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Five Things Friday

Red Round turnips

The five little things that made my week…

1. Of all the turnips I’ve grown over the years, these Red Round turnips are the best. So sweet and tender right out of the soil! I just harvested the last of the winter turnips and have so far made turnip soup, turnip gratin, braised turnip, roasted turnip, pickled turnip… what’s next?

Immature figs

2. Grow figs grow!

Fresh nasturtium seed pods

3. With a string of sunny 85°F days this week, my nasturtium flowers are steadily dying back. In their place are these bright green seed pods, which I’m going to turn into poor man’s capers.

Swallowtail chrysalis

4. A beautiful surprise in my fennel patch.

Mason bees emerging from cocoons

5. The new generation of mason bees emerging from their cocoons.

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring — all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more »


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    May 1, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Turnip colcannon!

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      May 1, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Yummm! That is right up my alley!!

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    Cary Bradley
    May 1, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Lovely, lovely! I am fast in love with Scarlet Ohno Revival turnips. The leaves are smooth and tender not at all hairy like some, and the turnip is red through and through. I planted them in Spring, but they came on like gangbusters after thinning and in the Fall, the greens were 3 feet tall! Spectacular turnips. Going to go check out your Red Round turnips, because you know, turnips! 🙂 Oh and Lebanese pickled turnips, baby!

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      May 1, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Red Round turnip leaves are also very tender and smooth, and not bitter like others I’ve tried. I’ll have to check out your variety too!


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