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Location: Bainbridge, Wa
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So, it's that time to start daydreaming about next year's prospects,
  I am creating a list of what i want from my garden next year, the stages that varieties will be planted according to their characteristics of survival and weather hardiness.

I will be growing on bainbridge island this next year trying to push my luck with early greens, so my question to you is if you are 8b zone like me, what are you prefered varieties for early spring? mazuna, spinach, radishes, lettuce?

I have a list at home of varieties of tomatoes, S squash, brassicas and aliums that I prefer at certain times I will spill out when I return home (in florida at the moment, enjoying no snow )

So lets have it!
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I had excellent success with Stupice Tomatoes. They are a variety from Eastern Europe and grow quite well in Olympia, Wa which this summer had about 2 and half weeks of actual summer. I will continue them.

This next summer I want to try lemon cucumbers, a type grown in Russia. They do well in shorter growing seasons, not needing as much heat.
 
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Location: Western Washington (Zone 7B - temperate maritime)
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Thanks Ruso - I bought the Stupice and Lemon at your recommendation.  I too would be interested in learning about people's success with certain varieties in Western WA - especially more difficult varieties like melons, hot peppers, eggplants, etc.
 
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I usually go for the long pointy sweet peppers.. Territorial sells 'Gypsy' that I have enjoyed.... but I know we are still eating them green.  I always grow my hot crops under plastic, but I have a cold site.  I often cover bare ground with clear plastic to bring up soil temperature faster, and for the true hot weather crops, I have not found that variety can overcome a bad year.  I too use 'Stupice' as my workhorse tomato.

I like 'Early Wonder Tall Top' beets for both root and greens and am growing out to seed this year.  'Giant Musselburgh' leeks have been rock solid in my frost pocket this winter.  both are open polinated.
 
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About Stupice variety. I had it for two years. My observations are - its quite easy and it's very fast fruiting comparing to other varietes. However the quality and taste of tomato comparing to other varieties is poor.
 
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