red and white-blue potatoes alive. In 2018, due to unfavorable natural conditions, the yield of ordinary potatoes was small, saving the harvest of colored ones. For several months I fed the seven colored purees and soup. I really liked the taste and color of the lilac puree! But my husband was intimidated by the colorful potato dishes. It's a pity, but on this issue we have not found mutual understanding.
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I bought yellow marmalade and Purple carrot seeds on the Internet. In our magazine I read about Chupa-Chups carrots, but on my favorite site, from the early round carrots, only the Earliest variety was found.
I plant the seeds of these carrots in a greenhouse along the edge of the ridges as soon as the ground melts. At this time, I plant seeds of radish and cold-resistant plants for seedlings on the greenhouse beds themselves. I water and cover with agrotextile until the onset of stable heat. In mid-June, the first carrots are ready.
It is grown just for joy! But, besides the delight of the first June carrot, it tastes great and is suitable for any dish. Yellow and purple carrots provide a full summer / fall harvest. Yellow grows large, purple medium in size, remaining in the ground The earliest produces balls the size of an apple. The taste is ordinary, all varieties are well stored.
I got hooked on Brussels sprouts Pomegranate bracelet and broccoli Batavia F1. There are no secrets in growing these species: I choose early varieties, I grow the seedlings of all cabbage together (I sow in a greenhouse under agrotextile, as soon as the earth thaws). I plant all species in the ground side by side in a sunny place, sparsely: 50-70 cm between plants. All that remains is the usual care and waiting.
I pick broccoli, cauliflower and large heads of Brussels sprouts as they ripen. The rest grow until the duration of the frost does not exceed a couple of hours.
Brussels sprouts amused me this year. After a short frost, I went out to harvest. The cabbage dropped its leaves and turned into lush merchants, as can be seen in the photo. I began to collect heads of cabbage and saw a lot of spider beetles hiding in the crown of cabbage merchants from the cold. First, she broke off the heads of cabbage so as not to disturb the poor insects, then she began to uproot the plants, and later she began to pull out the plants, cut off the cabbage with a knife and carefully lay them down so that the insects remained sheltered from the weather.
As a student, I tried frozen store-bought Brussels sprouts - at that time I didn't really like its taste. I blanch and fry my cabbage. She turned out to be very tender, the repulsive taste is not felt. Green and red Brussels sprouts differ only in color, I did not notice differences in yield and taste. Homemade broccoli turned out to be tender and tasty too. Now I plan to grow broccoli instead of cauliflower, since I am already full of the first, and it takes longer to collect the Brussels sprouts, although, if there is time to collect heads, it is definitely worth growing.
I have been accustomed to the fact that it necessarily grows in the garden, since childhood. Mom grew peas for fresh consumption, dad tried to eat young tender peas along with the pods. We ate part of the harvest fresh directly from the garden, the rest of the mother collected for seeds. She poured them with water in a jar - in one or two nights the peas swelled and partially sprouted. Mom planted the germinated seeds as soon as it was possible to dig up and burrow the thawed bed (she prepared the seeds at the appropriate time).
The emerging seedlings were weeded, huddled up the beds and propped up. Above the rows, props with a height of 1,5-1,7 m were placed crosswise, waiting for the harvest.
For some time now I have added to the "tall" peas varieties of low, bush, one even leafless (Afila). Growing and harvesting is more convenient, but less is harvested from the same area.
Interesting Russian size - really large peas. Added the Purple King, he is very smart - green foliage and purple pods. Once I was late with the collection, and in a rainy August in the area of the pea ridge, a lot of self-seeding appeared. It was such a pity for the frozen pea babies in September!
We eat peas boiled with salt and sugar, and I canning the excess in the same brine: I boil it for 5 minutes. (salt and sugar to taste, taste after cooking). I put it in clean jars, leaving 1 cm to the top, and pasteurize for 40 minutes, and the next day - 20, then I roll it up. I store it in a cool place, since this culture in the workpiece is capricious.
