Our True Leaves are Showing!

Delicate strawberry flowers

Strawberries in bloom

 

So since my last gardening post we’ve put in lots of new seed and plants – kale (several varieties), strawberries, carrots, turnips, onions, three types of carrots, radish, beets, more and more varieties of lettuce, and jerusalem artichoke.

 

And many of their true leaves are beginning to develop! Did you know that the first leaves that show themselves from seed are called cotyledons, or “seed leaves?” They contain a significant part of the embryo within the seed of the plant. Here’s what a cotyledon looks like for a carrot plant.

Carrot cotyledons

Speaking of carrots. Two avid gardeners – and Tai Chi classmates – gave me some Ya Ya carrot seed. Reason is, a month or so ago they shared some Ya Ya carrots right out of their garden. I didn’t know carrots could taste like that. The most yummy, sweet carrots ever. I mean ever. Order some seed if you plant carrots. Or I can give you some seed next season – would be happy to share if we’re lucky enough to have a good crop!

 

The stunning dinosaur kale, Lacinato

The stunning dinosaur kale, Lacinato

Stewart is totally enamored with Dinosaur kale. It has decidedly bumpy leaves, hence the name. He just told me that it has historically been a favorite ingredient in Italian cooking. Check out the Italian name – Lacinato.

Each morning I get my coffee or tea and saunter out to the garden gate, open gently, walk the lovely path and see how much everything has grown in one day. It’s quite amazing.¬†We still have more weeding and planting to do. How great the garden is looking though. I love springtime!

Gotta trade typing for mulching now,
Marion