Burpee calls the "Oasis hybrid turnip" a "salad turnip," and they taste like radishes only milder. Jamie liked them better than I did (I thought they had a bit of an aftertaste) but maybe I'll try them again this fall.
Some carrots and parsnips from spring were very slow growing and still ended up small, but they were delicious oven-roasted with rosemary fresh from the garden and store-bought potatoes and red onions. This fall I'll try a shorter parsnip (and plant earlier) and see if that works any better.
I was really looking forward to the "Purple Dragon" carrots. The picture in the catalog shows the purple color almost into the center, but mine only had purple skin and were either orange or yellow inside. They tasted kind of bitter when eaten raw, but were better steamed.
I forgot to take a picture of the "Sweet Zuke” zucchini. They tasted good (roasted, above) but weren't as slender as what I've grown before. I might include one "Sweet Zuke" plant next year, but I'll probably go back to planting a couple of the regular zucchini.
I was also looking forward to the "Fortex" green beans. They grow about 8" long, are fatter and meatier, and have a really good flavor. I don't think they bear as heavily as some newer varieties but unfortunately the pests beat me to them most of the time.
The Fortex beans are the bigger ones on the left. I also planted some tricolor bush beans from a Renee's Garden packet.
Although they didn't eat the actual beans, caterpillars were out of control. I'm definitely picking up a Bt spray before my fall garden gets growing.
Lot's of these little worms...
... and a few of these monsters.
Maddie and I fed the caterpillars we found to the 'blue-belly' lizards.
This 'alligator' lizard was missing part of his tail. Some had really pretty red markings.
I love you Remy, but Emile and the others are NOT welcome!