Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Radicchio Rosettes

I spent some time at my neighborhood garden on Monday where I am expanding my edible gardens. I found that some of my winter veggies get so BIG that I need more room. I took over an existing bed that had nothing but last years lemon balm and lots of tall hollyhocks along the fence where I planted more eggplant, tomatoes and basil (I will be eating Mediterranean style this summer!)

While there I added a few flowers, marigolds seem to be my signature flower – I like them for there sturdiness and bright color as well for their companion properties. They seem to help keep the pests away or become a trap plant.

The front garden needed a little clean up – the radishes where still in the ground and covered in aphids, so they got pulled out. And the radicchio had not been thinned. This bed is planted and managed by volunteers more as a demonstration garden and doesn’t get the TLC it needs. As I was thinning the radicchio, I threw the immature leaves in my bag and took them home for a salad.

While I was cleaning the radicchio, I noticed how the leaves all curled into each other like a rose, making these pretty rosettes.

I found myself arranging them in a pretty martini glass to photograph them to show them off to you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

This may be one of the prettiest lettuces I have ever seen and eaten!

 
Happy Digging,
The Garden Goddess
http://www.down2earthgardens.com/

3 comments:

小慧 said...

人生最大的榮耀,不是永遠不敗,而是屢仆屢戰..................................................

AcaciaKane said...

How did the Coronado Community Garden get going? How old is it? I'd love to start one in my neighborhood!

Doreen said...

The Coronado Community Garden is a labor of love of a few garden enthusiasits in the neighborhood. There used to be a garden here many years ago and we dicided two summers ago to start it all over again.

Now there are just a few of us who use the space. Since most people have a yard, they do not need to space to garden, but sometimes join us to learn how!

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