On Sunday I’m planning on planting a whole bunch of vegetables, including ‘Ruby Streaks’ mustard greens (my full planting list is at the bottom of this post). But before the gardening commences, I’m going to be talking about gardening and shopping for plants. Starting things off at 9:30 on Saturday morning I will be at Molbak’s nursery in Woodinville sharing my plan for a super salad season. I’m going to discuss how to prepare the soil for salad crops, the basics behind succession planting, and information about some of my favorite salad greens. Then, I’m off to University Village in Seattle for the Village Green Event, where I will be talking about how to grow and cook with spring herbs. This super fun talk will include demonstrations on drying and freezing herbs and making compound butter and vinaigrette, plus information on sowing and growing cilantro, chives, parsley, dill, and chervil. You can find all the details for both these events, including directions, on my Events page.
Seattle Tilth is also hosting their first annual Cool Season Crops Plant Sale (their regular plant sale will also be held the first weekend in May). I’m shopping the pre-sale on Friday and am planning on buying seedlings of ‘Green Sprouting Calabrese’ broccoli, ‘Early Snowball’ cauliflower, ‘Perfection’ fennel, savoy cabbage, ‘Giant Musselburg’ leeks, ‘Wong Bok’ Napa Cabbage, ‘Tatsoi’, and ‘Prize Choy’ pak choy.
I also have a ton of seed and will be sowing the following crops this weekend.
‘Easter Egg II’ and ‘French Breakfast’ radish
‘Bulls Blood’, ‘Chioggia’, and ‘Golden’ beets
‘Red Samurai’, ‘Bolero’ and ‘Yellowstone’ carrots
‘Walla Walla’ sweet onions
‘Golden Edible Podded’ peas
‘Super Sugar Snap’ peas
‘Tom Thumb’ dwarf snap pea (in containers)
‘Wando’ English peas
‘Broad Windsor’ fava beans
‘Flashy Trout’s Back’ lettuce
‘Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed’ lettuce (yes, that is really its name)
I’m also going to (hopefully!) get some strawberries and raspberries into the ground. Hooray! Let the weekend begin.