Gardens are not made by singing “Oh, How beautiful,” and sitting in the shade.
There was no shade in sight except a gorgeous steel gray cloud embankment the morning of March 16th:
Blanketed tomatoes stood sentry under the watchful eyes of the purple martin house.
Ruby crush tomatoes were ready and waiting in the Sunday House:
A rose by any other name is a Ruby Crush.
A few errant gardeners discovered that the mysterious “winter greens” in one of the example plots were actually poppies ready to burst into bloom! The maroon “Aggie” poppy was isolated by Greg Grant and is known as “Grant’s Garnet”.
Don’t be lulled to sleep like Dorothy……. Grant’s Garnet
Two tender “Green Magic” broccoli plants were also ready for each plot. This variety was first marketed in 2004 as a replacement for “Green Comet” broccoli. Hopefully the new plants will remain harlequin beetle-free unlike the plants from the fall session:
Harlequin beetles are public enemy number 1 for broccoli Harlequin bugs
Unlike poppy leaves, broccoli leaves (and cabbage leaves) are imminently edible. Use as you would any leafy winter vegetable green (i.e. kale, cabbage leaves, brussel sprout leaves). The winter vegetables are also particularly delicious in almost any St. Patrick’s Day guise. I enjoyed a steamed head of cabbage interspersed with chile pequin and a fabulous sunset on Cash Mountain Road:
Happy Spring 2019!
Anne Marie S.