Archive for February, 2010

Radish acts of kindness

I’m proclaiming radish acts of kindness month inn March – the month that includes the spring equinox. Radishes are lovely and such fun – because they take less than a month to harvest.  They begin to pop through the ground very soon after planting.

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Radishes (etc)

We’re thinking about extending the garden out front of the building to plant more veggies. I think we could be self-sustaining in radishes and garlic perhaps.

I’d like to set a digging and fertilizing date to prepare the soil, and then do a planting – maybe on the spring equinox?

We could all plant up some seeds in doors for setting out on March 21. Your thoughts?

Links

Westcoast seeds link for radishes

The radish is “a vulgar article of diet…” that has a ….
“remarkable power of causing flatulence and eructation.”
Pliny

A member of the cole family, radishes have the same anticancer properties as broccoli and cabbage. The green leaves are good cooked and are high in beta carotene. Radishes were cultivated in acient times. The Egyptians fed them to the slaves who built the pyramids. In England they were known from the mid 1500’s and used for various medicinal purposes including the treatment of kidney problems.

Corner garden ideas – for beauty among the shrubs.

Magenta Swiss Chard within a month

Bright Lights Swiss Chard 60 days

POTATOES

EARLY Yukon Gold

LATE   Blue Russian

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Grape vine

Last year there was not a grape.

Doing some googling on how to get grapes.

1. water weekly (unless there’s 1″ of rain)

http://www.ehow.com/how_5592949_water-grape-vines.html

In our case, probably water anyways, as it doesn’t get much natural rainfall.

2. Fertilize annually.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5247123_fertilize-grape-vine.html

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Nodding Onion

It will grow in almost any situation,
from full sun to deep shade.

Last year, I wondered about the onion-smelling, plants with sweet pale pink flowers that were planted at the south end of the boulevard garden. (I still wonder how they got there – just curious – but while visiting a friend in Victoria found out what they are – THE NODDING ONION.

According to this website, it is an underrated treasure in the Pacific Northwest.

How to harvest them:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4509940_get-food-from-nodding-onion.html

– Basically,pull them up from close to the ground, eat the leaves and eat the bulb.  How easy is that?

The websites recommend planting around roses, and I did transplant some last year and will put more around the other roses this year.

I think they’d be better back from the very edge, as they’re tall-ish. I’m thinking thyme around the southern boulevard plot. – all different kinds. What a lovely scented area that could be.

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Planting Food at TraFifth

I woke up thinking about planting vegetables. And by the time I got the computer open and the coffee beside me, this is what I’ve come up with:

Scarlet runner beans the whole length of the corner hedge – it will need lots of watering and fertilizing regularly, but could be beautiful and bountiful if we all help it along.

Rhubarb (swiss) chard interplanted in the corner garden – I’m thinking sticking to one veggie makes sense – last year I tried one of a bunch of things and it didn’t work too well.

Potatoes on the south side of the big tree that’s most southern.

Interplant green onions, parsley and/or cilantro in the tubs.

In the west garden —  radishes, lettuces, beets and in late summer kale for a salad garden.

I think there are lots of other possibilities too, but I can actually visualize this plan for starters.

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