My colleague, food writer Julie Robinson, will be mad at me for this column. It is a topic that she could use for a food story, and when you're in the business of writing about the same subject week after week, we tend to fight over the good ones that fit in both "food" and in "gardening." Sorry Julie!
I've been searching for unusual greens to grow, and because our spring season went by with the blink of an eye, I've refined my search to greens that can tolerate a bit of heat. Typically, the leafy plants are cold-weather lovers.
Here are a few that I've discovered that I'm trying in my garden now:
Here's one I'll plant this fall when the temperatures drop a bit:
On a serious note, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is studying standards for marketing leafy greens with regard to quality and safety standards. The information from the USDA discusses including "handlers, farmers, importers, retailers, food service representatives and the public" on a board to oversee the National Leafy Green Marketing Agreement.
Reading this news release and listening to the podcast from the USDA made me more determined to cut out the middlemen (note the plural!) and just plant my own leafy greens.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.