Ah, the beautiful air of Spring. I look forward to it every year as it ushers in signs of life and new beginnings for all, especially those of us awakening from the gloomy grip of Ole Man Winter. The increased chirping of birds as they forage the grounds in search of grub, the raging water of our front yard creek as it races to the river, and the beautiful buds of the grapes, apples, strawberries and multiple other fruit bushes, trees and vines that encamp our homestead can only mean one thing…seed planting time is upon us! By this time, I am usually fortunate enough to have some left over Autumn goodies overwintering in the raised garden beds that I continue to enjoy. But my New York 6b hardiness zone and sunset zone 37 is also ready to nurture a few good seeds including radish, beets, carrots and greens, with a little help of the hoop house for some added protection of course.

Hailing from modest beginnings, as a child we depended largely on the crops we grew as well as the multiple fruit trees surrounding us for daily food and snacks. Now in my adult years, living in the United States has helped me to appreciate my past even more and has created in me an even greater sense of welcoming and enjoyment of home grown food.

I show great partiality for growing heirloom seeds because, though through the natural process of cross pollination they are not an exact replica of their original parent seed, they each hold within them a piece of history embedded in their genes that give insight to a time of history that I have only had the luxury of reading about. These valuable seeds have been passed down from generation to generation and have been treasured by the families who preserved their existence with passion and great diligence. So with every bite of food sown and grown in this garden, with every drop of sweat that trickles down our brow and faces as we labor under the sun, with every deliciously wholesome, healthy and delicious meal that we prepare, Kel and I have come to appreciate the gift of rearing and organically nurturing our very own food.

Our fruits are perennial and so stay constant throughout, however the vegetables we grow are changed every season so that we can not only maximize on space but also so we can enjoy the scrumptious goodness of eating in season. Below you will find a list of foods growing in the garden or green room this season. Happy planting to all!

 

BRASSICAS

Bok Choi (Canton)

Broccoli (Calabrese, Early Sprouting)

Brussels Sprout (Long Island Improved)

Cabbage (Glory of Enkhulzen, Kalibos Mamoth Red Rock, Savoy)

Cauliflower (Green Macerata, Giant of Naples, Purple of Sicily)

Kohlrabi (Superschmelz)

Pak Choi (Extra Dwarf)

 

GRAIN

Emmer Wheat

 

 

SALAD MIX

Arugula

Lettuce

Mizuna Greens

 

LEAVES

Amaranth

Chard

Collards

Kale

Spinach (Gigante d’Inverno)

 

SQUASH

Zucchini (Caserta, Gray)

Golden Scallop

 

 

LEAVES

Amaranth (Red Calaloo, Green Calaloo)

Chard (Silverbeet, Oriole)

Collards (Georgia Southern Creole)

Kale (Siberian, Scarlet)

Spinach (Gigante d’Inverno)

 

LEGUMES

Beans (Dragon Tongue)

Long Beans (Red, Mosaic, Green)

Peas (Golden, Blauwschokker)

ROOTS & TUBERS

Beets (Golden, Chioggia, Crosby’s Egyptian, Mammoth)

Carrots (Purple Dragon, Pusa Rudhira, Coral, Cosmic Purple)

Radish (Long Black Spanish, Hailstone, French Breakfast, Pusa Gulabi, Pink Beauty, Ousa Jumani)

Turnips (Red Round, Purple Top Red Globe)

 

OTHERS

Artichoke (Purple de Romagna)

And below are my garden staples that grow according to their seasons…

 

HERBS & SPICES

 

Anise Hyssop

Basil

Bay Laurel

Cardamom

Celery

Chives

Cilantro

Clove, Pink

Coriander, Mexican

Dill

Fennel

Garlic

Ginkgo

Ginger

Lavender

Lemon Balm

Lemongrass

Lemon Verbena

Mint (Peppermint, Moroccan, Mojito)

Onion

Oregano

Parsley

Rosemary (Foxtail)

Sage

Sorrel (French)

Tarragon

Thyme (Broad Leaf, Wild, English)

Turmeric

Wild Zaatar

 

 

FRUITS & NUTS

 

Apple (Gold Rush, Fuji)

Almond

Blackberry

Blueberry (Patriot, Jersey)

Cherry (Antique, Stella)

Cranberry

Fig (La Goccia d’Oro)

Grape

Kiwi

Passion Fruit (Annual)

Peach

Peanuts (Annual)

Pear

Pomegranate

Raspberry

Rhubarb

Strawberries (Seascape)

 

 

(MOSTLY) EDIBLE FLORALS

 

Baby’s Breath

Bachelor’s Button

Celosia

Hollyhock

Hyacinth

Hydrangea

Morning Glory

Nasturtium

Peony

Snapdragon

Tulips

Roselle/Sorrel