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Ma-in-law's happy

Post  ander217 on 10/15/2010, 8:43 pm

Some of you may remember the SFG boxes my hubby made for his mother back in the summer. (A 1'x4' positioned against the house so that she could work them while using her walker, and a 1'x2' on the ground for tomatoes and a trellis.) She had mixed success with her tomatoes, green beans, chard, and zinnias during the extremely hot summer, but she loved working in her six-square garden.

A few weeks ago she yanked out all her summer plants and my husband helped her plant all the squares in mixed greens, - Tendergreens, mustard, and kale. I don't think the kale came up, but she has a bumper crop of Tendergreens and mustard.

She phoned me last night to tell me she had a mess of greens cooking on the stove, and a pan of cornbread in the oven. She was one happy lady.

It would have never happened without SFG. She's already thinking about what to plant next year, and I'm wondering when she'll start hinting that she thinks she has enough room for more TT boxes. This worked out very well for her.

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Post  Megan on 10/15/2010, 11:22 pm

+1 cheers

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Post  Chopper on 10/15/2010, 11:28 pm

Truly wonderful. smiles

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Post  Megan on 10/16/2010, 5:24 pm

@ander217 wrote:A few weeks ago she yanked out all her summer plants and my husband helped her plant all the squares in mixed greens, - Tendergreens, mustard, and kale. I don't think the kale came up, but she has a bumper crop of Tendergreens and mustard.

Um.... what are tendergreens?

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Post  ander217 on 10/17/2010, 7:43 am

Megan, when I was a kid we knew this green as mustard-spinach. I think it's a member of the mustard family but it's much milder than regular mustard greens. It has smooth leaves and it matures faster than mustard. It tastes sort of like a cross between spinach and mustard.

It's a good green to mix with mustard if you want to tone down the pungency.


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A green by any other name...

Post  ander217 on 10/17/2010, 8:21 am

Out of curiosity I just googled Tendergreen and mustard spinach. It's the same green that's also called Komatsu or Komatsuna in Japan. It's listed on one seed company site as an evergreen Asian green for warm climes where it grows year 'round. It said it is good for salt pickling.

Another company listed it as Tendergreen or Spinach-mustard.

All the photos for them looked just like mine. So you may already be growing it under a different name.

It is growing twice as fast as the mustard in my garden. I really recommend it for anyone wanting to try growing greens for the first time, but thinks straight mustard or turnip greens are too pungent.

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Post  quiltbea on 10/17/2010, 12:32 pm

How great that Mom can enjoy fresh veggies. I'll bet she'll want more beds next spring so she can get her hand in more often.
A few more boxes are in her future, I'm sure.

I know I'm always grateful to my son for building my boxes for me since I didn't have the strenth. Even a 12" raised bed makes gardening much easier on my old aching back ,bringing the soil closer. Less bending needed.

Narrower is better as one gets older. Mine are all 4x4, but if any are ever built again, I'll want them 2 x 6 instead.


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