Leafy greens– nutritious, easy to grow, and versatile. We love ’em, so University of Maryland Extension’s Grow It Eat It Action Team has designated 2012 as The Year of Leafy Greens. We also think leafy greens can be “gateway” plants to hook beginner adults and kids on the joys of food gardening.
Master Gardeners around the state will be promoting and teaching leafy green gardening and growing leafy greens in demonstration gardens. Here are some of the luscious plants we’ll be following on this blog, Facebook, and the GIEI website (these seeds are all from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in Mineral, VA):
‘Lacinato’ kale, ‘Lark’s Tongue’ kale, ‘Sorrento’ broccoli raab, ‘Southern Giant’ mustard,‘Champion’ collards, ‘Rainbow’ chard, ‘Red Giant’ mustard, ‘Red Malabar’ spinach, ‘Drunken Woman’ leaf lettuce, ‘Slow Bolt’ leaf lettuce.
Mid-Atlantic gardeners have already started sowing leafy greens indoors and some of us are still harvesting our overwintered greens! Please send us your tips, photos, and recipes to share with the GIEI Network. Let’s get out there and grow, eat, and enjoy our leafy greens!