When buying colored potato seeds in the online store, I was also offered colored tomato seeds. In the excitement I picked up tomato seeds of different colors, sizes and shapes. But the summer turned out to be unfavorable, and I was left without a crop, having relied on new varieties. I planted only six bushes for the old, tested ones: the greenhouse is not dimensionless. But I experimented ...
Now for the varieties. The first to sow balcony tomatoes: Coin, Yellow and Red pearls. In the first year, she planted seedlings in a greenhouse. Strong unbranched trunks up to 60 cm tall (such as the Palka variety) with plump curly leaves were grown, but I did not wait for flowers or fruits, which I left a negative review in the store.
I never throw out unnecessary seeds, but attach them somewhere, including outside the site. Well, I feel sorry for them, for the joy they grew ... Therefore, the next year I sowed all the remains in the greenhouse, and planted the seedlings in the open ground in the remaining free space, not really caring about their comfort. And she got a bed of strong, low-growing bushes, strewn first with flowers, and then with tomatoes. There were so many fruits that it became cramped for them, they were compacted between the branches. The ripe ones were picked, and the rest I collected at the end of August. They were not sick with late blight.
Before the frost (by the beginning of October), she harvested a second crop, although not as plentiful. The tomatoes ripened successfully, they were beautiful, tasty, we ate them until December.
The first to ripen were the fruits of the Golden Fleece variety: a lot of bright, fleshy, tasty elongated cream. The black bunch is a tall, productive, unpretentious variety. Cherry tomatoes exposed to the sun have a blacker skin. The harvest is not bad, tasty and good. Kuro Suji is also a tall, fruitful cherry tree with a red-green stripe. It tastes sour. Black pear is a tall variety. The yield is average, the fruits are medium-sized dark brown "pears" with thin skin. The pulp is also dark, fleshy. Unusually delicious! I dragged them all around and ate them fresh.
The following varieties did not produce much fruit. Radiant gem - fruits are oblong-oval, with yellow-red stripes. Heart of Gold - large enough, fleshy, tasty. The peach seemed harsh and tasteless. The green domes turned out to be strong bushes, absolutely immune to late blight. But I also did not wait for the harvest from them.
Several years ago I received the Emerald Apple tomato seeds. I planted its seedlings along with the rest of the varieties and safely forgot. I was very puzzled by several plants, strewn with large, by all indications long-filled fruits, which by no means ripened! Gradually, the fruits that were not ripe on the bushes, I picked and ripened in boxes. I look, all the fruits are actively turning red, and some, soft, fragrant, almost transparent already, but not red. And one day I saw the light! These large, but not red, marsh-colored Emerald Apples were quite ripe - fleshy, juicy and delicious!
Here you could only experiment with white. The bear in the North gave the very first cucumbers, and then simply filled up with "greens", if you can call them that. Of the many varieties, Mishka is the most abundant. The next year I bought the seeds of the White Serpent. I love Chinese cucumbers very much, but I am not good at green varieties. The snake, though not the earliest, was unpretentious and fruitful: before the frost it bore fruit abundantly.
She grew dark green zucchini varieties Breakfast oilman, Pharaoh and yellow ones - Zolotinka, Firebird, Orange. All plants are unpretentious, fruitful, tasty. The orange is also round, which is also interesting. The variety is claimed to be suitable for fresh consumption, but of course it is a regular squash. And the Firebird in the cold summer gave out a mass of 10-15 cm "pencils". The characteristics of the variety indicate that the fruits do not outgrow. I blame the failure on the weather and will try to grow it again.
I planted the varieties Snegurochka, Purple baby and Anfisa. Everyone pleased with the harvest. For several years now, I have been consistently successful with the purple baby. Plants are sparsely leafy, but every week they are hung with pods - know have time to collect.
Anfisa is a grain variety. Although beautiful, but amicably fertile and retired. Well, this is a feature of grain beans: you have harvested and have a rest, you do not need to dance around them all summer. We gladly used her grains in our dishes. Anfisa gave barely noticeable stains on the light pods of some plants of other varieties - she pollinated them.
