Green Vegetables in the Garden
There are several different green varieties that can be grown in the vegetable garden. Leafy green vegetable varieties like lettuce, kale, beans, collards, or peas all add a variation to the garden area. When growing greens they should be planted during early spring or late summer. Not only are they easy to grow, but they add several nutrition benefits and healthier plants for the best salad mix. However, many greens are susceptible to pests, disease, and weed pressures. As well as, insufficient watering can slow down or halt the plant growth in the vegetable garden.
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On this week’s episode, Travis has the best salad mix recipe using vegetables from the garden. In the early Spring and Fall, the Asian salad green mix is one of Travis’s favorite crops to grow. With a combination of greens like Tatsoi, Mizuna, Red Russian Kale, and Arugula this mix is great for salads or sauteing up to stir-fry. Each of these types of greens has a couple of differences that set them apart. Tatsoi has a dark green leaf with a mild mustard flavor profile. The elongated feathered leaves of Mizuna is known to hold seasoning and sauces well when used in salads. Red Russian Kale has a clean kale flavor that balances out some of the other green flavors in the mix. As Arugula leaves get larger the flavors become more vibrant in the mix. The preferred method for planting is direct seeding really dense or really thick on a bed. Travis prefers to plant the green mix on either a 24 inch or a 2-foot bed. This size bed is easier to straddle and makes it more comfortable when it comes time to harvest the Asian green mix. For direct seeding, our Hoss Garden Seeder works perfectly to easily and quickly plant seeds in the vegetable garden. Travis takes a customized seed plate that has 1-inch spacing then ties up the kickstand on the garden seeder. He likes to plant wheel-to-wheel meaning planting as many rows as he can squeeze in the 2-foot wide band. Due to the greens being planted so thick they do better with overhead or hand watering rather than drip irrigation. Asian greens are better off planted on the edge of the garden because it makes it easier to water every other day with a hand watering wand or overhead system. When it comes to harvesting these green mixes we just straddle the bed and cut off the tops of the greens when they reach between 6 to 8 inches tall. When harvesting we like to use our Large Shallow Tubtrug for easy sorting and lightweight carrying for all ages. These greens will have continuous growth, so you can get at least four cuttings off them during the spring and fall months. In the fall, sometimes you can harvest even more because the temperatures are usually decreasing and you do not have to worry about the greens bolting in the garden. When it comes to storing these green mixes we prefer to take a few handfuls and put them in produce bags kinda like the ones at the grocery store. Then once they are in the produce bags he takes his knife and punches a few holes to get some aeration. They typically store for at least a week in the refrigerator. For longer storage and to avoid diseases we should not wash these until we are ready to eat or cook them. If you want to have the best salad mix around try growing some of these Asian green mixes in your vegetable garden.