Monday, October 19, 2015

Master Gardeners, October 25

Your friendly UCCE/LA County Master Gardeners want to see what you are growing!  If you’ve ever gotten plants or seeds from them at the Green Tent, post a picture of them in your garden on social media with the hashtag #mglaseeds so they can follow your progress.

On Sunday, October 25 from 9 am to 1 pm, you could be starting your winter garden with these lovely plants, available free at The Green Tent (till they’re gone – but don’t worry, there are plenty of seeds to give away, too).

Scarlet Charlotte Chard (say THAT three times fast!) A new variety developed by Renee’s Seeds, it’s got crunchy stalks, gorgeous magenta veins and bright green leaves.

Oregon Giant SNOW Peas will enhance any stir fry or just eat them raw, pods and all, in a winter salad or as a standalone snack.  

Super Sugar SNAP Peas are like dessert in a vegetable, yummy on their own, delightful when blanched and dressed in sesame oil or garlic. Pods are edible. A much better crunchy snack than Cheetos!  

Beira Portuguese Kale is tender, sweet, heat tolerant and they say it’s easy to grow. You already know it’s good for you. 

Super Rapini aka Broccoli Raab robust, rich tasting Italian heirloom with deep green leaves and tender shoots with tiny flower clusters, great sautéed and in pasta.

Slow Bolt Cilantro provides the essential ingredient for both salsa and southeast Asian cooking.

Wine Country Mesclun Salad Mix combines 8 different sweet red and green plus tangy lettuces for the perfect blend. For the adventurous, separate them into individual plants and you’ll be growing salad for a long time.

Don’t forget to share your gardening events with here and sign up for the email newsletter from Yvonne Savio, retired director of the LA County Master Gardeners. You’ll get great monthly garden tips and interesting articles, too.

And if you’re bugged by pests, check out this invaluable resource for home, farm and garden: UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.

Don’t forget to drop off your plastic six packs to provide a home for next month’s plants!

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