On this week’s episode, the guys discuss their favorite fall garden varieties that they’re growing this year. The crops include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, lettuce, collards, beets, kohlrabi, cabbage and mixed asian greens. Their favorite variety of broccoli is called Green Magic and they like it because it is very heat-tolerant and does well planted early in fall. They do mention that broccoli should be harvested before it gets too “seedy”, as it is not very palatable once that happens. For cauliflower, their preferred fall garden varieties include the Denali variety for a white cauliflower. Last year they tried the purple cauliflower variety called “Graffiti” and it did really well up until the first frost.
On the Show & Tell segment this week, they talk about the Christmas Lima Beans that Travis has growing on a panel trellis in his garden. These are a speckled, running butterbean variety that has been very prolific when grown in previous years. The seed has a red and white variegated color that turns grey when cooked. These beans preserve well, dry well, and are also great for cooking fresh. Compared to a traditional green butterbean, these have a nuttier flavor that is great in soups.
On the Q&A segment, they answer questions about nut grass and choosing between the High Arch and Double Wheel Hoe. Nut grass can be one of the most persistent and annoying weeds in a vegetable garden. Travis mentions that it can be controlled by “aggravating it to death,” which simply means frequently cultivating a few times a week. He prefers to alternate between the cultivator teeth and the sweeps on the Wheel Hoe. Greg distinguishes between the High Arch Wheel Hoe and the Double Wheel Hoe. He mentions that the High Arch Wheel Hoe would be his preferred choice because of the versatility it offers with cultivating and weeding attachments.