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Where to start for a total beginner?

Posted by chase_p Zone 7 (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 11, 09 at 2:36

Hi Guys,

I'll have a 4x8' garden and several pots/planters to fill next year and I was wondering what kind of veggies/herbs might be idiot-proof for the Seattle area. I plan on building another larger garden to play with next year, probably about 4x12'. The garden is full sun, but I have a few partially shady areas where I could set up some planters. We started with the basic western garden veggies this year.

I love to cook and both my wife and I will eat anything. Thanks for the help.

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RE: Where to start for a total beginner?

Various Asian greens, most of which are related to mustard or cabbage, are reliable, productive and useful. Baby bok choy would be a good one for starters. Also yu choy and gai lan.

There are many good Asian radishes. Daikon is fun to grow and can be used in many ways, raw or cooked.

Japanese greens, such as Mizuna or Misome are especially interesting.

Many of the greens have a tendency to bolt when warm weather arrives. Those with that tendency are best sown in mid summer so they mature in cooler weather.


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