2021 Spring Garden Notes


HOSS strongly recommends Momentum Bush beans. Easy to harvest as beans are in clusters and high producer.


Sow broccoli seeds directly in the garden two to three weeks before the last spring frost date. Plant the seeds 1 inch deep and 3 inches apart.


From YouTube Video: Plant in the space a board will cover. Then water the soil well. Drop seed onto wet soil then press down into the soil but not too much so you can still see them. Flip board over seeds/soil and press into the soil. Chk for sprouts in 5-6 days but likely 10-11 days. Water around the board if the dirt dries out.


Periwinkle – Vinca – Plant Cora periwinkle from seed. Disease resistant to the common fungal disease. Good advice here and here.


  • Senposai, which translates as Thousand Wonder Vegetable, is a cross between komatsuna and regular cabbage. From here.



Hoss planted Touchdown Bell Pepper that bears all season and has a “good disease resistance” package. He also grew Gold Rush Banana Pepper and both are shown in this video. Gold Rush is a hybrid variety of the popular Hungarian-style sweet pepper. Heavy-yields of thick-walled, 7″ fruits. Bright yellow and matures to orange-red. Great variety for processing and pickling. 

Giant Marconi Sweet Peppers F1

Jaloro Jalapeno – [DID NOT PLANT, NEED TO TRY IN 2021.] Resistant to many diseases and milder. SESE pg 43. [1992, Texas A&M.] Big yields of colorful yellow Jalapeño peppers, one of the best in our 2018 Jalapeño trials. 1½ x 2 in. fruits are juicy with thick walls. Medium hot fruits, milder than our regular Jalapeños. Shorter plants than our regular Jalapeños – a good container variety! – with bigger early harvests. Resistant to many diseases including TMV.

Maybe one to try – The chilaca pepper is a dark green, curvy, mildly hot pepper that is an important part of Mexican cuisine. When dried, it is called the chile negro or pasilla pepper. https://www.chilipeppermadness.com/chili-pepper-types/sweet-mild-chili-peppers/chilaca-chili-peppers/

HOSS Squash Recommendations from this video and this video.

  • Spineless Supreme zucchini – open form with fruits high
    • Spineless Supreme Zucchini is a hybrid, green zucchini variety with outstanding disease-resistance and completely spineless plants. Spineless plants make for easy harvesting and also prevent fruit damage during harvesting. Spineless Supreme is resistant to a wide variety of squash diseases and viruses including powdery mildew, cucumber mosaic virus, zucchini yellow mosaic virus, watermelon mosaic virus and papaya ringspot virus. At HOSS.
  • Sunburst “Patty Pan” Squash – All American Selections winner when released in 1985. This variety produces fruits that are bright yellow with small green rings in the center. Sunburst Squash is a heavy-yielding variety and will continually produce fruit well into the summer months. Patty Pan Squash has a nuttier flavor than traditional squash or zucchini, and is great when eaten raw or cooked. The texture is more firm and holds well during grilling or sautéing. No disease resistance.
  • GOLD STAR SQUASH: https://hosstools.com/product/gold-st…
  • SLICK PIK SQUASH: https://hosstools.com/product/slick-p…
    • Plants are vigorous with noted resistance/tolerance to heavy cucumber and squash beetle pressure.
  • PASCOLA ZUCCHINIhttps://hosstools.com/product/pascola…
    • Pascola Zucchini is a hybrid, green zucchini with broad disease-resistance and high yields. Great for succession planting in hot and humid climates. C. pepo. 45 days to maturity.

HOSS Tomato Recommendations in early spring 2020 before production from this video, and this video.

  • From a later July 2020 Video, where he reviewed how well the different varieties produced, he said these were the top two performers.
    • * BELLA ROSA TOMATOhttps://bit.ly/38BiTCq
      • Disease Resistance: Alternaria Stem Canker, Fusarium Wilt, Verticillium Wilt, Gray Leaf Spot, Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
    • * BRICKYARD TOMATOhttps://bit.ly/2CkKxY1
      • Disease Resistance: Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus, Gray Leaf Spot, Verticillium Wilt, Fusarium
  • In the Spring Videos linked above, of the new hybrid’s performance up to that time, he liked:
    • SummerPick Tomato is the perfect canning tomato. A hybrid, determinate variety with exceptional disease-resistance, superb flavor and concentrated fruit set. 75 days to maturity. Pelleted. 
      • Disease Resistance: Fusarium Wilt, Verticillium Wilt, Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus, Root Knot Nematode, Tomato Apex Necrosis, Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus, Gray Leaf Spot
    • * Red Snapper Tomato is a hybrid, determinate variety with heavy yields of large to extra-large tomatoes. Excellent disease-resistance and shelf-life. Sets fruit well in warm conditions. 75 days to maturity. Treated. New variety and many impressed. Won taste test in this video and photo shows a lot of meat. 
      • Disease Resistance: Alternaria Stem Canker, Fusarium Wilt, Verticillium Wilt, Gray Leaf Spot, Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus, Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
    • Tachi Tomato is a hybrid, determinate Roma-type with resistance to root knot nematode and tomato spotted wilt virus. A very productive variety that fruits well in hot and humid conditions. 75 days to maturity. Pelleted. 
      • Disease Resistance: Alternaria Stem Canker, Fusarium Wilt, Root Knot Nematode, Verticillium Wilt, Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
    • Cherry Variety that is his favorite – Sun Gold Tomato is an indeterminate, hybrid variety with a flavor that is unlike any other tomato. Yellow-gold, cherry tomatoes grow in huge clusters. Fruits have a tangy, citrus flavor that’s absolutely delicious. 70 days to maturity. 
      • Disease Resistance: Verticillium Wilt, Fusarium, Tobacco Mosaic Virus
    • * Travis & Greg will plant next year as cited in this video on 7/16/2020.

Other Tomatoes to Consider

  • Tomato Jet Star F1 here and Harris Seeds (developer)
    • it is disease-resistant, crack-resistant, and scar resistant.
    • Resistance: Verticillium Wilt (V), Fusarium Wilt (F)
    • Developed in 1968 by Harris Seeds
  • Better Boy Tomato F1
    • Resistant to Al, F1, Vt, and RN.
    • Foliage/habit: dense; prevents sunscald
    • Slicer
    • Yield: extremely high


HOSS planted butternut squash in the spring and it was blooming and fruiting in mid-June in this video. He said the SOUTH ANNA BUTTERNUT SQUASH – https://bit.ly/2XUAvoY has a pumpkin bred into it and it can withstand the heat and humidity of his zone.

Swiss Chard & Spinach

Pam Dawling recommends Perpetual Spinach Chard as a close substitute to spinach and it can take the heat better.


From Page 101 of the 2020 SE Vegetable Growers Handbook (Handbook)

Seed Treatment. To minimize the occurrence of bacterial canker,
bacterial spot, and bacterial speck, seed should be treated with chlorine. If seed is not treated with chlorine by the seed company, then dip seed in a solution containing 1 quart of household bleach and 4 quarts of water plus one-half teaspoon of surfactant for 1 minute. Provide constant agitation. Use 1 gallon of solution per pound of seed. Prepare a fresh solution for each batch of seed. Wash seed in running water for 5 minutes and dry seed thoroughly. The final rinse should be done with acidified water (1 oz. vinegar per gallon of water). Further information on seed treatments can be found in SEED TREATMENTS section starting on page 282

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