Celery – Growing up on the farm we grew a LOT of Celery – and I spent much of my youth “watering the celery” – because this is a veggie that likes to drink! Alnong with Kale we are seeing more celery being ‘juiced’ – so more folks are trying it… BUT celery is one of the more difficult vegetables to grow, so beginner vegetable gardeners are not encouraged to try. However, gardeners that are up to a challenge love to grow this very versatile veggie. Make sure you provide the plants with plenty of water, sun and rich, well composted soil. Used in ancient times as a medicinal herb, celery is incredibly rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This combined with the fact that it has no calories makes it a winning vegetable all around.
Kale – Supermarkets are reporting they are selling 4 times more Kale this year than last – and I think juicing is the reason! Kale is super added to almost any juice recipe! Kale, a non-heading member of the cabbage family is a leafy vegetable that is usually grouped into the “Cooking Greens” category with collards, mustard and Swiss chard. Kale looks like a darker green version of collards but with frills. It also has a stronger flavor and a somewhat coarser texture. The leaves can be curly and quite ornamental. Kale likes cooler temperatures and grows best as a spring or as a fall crop. Kale is rich in Vitamins A and C, high in potassium, calcium and iron, and is a good source of fiber.
Carrots – OK – so the real reason I grow most of my veggies in a raised garden bed is so that I can pull weeds in the evening without spilling my Merlot…. But my second best reason for raised beds is that I can grow nice Carrots! Carrots come in various forms and colors. Most are orange, but recently new colors such as purple and yellow have become very popular. Carrots are loaded with vitamins, especially vitamin A. On top of being good for you, carrots taste good whether cooked or raw. The sweetness of carrots makes them very popular such dishes as muffins, cakes and puddings. Make sure your soil is well cultivated at least to the depth of the anticipated length of your carrot variety or you will end up with short crooked roots. Carrots grow very well in raised gardens, where the soil is well-tilled and rocks are not an issue.
Everybody should try this spectacular cauliflower. We use the finest variety available, with a beautiful lime green colouration and pointed domes. It can be eaten raw or cooked with a slightly sweeter, milder flavor. This vegetable has spectacular visual appeal. Romanesco is native to the Mediterranean coast and should be picked young. Excellent heat tolerance.
Cauliflower – When I was a kid we had to ‘tie-up’ the Cauliflower so it would turn white – let me tell you that was a fun job!! Our new varieties take care of that for you so now this is easy to grow… Cauliflower is among the tastiest of the brassica family. Having a reputation of being difficult to grow, the new varieties are earlier and will finish before it gets too hot. After citrus fruits, cauliflower is your next best source for vitamin C. It is also high in fiber, folic acid and potassium. Although well-known for their snowy white curds, colored cauliflower (lime green, purple and orange) are becoming very popular.
Red Cabbage One of my favourites for adding a salad just to pop the colour – or to cole slaw… Cabbage is high in vitamin C and B along with minerals and is an excellent source of calcium.