Thursday, June 9, 2011

Gaga for Greens

The sun has been stubborn this spring, but the greens don't seem to care, as they've been growing like crazy in the cool temperatures and ample moisture. I just love salad greens. In fact, I think if I could only grow one type of crop, it would be greens. From arugula to tatsoi, most leafy crops are super easy to grow, very quick to mature and forgiving of less-than-ideal weather. I thought I'd share some of my favourite spring greens with you this lovely June morning.

I'm hoping to get a bit of work done in the garden today and then I'm off to the radio station to meet with Mark Cullen! Mark, of course, is one of Canada's best known garden personalities (truly, a media giant) and an incredibly nice guy as well. It's always great to have him on the show and he'll be in Nova Scotia this weekend (Windsor a
Baby arugula - ready for a gourmet salad!
nd then Barrington Passage) appearing at several Home Hardware locations. For more info, check out his website -

Over the past week, I've been asked a lot about the straw bale gardens.. I must admit that after the zucchini and the first planting of my 'Lumina' pumpkins succumbed to the slugs, I stuck firm and put more in.. well, they've now been eaten too (even surrounded by diatomaceous earth!), so I'm back to planting more tomatoes in the straw bales. They are doing fantastic at this point (knock on wood!!). 

If you haven't had a chance, check out my new facebook page for The Weekend Gardener. I post almost daily, offering gardening tips, photos, show information and more! The link is

Happy Gardening!

Bianca Riccia is my favourite endive!! It makes a great 'come and cut again' crop. 

Red Salad Bowl lettuce - great for all 4 season!

Spinach.. sigh.. just chopped a few handfuls in some lentil soup - yum!

Peppery Giant Red Mustard - great for salads and stir-fries.

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