In September, Peggy and I went to the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa. Maya Shiroyama from Kitazawa Seed Co. was an exhibitor there. I mentioned we had received a review copy of Japanese Farm Food by Nancy Singleton Hachisu at Edible East Bay. When I suggested the idea of growing the basic vegetables used in the recipes in the book, Maya started suggesting varieties for us to grow. (kitazawaseed.com) The spirited conversation continued and the idea to grow these in a test garden and blog about them was hatched.

So, here’s a photo of the seedlings that were planted a week ago.

Bunching Onion ‘Ishikura Improved’

Chinese Cabbage ‘Beka Santoh’

Lettuce ‘Okayama Salad’

Chrysanthemum Greens ‘Oasis’

Spinach Mustard ‘Komatsuna’

They are already out on the table in the elements and will be ready to transplant soon. The remaining root vegetables need to be direct sown which I’ll try to do this weekend.

Giant Radish (Daikon) ‘Tokinashi – All Season’

Turnip ‘Tokyo Market’

Edible Burdock ‘Salada Musume’

Our main raised bed doesn’t get much sun in the winter so I may plant them in the Earth Boxes once I remove the dead tomato plants. I’m excited to try this experiment and share the results with you . . .