I’ve often wondered why lettuce and spinach aren’t summer crops. Whose idea was it to give us all those sweet, juicy tomatoes and fresh, crisp cucumbers in the summer, but no lettuce or spinach to go with them? Sure, there are ways to extend the life of your spring greens by giving them more shade [...]
When I first gave you a peek at my garden in May, things were looking a little sparse… I had just drawn up a plan for the next season, pulled out most of my winter and spring crops, and turned over the soil with freshly made compost. My onions and garlic were still a couple [...]
I remember the very first row of seeds I sowed back in September, a handful of spicy Japanese radish seeds placed every two inches, to be thinned out later to six inches apart. But when the time came to eliminate the excess seedlings, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Call me a proud mama, [...]
A collection of healthful, scrumptious, leafy greens from the garden this winter… my mama would be proud! Rossa di Verona radicchio, an Italian heirloom. The bright red stems of Five-Color Silverbeet chard.
One of my favorite things in the world is harvesting a basketful of garden goodies for a fantastically fresh, just-plucked meal. I think these will go into a nice salad and maybe a soup later: spicy Japanese radish, French breakfast radish, Japanese cucumber, yellow carrot, purple bush beans, salad burnet, bloody dock, true French sorrel, [...]
It’s harvest day! And I couldn’t be more excited about the season’s first bounty, my Aka Karaine hybrid radish from Kitazawa Seed Company. A few things drew me to this Japanese radish when I first bought the seeds: the vibrant color, the spiciness of the radish, the fact that the entire plant (root and leaves) [...]