The Houma-based LA Terre Louisiana Master Gardeners
made notes on some results of a spring 2009 vegetable demonstration. These were not replicated research plots, but you can still get some useful and applied information from careful observations. Barton Joffrion
is the county agent in Terrbonne Parish
and director of the parish's Louisiana Master Gardeners
and their programs.
This year they developed another vegetable gardening demonstration plot and field day. It was staged for June 20 at the USDA Sugar Station in Houma where the demonstration plots were located. Well over 200 visitors attended this educational event.
The LMGs planted March 19, and their first harvest was May 21. Planting older and hierloom cultivars was a featured aspect, but with all the choices these days, they barely scratched the surface of possibilities. A mostly complete cultivar test would almost be an impossible undertaking.
The tomatoes tested that produced the most fruit were Delicious, Mountain Spring, Mountain Fresh, Jubilee (orange) and Italian Ice (the white round cherry). "I didn't get a chance to compare the flavor of all the tomatoes tested, but I did like a light yellow plum-type called Old Ivory Egg," says LSU AgCenter vegetable specialist and professor Tom Koske.
The least productive tomato cultivars were Green Giant, Pink Belgium and Early Girl. The Black Krim tomato was the first to produce and the Parks Whopper was the last.
Other crops planted were zucchini squash, yellow squash, white squash, cucumber, snap bean, egg plant, bell pepper and sweet corn.