Alphabetical List of Vegetables,
Recommended Varieties

This alphabetical list of vegetables links to photos and descriptions of vegetable varieties I’ve grown and can recommend.

For information on growing vegetables organically, see How to Grow Vegetables.

The pictures of vegetables below—and the pictures of vegetables on each variety page—come from my garden and balcony farm, although a few choice photos come from friends’ gardens at the Stanford Community Farm, where I have a plot.

All Photos © Steve Masley. Click on any photo to see a larger image and description.

Growing Tomatoes ‘Italian-Grandfather-style’:  Train the Plant to 1 or 2 Leaders and Spiral Them Up a Stake, Tying Every 8”.  Fruit Sets in Fat Clusters Along the Stake Cabbage Varieties—‘Caraflex’ Growing Eggplant ‘Farmer’s Long Purple’ in a Clay Pot

Choosing the right vegetable varieties can mean the difference between success and failure in your garden.

Vegetable varieties are selected—and bred—for superior yield, better flavor, “earliness”, and pest or disease resistance.

If you know a pest or disease is prevalent in your area, planting resistant varieties will give you a crop, where non-resistant varieties languish or fail.

Cucumber Varieties—‘Bush Slicer’ in a Terra Cotta Pot Golden Beets Cherry Tomato Varieties—‘Sungold’

If you’re growing vegetables in a short-summer, alpine, or cool-summer garden, you’ll have better luck growing “early” varieties that flower and set fruit sooner, and at lower temperatures, than mid-season and late varieties.

In long-summer areas, mixing early, mid-season, and late-season varieties spreads the harvest over the whole season, giving you a continuous supply of that vegetable.

Celery Varieties—‘Tango’ Cherry Tomato Varieties—‘Sungold’ 2 Growing Brussels Sprouts

Alphabetical List of Vegetables

Asian Greens
Beans, Shelling
Beans, Green
Green Beans
Hot Peppers
Squash, Summer
Squash, Winter
Swiss Chard

Many vegetables have “bush” and “vining” types. Bush varieties have been bred to be more compact, so they’re better for small space gardens and container vegetable gardening.

They need no staking or trellising, so they’re simpler to grow. They tend to produce earlier in the season, and stop producing sooner, than their vining cousins.

Vining varieties usually need staking and tying to support the plants, or trellises for them to climb on. They start producing later in the season, have higher yields, and often have better flavor than bush varieties.

‘Globe’ Artichoke from Page’s Garden Carrot Varieties—‘Romeo’, a Good Variety for Growing in Containers and Heavy or Rocky Soils Growing Lettuce—SaladScape of Skyphos and Santoro Lettuce
Tomato Varieties—‘Sweet Cluster’ Lettuce Varieties—‘Santoro’ Butterhead ‘Bonbon’ Buttercup Winter Squash
Lettuce Varieties—‘Blushed Butterhead’, Student Garden, Stanford University Green Bean Varieties—‘Spanish Musica’, a.k.a. ‘Spanish Miralda’—on a Redwood Trellis ‘Mini’ Cabbage Varieties—‘Gonzales’
‘Genovese’ Basil Zucchini Varieties—‘Raven’  Tomato Varieties ‘Big Beef’ Vine
Tomato Temple 1 Cabbage Varieties—‘Red Express’ ‘Genovese’ Basil 2
Nasturtiums Interplanted with Cabbage—Nasturtiums Act as a Trap Crop, Drawing Aphids Away from Cabbages Basil Varieties—‘Mexican Cinnamon’ SaladScape of Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed and ‘Continuity’ (Mervielles de Quatre Saison) Lettuce
Harvesting Garlic ‘Inchileum Red’ Pepper Varieties—‘European Red Bell’ Pumpkin Varieties—‘Sugar’
 Growing Lettuce in a Window Box—‘Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed’ Green Beans Growing in Balcony Farm Window Boxes  Cilantro Closup
‘Sugar’ Pumpkin and Young ‘Waltham Butternut’ Squash Growing Arugula in a Salad Tray Cauliflower Varieties—‘Snow Crown’
Lettuce Varieties—‘Green Leaf’, Student Garden, Stanford University Tomato Varieties—‘Big Beef’ Stack  Lettuce Varieties ‘Skyphos’ Closeup
 Growing Salads in a Window Box Harvesting Lettuce 'Georgia' Collards
Tomato Varieties ‘Sweet Cluster’ Stack Summer Squash Harvest Growing Tomatoes ‘Italian- Grandfather- Style’
Melon Varieties ‘Charentais’ Slices 'Ambition' Shallots Growing Carrots—‘Yaya’ and ‘Purple Dragon’
Pak Chois in a Window Box Growing Green Beans (‘Jade’) in a Window Box Salads Growing in Window Boxes
Growing Spinach in a Terra-Cotta Pot Carrot Varieties—‘Babette’, a “Mini” Variety Suitable for Growing in Containers and Heavy or Rocky Soil Buttercup Squash ‘Bonbon’ Harvest
Fennel Varieties—‘Fino’ Shitake Mushroom Harvest 1 Growing Spinach—‘Tyee’ 3
Basil Varieties—‘Lime’ Rosemary ‘Tuscan Blue’—Closeup of Flowers Shitake Flush on a Blue Oak Log
Spinach Varieties—‘Regiment’ ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’ (a.k.a. ‘Continuity’) and ‘Santoro’ Lettuce in a SaladScape Tray New Mexico Green Chile Harvest—52 lbs!

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How To Grow…

Artichokes  |   Basil  |   Beans  |   Broccoli  |   Cabbage  |   Carrots
Cucumbers  |   Green Beans  |   Hot Peppers  |   Lettuce
Peppers  |   Spinach  |   Summer Squash  |   Tomatoes
Winter Squash  |   Zucchini

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