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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:49 pm

Anybody plant escarole in their SFGs ? I'm thinking about trying it since I love eating it.
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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:19 pm

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Post  camprn on Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:53 pm

I bought some starts today at the big orange box store Very Happy

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:30 pm

@camprn wrote:I bought some starts today at the big orange box store Very Happy

What's the spacing for those? I'd like to add those to my list of things to grow this year. I love escarole.

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Post  camprn on Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:57 pm

I lied, I bought radicchio. Here is a link for escarole. Probably 2 per square, in the corners.

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:00 pm

@camprn wrote:I lied, I bought radicchio. Here is a link for escarole. Probably 2 per square, in the corners.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:55 am

I grew escarole in the spring of 2016. I don't know if you're still lurking, Too Tall Tomatoes, but I did have one of my escarole heads with Italian sausage! According to the link camprn provided, I lucked out, it didn't bolt before it reached full size even though I grew it in spring. My spring endive (which, fascinatingly, is same species as escarole, but a different subtype) didn't bolt either, but rotted in the centers, probably because I didn't harvest it on time.



Somehow I assumed I could/should grow escarole and endive the same as lettuce (4/sq). It worked out pretty well, but it crowded out the other lettuces by the time it was ready. 2/sq is probably more accurate. Or maybe one could plant more towards the corner of a corner square and let the leaves stick out over the edge, and plant the other 3 quarters of the square with leaf lettuce.

I think due to fungus gnat maggots in my indoor seed starting area, my fall planting of escarole and endive failed at the seedling stage --same with my fall radicchio.

For my successful spring radicchio I think I did an awkward 3/2sq because it was in the non-ANSFG portion of my garden. It was tight, 1/sq is probably more reasonable, especially if adjacent squares are lush. But I grew Palla Rossa Mavrik, which is a round variety. An oval variety ?"Rossa di Treviso" might work perfectly well with 2/sq. Or maybe there are other round varieties that are smaller than the one I got.

I plan to grow escarole, endive, and radicchio again this year. I ordered seeds for Castelfranco radicchio yesterday because I love variegated. (I was about to say plants because I like spotted lettuces and spotted dry beans... but I also like spotted cowrie shells, tortoiseshell cats, and appaloosa horses!)
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:46 pm

Here's an endive and an escarole in the OSFG at one per square (chervil to the left, crosnes behind.)


These were the back-ups that I sowed indoors, and then couldn't just cull. Since some other things didn't survive, they each got their own square.

I also grew some at 4/sq w/ lettuce again this year. Here's a square (photographed several weeks earlier than the above) with an endive, escarole, and 2 lettuces. The plan was to harvest the lettuces to give the other two more room, but I think I've only harvested one of them so far.


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