Plants From Seed
Try something new this spring. photo: Renee’s Garden “Wasabi” arugula.
Something new and green that I’ll be planting come spring: wasabi arugula. It tastes just as snappy as you might imagine. And, while you probably won’t want a salad bowl filled with it, a few leaves on a plate of fresh mixed greens is delicious.
When my seeds came in the mail, I thought the packet was empty. When I opened and looked inside the packet, it was hard to even see those tiny seed. Traditional arugula seed dwarf these teeny tiny wasabi arugula seed by comparison.
Sow sparingly every 2 or 3 weeks from the earliest date you dare plant in your area. In my zone 6 SE Missouri garden, the plant did best in spring and fall.
I encourage you to grow this tasty new arugula variety. Once it is growing in the garden, you will think of many flavorful ways to use it in the kitchen. Add a few leaves to your own mesclun mix.
We tucked it into fish tacos, roast beef or tuna salad sandwiches, even topped a pizza with these greens as soon as it came out of the oven.
Hub pages has more information: How to grow organic arugula.
Buy the seed from Renee’s Garden. But don’t limit yourself to just one variety of arugula, I’ve tried several of Renee’s selections. My other favorite arugulas are “Rustic” and “Rustic Style.” “Wasabi” Arugula is a Renee’s Exclusive, a wild discovery that really does taste like it’s namesake.
Renee’s Garden has the best new thing in the early spring garden: “Wasabi” arugula. Photo: Renees Garden.
I always order several lettuces and spring greens
A good place to start your garden seed order is by leafing through your favorite cookbooks. Renee Shepherd’s cookbooks showcase the best of garden fresh cuisine. Who better to write a cookbook than the person who grows a bountiful vegetable garden?
Renee’s Garden has two cookbooks, “Recipes From A Kitchen Garden” and “More Recipes From A Kitchen Garden.” My cookbooks are tabbed, with penciled notes in the margins and dog-eared. These two very affordable cookbooks ($12.95) have a few food splashes and the occasional sticky fingerprint.
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Both Cookbooks will inspire you to grow more veggies from seed.
Tricolor Bush” beans and the skinny French “haricot vert,” that are bright green beans “Rolande. I am predicting that Chilled Green Beans with Creamy Horseradish Dressing and Green beans with Basil-Walnut Vinaigrette are going to be garden party and alfresco dining hits.
Best of all, these two dishes are make-ahead recipes that will develop flavor while chilling in the fridge. These two recipes are in the first cookbook, Recipes from a Kitchen Garden.
As an herb gardener, I love that Renee’s cookbooks incorporate edible flowers and fresh herbs in many of the recipes. With these cookbooks, you will enjoy fresh recipe ideas all season.
Bargain seed for next year.
This is an FYI. I’m just passing this information along.
Renee's Giant Pumpkin, "Wyatt's Wonder"
Happy Holloween! Plan ahead for next year’s garden – order your pumpkin seeds now at a 20% discount at Renee’s Garden at www.reneesgarden.com
Time: October 15, 2010 at 6pm to October 31, 2010 at 7pm
Location: Renee’s Garden Seed Event
All Pumpkins 20% off at Renee’s Garden
- Great pumpkins come in all sizes
Order pumpkin seed now. It will keep till next planting season. Store in dry dark area. I put seed in a plastic zipper bag and then put the plastic bag in the desk drawer.