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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Beyond the Frying Pan

Looking for some late season vegetables and herbs to add more than just splash to the dinner plate? Swiss chard, Kale, Brussel sprouts, Arugula, Radicchio, Sage, Thyme and Parsley give color and texture late into the season plus offer plenty of culinary options. Since July, our Swiss chard ‘Bright Lights’ (photo above) has been kicking out bold spikes of color. A great green for saut├ęs, Swiss chard is a bit milder than spinach, which also does well late into the season. A note to the kitchen cook - the flavors intensify with these veggies during the cooler weather.

Beyond the frying pan, let's fast forward to design. Looking for ideas on how to lay out a beautiful and tasty culinary garden? Here is an example of a late October garden patch in northern England. This display shows how you can arrange the plants with a bit of formality.

Think beyond the standard vegetable rows and get a bit more geometrical or organic with free-flowing drifts. There is no standard rule, no right or wrong. If you are limited for space, you can always try your luck with containers. Don’t run out of steam because your tomatoes are done for the season. Keep this group of plants in mind as you compile your seed order for next year’s garden. As Orison Swett Marden says, “It is like the seed put in the soil - the more one sows, the greater the harvest.”

Photos by Greg Bilowz

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