Heirlooms for Oklahoma?
Well after the inferno that was this past summer, I feel that I need to change my gardening techniques. I have a shade cloth idea in the works, and I'm collecting all of my parent's bagged leaves for mulch. I have gotten several seed catalogs in the mail, and I'm already planning on what I will be planting next year. This year was a total washout for me. :( My intention is to plant only heirloom/ open pollinated varieties. No hybrids.
My question is, what varieties of vegetables have Oklahoma gardeners found to be the best for our area? (I'm north of Tulsa)
I mostly just plant paste type tomatoes. I tried Opalkas, but between the heat and the spider mites I didn't get anything. I want to try them again. Looking at Federle to try next year. I would also like to find a really tasty squash to can my own pumpkin pie filling. Any suggestions or experiences you all would be willing to share?