Vegetable Varieties for Early Spring Gardens

Home Grown  by Keith Reed
It seems hard to believe, but it will be planting time for early cool season crops in just a few weeks. OSU has several helpful Fact Sheets that can provide important information on timing and variety selection for our area. See #HLA-6004 Oklahoma Garden Planning Guide (PDF/Mobile) for timing information and other planting tips. #HLA-6032 Vegetable Varieties for the Home Garden in Oklahoma (PDF/Mobile) is a very good resource for choosing varieties that have proven themselves in Oklahoma variety trials through the years. Hard copies of both of these are available in the Payne County Extension Office.

In addition to these resources, the Payne County Master Gardeners have also compiled a nice listing of vegetables that have proven worthy of consideration, grown successfully either by the Master Gardeners themselves, or local gardeners with decades of experience. While a few of these will be duplicates to what you can find on #HLA-6032, many will not appear on the list as OSU simply does not have the resources to conduct variety trials on every vegetable available.

Here are a few examples for February/March planting. For a complete listing, see the Tuesday Gardening Series resource:
Vegetable Varieties for Payne County, February 2017.

Cabbage: Dutch Flat and Dutch Round
Cauliflower: Snow Crown
Kale: Blue Curled Scotch, Red Russian, and Lacinato
Lettuce: Black Seeded Simpson, Tristar Leaf Lettuce Blend, Lolla Rossa, Starfighter, Grand Rapids, and Salad Bowl just to name a few.
Onion: Granex series, Texas 1015Y, Candy
Potato: Red La Soda, Red Pontiac, Kennebec, Red Norland, Yukon Gold and Purple Majesty.

This variety information is just a sampling of the subjects available at the Payne County Master Gardener’s
Tuesday Gardening Series. This series of free public educational sessions begins its 2018 season on February 13th at 6PM at The Botanic Garden at OSU.

For more information on this or any other horticultural topic, you can contact Keith Reed, the Horticulturist in the Payne County Extension office. Keith can be reached via email at, phone at 405-747-8320, or in person at the Payne County Extension office, located at 315 W. 6th in Stillwater.

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