Only varieties with white grain (Plombir, White Cloud) and the usual Early Gourmet and Khutoryanka have grown. The Motley Black Pearl and Popcorn did not have time to fill - it was a painfully cold summer, although in other years the corn gave a good harvest. I grow seedlings in a greenhouse, at the end of the frost, I plant them in open ground not very rarely (about 30 × 30 cm) to better pollinate. For the same purpose, during flowering on windless days, I tap on the plants.
The main thing is to locate areas with grain and vegetable corn far away so that they do not get dusty, otherwise you will get cobs with soft and hard grains during full ripening.
The cobs of vegetable corn can sit for a long time and the grain does not get tough. And in grain and over-pollinated hybrids, the grain after a short storage becomes unsuitable for conservation. By the way, do not forget to pasteurize the jars twice (like peas) when canning, this is also a capricious culture in the preparation.
Planted Sugar Raisins, Pineapple and Plum Jams. I liked the raisin very much, although its seedlings are "long-thinking". But after planting in the ground, it turned out that these plants are absolutely unpretentious! Low-growing, not requiring props, spreading branches above the ground, until the very frost, they grow without any diseases. I only picked the ripe ones once a week (with a yellow dried shell, I liked the fallen ones more) and immediately ate them. There was no wax coating on them.
Pineapple turned out to be, apparently, a miscellaneous: the shell is thin, harsh, inside the seeds are without juice. The plum jam was powerful, but did not ripen in the cold season. Raisin, by the way, only a few were born in a cold year.
I would like to point out that my results are not binding on the indicated varieties. Such a crop was obtained precisely on my soil of the steep eastern slope of the Ural Mountains in two not very favorable seasons, because I have been growing only corn and potatoes for several years. Perhaps they will give you excellent results. By the way, colored potatoes for a year of online sales at a price of 60 rubles. only one person bought for a kilo, but there were a couple of calls. I sell it, because I played enough, and I have already received a huge charge of excitement, interest and joy from it.
In general, I was pleased with my rainbow harvest! And the words of some narrow-minded and spiteful gossips (fortunately, there are none in my environment) that colored carrots are grown only for food are nothing more than ordinary black envy towards us, creative, intelligent gardeners who enjoy life. These words will not overshadow our great creative life-affirming joy. We simply ignore such nonsense and continue to grow our successful rainbow crops with pleasure.
I wish everyone health, vigor and creative success at your beloved dacha!
MULTICOLORED VEGETABLES - BENEFITS AND HARMS, ADVICE AND FEEDBACK
VEGETABLES OF UNUSUAL COLOR: MYTHS AND TRUTH
You can often hear arguments that vegetables of a non-standard color are dangerous or, conversely, good for health. Some believe that orange cauliflower is GMO, and it is not known how it will affect health. Others believe that purple potatoes can protect against cancer. So who is right? They asked the candidate of agricultural sciences Anton DESCHEVA to tell.
The color of plants depends on the pigments they accumulate during their growth. Chlorophyll gives the green color and its shades to the plant, yellow and orange - carotenoids, purple, blue and red colors - this is the merit of anthocyanins.
Vegetables with uncharacteristic colors are most often the product of selection, not genetic engineering. In many countries, including Russia and Belarus, it is forbidden to import and grow seeds of genetically modified plants. Therefore, the seeds that you buy in stores are obtained by traditional breeding methods.
As for the color, for example, purple tomatoes, potatoes, carrots are rather a tribute to the fashion for everything unusual. At the same time, the anthocyanins contained in them really remove free radicals from the body and slow down the aging process. They also reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. However, much more anthocyanins are found in the same chokeberry and blueberries.
No less useful is chlorophyll, which is an antioxidant and a source of magnesium.
Lycopene is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. Effectively protects blood vessels from "bad" cholesterol and protects "good" cholesterol from destruction. It has a positive effect on the organs of vision and is useful for older people. The sources of lycopene available to us are tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit, sea buckthorn, rose hips.
Carotene protects the skin, hair and nails from the negative effects of the environment and helps with eye diseases. A lot of carotene in sweet peppers, pumpkins, carrots, persimmons, apricots.
© Author: Lyubov Vladimirovna Besedina, Chelyabinsk region.
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