Today I planted three vegetables that are often overlooked. New and experienced gardeners alike coddle their tomatoes and sweet peppers, but few even think to plant rutabagas, kohlrabi and turnips. But man, do we love these veggies at our house! They really taste good, promise!
Rutabagas are truly ugly.
AND are commonly grown as feed for livestock. Yeah, its reputation isn’t glorious. The first time I got my hands on some, though, I whipped up a batch of buttery, mashy bagas and was instantly hooked!
Turnips and kohlrabi are equally delicious raw or fried. We snack on both as matchstick veggies, thinly slice them up on salads, grate them for fun texture and have even wrapped them up in sushi rolls. Fried turnips are also a quick and excellent side to your morning eggs.
Plus, all three veggies have massive amounts of edible greens, which we easily freeze to liven up our winter stews!
Kohlrabi is a popular vegetable in other parts of the world. Serve this recipe to your family and you’ll be planting it in your own garden: http://bongong.com/recipe/dum-monj
Let’s get planting!
All three of these underappreciated veggies have tiny seeds.
While they should be grown 4-6 inches apart, I don’t have enough restraint… Every time I feel like that tiny amount of seed just isn’t enough! (yes I know they really fill in, yes I know thinning is tedious work…)
Prep your bed. I like to loosen the soil, pull out the vigorous grass roots that are growing before the snow is even gone, mix in some compost and rake the bed out nice and flat.
Some people grow all their veggies in a nice straight row. I’m more of a patch kind of gal. I think I fit more in when I plant in patches. I find it easier to work with when thinning and weeding, plus I like how full the garden bed looks this way. So determine how much of your garden you want to devote to these lovely veggies and sprinkle. Yes, I just sprinkle the itty bitty seeds here and there … and sprinkle a little extra for good measure. Finally, I lightly jiggle the soil with a rake (seeds this small don’t need to be covered much) and seal the deal with a gentle watering, or as luck would have it – snatch the baby and run inside just as the rain starts to pour!
Then they pop up like this and I have some thinning to do 🙂 But don’t forget, those little greens are edible!