Radishes: Easter Egg vs. French Breakfast

I grow a lot of radishes. My husband, who’s not keen on too many vegetables, loves them. As does his father, who regularly sits down to an entire bowl, which he eats plain except for a sprinkling of salt. So every spring I make sure to put in a healthy radish patch, just to make sure…

Mid-Spring Salade “Niçoise”

This salad isn’t made the way someone from Nice, France, would make it. For one, it has lettuce. And it doesn’t have any tomatoes. But it does have the trademark hard-boiled eggs and preserved tuna (even the Niçois wouldn’t dream of using fresh tuna in this dish!). And we combined those with the vegetables that…

Easter Egg Radishes–Not So Hot

My first radishes started maturing this week, a month after sowing. With so many crops that take two or three months to start producing a harvest, it’s nice to have something that feels (almost) like instant gratification. Nevertheless, I was a little disappointed with the result. I planted Easter Egg Radish Mix, for the variety…

Planting the Cold Frame

I was very proud of myself this winter when I finally got a decent cold frame built—and from all repurposed materials, which didn’t cost me a penny. I was even prouder when last week I took the temperature of the soil (with a meat thermometer!) and discovered it was five degrees warmer than in the…