19 June, 2013

Grow Your Own Burdock Root, a Liver-Tonic

Edible Burdock
Originally cultivated in China for medicinal purposes, this unique root has become a sought-after specialty in Japan. Flavorful and crunchy, burdock is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin B and minerals. Its nutty taste is delicious sautéed in combination with carrots or just some soy sauce and a bit of sugar, or it can be deep-fried in a tempura batter. Avoid rinsing this brown-skinned vegetable until you're ready to use it—in markets, it's sold with the dirt still lingering on the roots because it is quick to wilt when washed. The white flesh immediately discolors once peeled. You'll want to soak it in a mild vinegar solution until you're ready to cook it to maintain the color.~~Kitazawa Seed Company

Burdock Leaf

Burdock Root

The Prolific Shishito Pepper Plant of Japan

Shishito Peppers at Kitazawa Company of California
Lightly sautéed or deep-fried and then sprinkled with sea salt, sweet and piquant shishito peppers are becoming popular in the States. Kitazawa in Oakland, California offers shishito seeds:
Seed #083
This medium early, small, sweet, thin-walled glossy green pepper is popular in Japan. The fruits grow up to 3-4" long. Plant has a spreading habit and produces prolifically. Good for garden, greenhouse and open-field growing.
  • Warm season annual
  • Approx. 80-100 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
  • Maturity: Approx. 60 days
  • Planting season: Late spring to early summer
  • Buy seed packets from Kitazawa at $3.49 each

Cultivation: Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost date (or 8 weeks before expected transplanting date). Keep soil warm until emergence. Seeds will not germinate in cool soil and planting out too early may affect plant vigor. Harden off plants carefully before transplanting. Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Transplant in late spring/summer (soil temperatures at least above 60°F) in a very warm and sunny location. Fertilize as needed. Too much nitrogen will produce lush foliage and few fruits.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Excellent for tempura, yakitori, and sautéed. High in vitamins A and C.

10 June, 2013

Peach Tree in June

Summer Planting and Gardening Dates

June, 2013
10th-11th These are excellent days to plant flower-beds, vegetables, tomatoes and other and above-ground crops, including cotton and corn.
12th-15th Do not plant now; rather, do farm chores.
16th-18th Sow grains and plant above-ground crops now. Plant Flowers.
19th-20th Very favourable time to plant leafy vegetables. Above-ground crops and seed-beds planted now will flourish.
21st-22nd Poor Planting Days. Cut Hay Or Do General Farm Work.
23rd-25th Plant late root crops.
26th-27th Do not plant.
28th-30th Favorable time to plant late root-crops. Also good for vine-crops, strawberries and transplanting.
July 2013
1st-2nd Do not plant.
3rd-5th Transplanting will be successful; plant root-crops.
6th-7th Do not plant now.
8th-9th Plant flower-beds and above-ground crops.
10th-13th D not plant. Do farm-work and pest-control.
14th-15th Sow grains, plant seed-beds; these are very good days for all above-ground crops to be planted.
16th-17th Very good days for planting cabbage, cauliflower, and other leafy vegetables. Good for planting seedbeds.
18th-19th Do not plant now.
20th-22nd  The 20th and 21st  are favourable for planting above-ground crops. Last good day for planting root crops, including potatoes: 22nd.
23rd-24th: Do not plant. 
25th-27th Good for planting root-crops. Alsogood for planting melons, gourds, marrows and for trans[planting.
28th-29th Do not plant.
Transplanting will be successful; plant root-crops.
August 2013
Transplanting will be successful; plant root-crops.
2nd-3rd Do not plant seeds now.
4th-5th Plant seedbeds and flowers; t
ransplanting will be successful; plant root-crops.

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