When we were making our seed our a couple weeks back, we decided to add a few new items to the roster this year. Whether not we’ll have any success with these new things remains to be seen, but experimentation is just part of gardening! So here’s a rundown of what’s new.
Okra’s one of those funny veggies that you either really understand or really don’t. Can’t say that it makes regular appearances on our dinner plates, but that’s going to change if we get a good crop. Not only is okra a great thing to add to soups and stews, but its supposed to be good pickled. And pickling is a preservation tactic we hope to make Use of this year.
Speaking of pickling, this year we also decided to try our hand at pickled radishes, which is how they made to cut. We know that radishes are supposed to be remarkably easy to grow in just about any climate, so hopefully they won’t be any problem.
3. Alpine strawberries
Though we have a regular strawberry plant, (that’s been doing quite well, even in the harsh cold were experiencing now!) when we learned of little, sweet alpine strawberries from Baker Creek, we had to give them a chance. We’d like to increase our berry production generally, but aren’t sure about planting a bunch of live plants yet. The alpine strawberries seem like a good step in the right direction.
The newest addition to our herb planters this year is stevia. (Though we might pot it indoors, maybe.) Several years ago we switched to using powdered stevia, the kind in the packets at the grocery store, specifically for sweetening drinks. Though we’re not sure yet just how to use stevia leaves, let alone process it for regular use, we figured we’d give it a go just to see what kind of results we can get from it.
We loooove making fresh salsa, so tomatillos seemed like a good addition to the garden if only to try to make green (or purple, as you can see above) salsa. Of course, tomatillos have more uses, right? And we look forward to discovering them! Not only that, but our luck with another husk fruit — ground cherries — also lent to our choice to try to grow tomatillos.
One way or another, this is going to be an interesting year in the garden. We’re in the process of readying for seed starting, so exciting times are ahead!