In the category of “vegetables I will definitely grow again” – this is a Brassica rapa cultivar bought under the name “Summer Jean” (it looks to me like a sort of Chinese broccoli, and Johnny’s no longer sells seeds by that name, so buy what you can find, I guess). Despite the warm-season moniker, it is a spring and fall vegetable, and I’m voting for fall, though like most fall vegetables it is a pain to germinate in August.
Anyway, what I like about it is that you can eat the whole plant – the thicker parts of the stem require some real cooking, but the rest can be braised or stir-fried quickly: leaves, broccoli-like florets, and even the yellow flowers that result when you only visit your plants once a week. The florets are so yummy I couldn’t stop snacking on them in the garden – they lack the bitterness this sort of plant acquires in the spring, and are really quite sweet. Perhaps not trick-or-treater sweet, but pretty close in their own way.
Here it is in place with some misome and not much else. We have achieved fall clean-up! What miracles a team of Master Gardeners, some wheelbarrows and newspaper, and a truckload of donated Leafgro can accomplish!
Also, isn’t this radicchio pretty? I just thought I’d throw that one in.
Enjoy your November gardens, whatever’s left of them!