Thursday, May 10, 2012

Veggie Survey: the results are in!

Thanks to the folks who voted in our survey about what veggies to grow in the garden!

We asked, "We're growing lots of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini & yellow squash. What other veggies do you like to eat?" Multiple answers were allowed.

And you said:


Beets
  60%
Lettuces
  80%
Sweet Potatoes
  60%
Carrots
  60%
Potatoes
  80%
Swiss Chard
    0%
Peas
  80%
Winter Squash (Butternut, Acorn, etc.)
  40%
Spinach
  40%

So we'll keep these answers in mind as we choose what to grow in the garden this year. There will definitely be lettuce and peas. Potatoes will need some more planning and space for a future year. We've found the soil to be too rocky for carrots (they prefer very fine soil and fork when they run into an obstruction in the ground) but we're working on ideas for how to make them work in our garden. And there will be some of as many of the other veggies as we can fit in!

Now, what about Swiss chard? Is it unloved, misunderstood or just unknown??

2 comments:

  1. Swiss Chard - Well, I absolutely LOVE how it looks in the seed catalogs, but I've never eaten it so I don't know if I even like the taste/texture. Does it have redeeming nutritional and growing qualities worth including it and educating the public?

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  2. Ah... it's very tasty and full of vitamins & minerals like other dark leafy greens, though not bitter like some of the greens. It can be used in many dishes in place of spinach. One of the easiest ways to use it is coarsely chopped or cut into strips and lightly sauteed as a side dish. It's great in quiche or pasta dishes, especially those that are not tomato-based (good in those but the flavor gets rather lost). Baby leaves are tasty in salad. And it's fairly space efficient under normal growing conditions. Since it grows large leaves on tall stems, you get a lot of greens in a small space. Just saw some huge plants at my sister's. She's grown it over the winter harvesting the leaves but letting the plants continue to grow. It's now 6 feet tall and still producing leaves that aren't bitter (will go to seed soon and the flavor will change but it's pretty amazing right now). Definitely worth growing and sharing!

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