Poking around at Perino’s Garden Center (3100 Veterans Boulevard, Metairie, LA), I discovered a small selection of “Franchi” brand imported Italian vegetable seeds, perfect for cool-weather gardening. Among the selection: various lettuces, turnips, and (my favorite) cimi di rapa, which is known by many other names, including broccoli rabe, friarielli (in Naples), and rapini.
A quick garden clean up (mostly pulling up Thai basil plants gone to seed), three inches of freshly dug compost, and a quick run-through with my nifty little Honda tiller, and I was ready to scatter the rapini seeds. A week’s diligent watering (we haven’t had a drop of rain for more than three weeks), and the magic of tiny green shoots appeared…
I also planted (standard) broccoli, bronze fennel, parsley, spearmint, and bunching onions. Soon, I’ll sow arugula seeds, along with slo-bolt cilantro, and culantro…if you’re looking for herb seeds, look no farther than Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for a huge variety of open-pollinated herbs, vegetables, and other edibles. (Open pollinated means you can save seeds from your own crops to create next year’s garden.)
Get some winter crops in the ground (or in a container garden) now…..