Tender asparagus spears are one of the first vegetables to harvest in Spring. It's easy to grow asparagus in your garden, and it will produce for years and years.
Varieties: There are two types of asparagus: all-male varieties like Jersey Giant, Jersey Supreme and Jersey Knight; or male/female varieties like Mary Washington. The all-male types can produce more spears, but the male/female plants can potentially make seeds and multiply.
Planting: While you can grow asparagus from seed, it’s much easier to grow it from roots, called crowns. Learn everything you need to know about growing asparagus in your garden.
Recipe: I love to stir-fry asparagus with a bit of butter and brown sugar, or add it to Homemade Fried Rice.
The biggest danger to cabbage (in my garden, anyway) is from critters like slugs and cabbage worms. Here's a neat trick I use to keep the bugs away from my precious crop.
Varieties:Copenhagen Market is my favorite cabbage to grow. It was developed in 1909 and is the standard for many varieties that were developed after it. It’s great for small gardens and container gardens.
Planting: Start seeds indoors in January using DIY Seed Starting Mix, and transfer out to the garden in February.
Recipe: My favorite cabbage dish is so easy, you don’t need a recipe. Fry up diced bacon and onions in a pan. Then add chopped cabbage and stir-fry until the cabbage is just softened. Yum!
Going out to the garden to pick a salad for dinner is the best! And, of course, the foundation for a delicious salad is great lettuce.
Varieties:Little Gem Romaine is a petite heirloom variety that has a crisp texture and nutty flavor.
Planting: Lettuce is a cool-weather crop, so plant it in a shady area. Space your seeds or seedlings about 1 foot apart and ¼” deep. Keep the soil moist and watch for garden pests. Learn more about growing romaine lettuce.
Recipe: When you've picked all the vegetables for your salad, top it off with some homemade croutons.