You might think that Fall is a time to rest in the garden but it’s really time to start your Spring garden!
Plant some seeds, pick up some seedlings — all FREE! — on Sunday, October 23 as the UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners return to the Green Tent from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your gardening questions and curiosity; you could be starting a great winter salad garden right now!
A few weeks ago they planted up a bunch of seeds, some of which are ready for market and a few others that might not yet be big enough in time:
Snow peas — they’re great in stir fry, salad, raw or steamed. Eat them, pods and all — these are slender pods.
Turnips — the holidays are coming, root veggies are you best friends! Try these instead of mashed potatoes!
Kale — everyone’s favorite superfood/green
Spearmint — This is a species of mint often used for medicinal purposes, loaded with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants; does not contain as much menthol as traditional mint
Baby napa cabbage - Use this in your kimchi or stir fry or just eat it in salads!
Nasturtiums — they’re edible flowers and yummy with a dash of goat cheese and balsamic vinegar, or toss them atop your salads for color. But they grow like crazy and can cover an ugly wall!
Arugula — practically self seeding once established, the flowers have a nutty flavor while the leaves are spiky and spicy! In England it’s called “rocket” — not sure why!
There may be a few more surprises so stop by. Meantime, study up your Fall and Winter gardening basics by reading this verycomprehensive article.
And please don’t forget — if you have empty plastic six packs, bring them with you so the Master Gardeners can plant up more seeds for next month’s booth.