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Lettuce By Any Other Name

Lettuce By Any Other Name
New lettuce plants. Lettuce is a name for a Tokyo Mew Mew anime character, a rager band [sorry, no link], a group of ladies [no, no link], an initiative to prevent e. coli eruptions, a Sydney taxi driver with a blog, a Yuma Lettuce Days festival, and, well, you get the idea. Pets are probably named...

The Little Allium

The Little Allium
Chive buds. Chives wave their hollow leaves (known as “straws”) gently in the breezes, their purple buds dancing along with the beat. I think they are trying to attract attention. They are mentioned only in passing in chapters on alliums. Yet they can be found in most herb gardens and kitchen...

Pie Plant Heaven

Pie Plant Heaven
Young Rhubard March 18. Another weird plant. Rhubarb stalks look like celery, but they are nothing like it. The stalks are edible, the leaves are poisonous. The roots last for years. The taste is wonderful! Rhubarb is also called the pie plant. My great aunt did. She loved rhubarb pie. When we moved...

Walking Onions

Walking Onions
Egyptian Walking Onions. Egyptian walking onions are very strange. As youngsters, they grow very much like scallions. But as teenagers, they develop lumps on their green hollow leaves, bulges that produce tiny red bulblets which, in turn, produce leaves, which then go on to produce more bulges and bulblets....

Five Thousand Eyes

Five Thousand Eyes
Seed Potatoes. There are about five thousand varieties of potatoes worldwide. Three thousand can be found in the Andes. Potatoes in America first traveled to Europe and then to America. In the first part of this century people worldwide consumed about 75 pounds of potatoes each year. Well, I didn’t. We...

Where exactly IS Batavia?

Where exactly IS Batavia?
Batavian endive up close. Batavia was a ship of the Dutch East India Company, shipwrecked on her maiden voyage (according to Wikipedia). OR a city in Illinois, another city in New York, another in Ohio. Hmm. Somehow I would have thought that Batavian endive originated in Eastern Europe. Escarole, or...

Oh Those Alliums

Oh Those Alliums
The allium bed in April. I confess that I have an onion personality disorder. I have planted yellow, red and white onions, shallots, leeks, garlic, elephant garlic, egyptian walking onions (aka topset onions), chives, scallions and, this year, multiplier onions. We have too many alliums. But they’re...

Planting Peas

Planting Peas
Pea sprouts. Aren’t peas wonderful? Everyone likes peas. Small children roll them around on highchair trays and poke them up their noses. Older children blow them at each other through straws. Bags of frozen peas soothe the toe that was smashed by the garden brick. Pease porridge hot was a staple...
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