Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Of peas and spinach and crunchy good things

Not into the pool - just yet - but it's OK to head for the back yard and start planting. It's time for peas, lettuces of all kinds, greens like spinach and collards, beets, cabbage, broccoli and bok choy, which is a good bit of stuff to get going on. I bought some spicy radish shoots at a farmers market on Saturday and am thinking they'd be a wonderful new crop to try this year.

Of peas and spinach and crunchy good things

Not into the pool - just yet - but it's OK to head for the back yard and start planting. It's time for peas, lettuces of all kinds, greens like spinach and collards, beets, cabbage, broccoli and bok choy, which is a good bit of stuff to get going on. I bought some spicy radish shoots at a farmers market on Saturday and am thinking they'd be a wonderful new crop to try this year.

I've got some spinach in already, and some cabbage starts. More this weekend, including some Landreth seeds for Malabar spinach, which climbs and isn't a true spinach. (But the leaves taste like it when cooked.)

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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