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Growing My Own Plants!

Planted a garden for the first time this spring. The edibles are growing and we ate our first Golden Swiss Chard leaves - sauteed and then on burgers. Yum! Used the following references to get started:

All new square foot gardening: grow more in less space! by Mel Bartholomew — Reads like an infomercial, but is chock full of great information to get started.

The food lover's garden by Mark Diacono ; photography by Mark Diacono ; recipe photography by Laura Hynd ; recipe development by Debora Robertson — Made my mouth water.

The beginner's guide to growing heirloom vegetables: the 100 easiest-to-grow, tastiest vegetables for your garden by Marie Iannotti — Love heirloom varieties.

Perennial vegetables: from artichoke to zuiki taro, a gardener's guide to over 100 delicious, easy-to-grow edibles by Eric Toensmeir [sic] — Perennials are always appealing to me, since they return year after year.

Homegrown vegetables, fruits, and herbs: a bountiful, healthful garden for lean times by Jim Wilson ; photography by Walter Chandoha


Anne Heidemann
Wed, 2012-06-20 15:59
How awesome! I haven't grown golden swiss chard before - what kind of flavor does it have?
Tue, 2012-07-17 15:36
It's kind of bitter-y, but I might just not be picking it soon enough. It was pretty good sauteed with garlic and lemon. I think we threw a little rosemary in once. We used the leaves on hamburgers, too (I know that's probably not too appealing, but the point is, it works as a lettuce/spinach sub).
Anne Heidemann
Tue, 2012-07-17 16:49
Nice! Thanks for the tips!