Cialis blood thinner It’s stir-fry season in the garden. Cialis blood thinner In between the flush of springtime crops like lettuce and peas and the lush summer season of cuke, cialis blood thinner zuke, cialis blood thinner and tomato fruits comes a lull wherein what’s available for dinner often turns out to be (as it was for me last night) two string beans, cialis blood thinner a handful of mustard greens, cialis blood thinner a bunch of arugula now too sharp to eat raw, cialis blood thinner one small yellow squash, cialis blood thinner the peas from five pods, cialis blood thinner and… some radish seedpods. Cialis blood thinner The only thing to do is make a stir-fry or (my favorite) cook up some spaghetti, cialis blood thinner let the heat of the pasta wilt the greens, cialis blood thinner saute everything else along with some basil and garlic greens (also from the garden) and mix it all up.
Cialis blood thinner I had the radish pods because I’m letting a couple of plants go to seed so that I can save the seeds for next year. Cialis blood thinner If you’ve ever seen the sprawling mess of a radish (or turnip or broccoli) plant flowering, cialis blood thinner then you understand the origin of such colloquial phrases as “seedy hotel” or “she let herself go to seed.” On the upside, cialis blood thinner the two radish plants that have taken over my little lettuce/mustard/onion patch are providing plenty of midday shade to keep the lettuce from bolting (suddenly growing a stalk, cialis blood thinner becoming bitterly inedible in the process).
Cialis blood thinner I *still* haven’t got a new battery for my camera, cialis blood thinner so we’ll have to make do with images from elsewhere. Cialis blood thinner Here, cialis blood thinner courtesy of the Wikimedia Commons, cialis blood thinner is what a radish plant looks like if you let it flower:
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Cialis blood thinner Flower of Wild Radish (Raphanus raphinistrum, cialis blood thinner Brassicaceae). Cialis blood thinner Photographed 17th August 2005 in the Presidio, cialis blood thinner San Francisco by Stephen Lea.
Cialis blood thinner After the flowers come the seed pods, cialis blood thinner which are bright green and about the size and shape of cayenne peppers, cialis blood thinner with about the same variety in size and shape as such peppers, cialis blood thinner ranging from short and plump to long and skinny. Cialis blood thinner You can see pictures of radish pods here and here.
Cialis blood thinner I consider radish pods one of the little luxuries of gardening, cialis blood thinner “gourmet” food that you can get only by grubbing in the dirt. Cialis blood thinner I suppose somebody probably sells them somewhere, cialis blood thinner but I’ve never encountered them outside of my own garden.
Cialis blood thinner Radishes themselves were among the first sweet surprises of gardening for me. Cialis blood thinner I first started gardening in 1993 as a result of LGBT “Pride” weekend in Michigan. Cialis blood thinner My friends who ran a feminist bookstore needed to spend the weekend at the festivities and I agreed to cover the store for the whole weekend, cialis blood thinner which was dead because most of the usual customers were also celebrating elsewhere. Cialis blood thinner Killing time, cialis blood thinner I picked up a basic how-to gardening book and soon found myself absorbed, cialis blood thinner reading every word of the details of how to plant carrots or make your own trellis. Cialis blood thinner “Tomatoes, cialis blood thinner” I thought dreamily, cialis blood thinner “truly sweet corn.” The next weekend, cialis blood thinner I dug up part of the backyard, cialis blood thinner thanking my lucky stars for having a landlord who lived in another country. Cialis blood thinner Before long, cialis blood thinner I learned what the word “grounded” really means.
Cialis blood thinner I also discovered what vegetables really taste like. Cialis blood thinner The juicy sharp-sweet piquancy of fresh radishes were a delightful surprise. Cialis blood thinner Later, cialis blood thinner I learned how very many varieties of radishes there are.
Cialis blood thinner So, cialis blood thinner let me go on for a moment to praise the lowly radish. Cialis blood thinner Easiest of all plants to grow, cialis blood thinner the radish is entirely edible, cialis blood thinner offering leaves, cialis blood thinner roots, cialis blood thinner flowers and seedpods over the course of its life. Cialis blood thinner That means that you can:
- eat the entire seedling when you thin the plants shortly after sowing, cialis blood thinner tossing them into salads or just rinsing and popping them into your mouth in the garden
- harvest a few leaves from each plant as it grows to toss into stir fries, cialis blood thinner include in batches of mixed greens, cialis blood thinner or any other use you can think of for a slightly spicy green (I like to chop them finely and cook them down with red lentils)
- use all of the greens from any plant that doesn’t seem to be forming a good root, cialis blood thinner perhaps because you didn’t thin or water them enough
- eat the roots raw or cooked, cialis blood thinner alone or in concert with other vegetables
- toss the flowers into salads for color and spice
- crunch young seedpods right out in the garden or bring in them inside for late-season salads
- steam or saute older seedpods
Cialis blood thinner Did I mention that they grow so quickly that some varieties mature in as few as 21 days? That means you can plant a crop in the spring, cialis blood thinner harvest it, cialis blood thinner and then use the same spot to grow a summer crop of something else.
Cialis blood thinner Anybody can grow radishes! It’s not to late for you to grow them too. Cialis blood thinner While it’s a bit hot to start radishes here in Maryland right now (they’ll bolt — flower before forming good roots) I used to start radishes in Michigan in June. Cialis blood thinner And anybody can wait until late summer to start radishes that will grow in the cooler autumn weather. Cialis blood thinner
Cialis blood thinner I hear they’re celebrating Pride in Minneapolis (where I just was) next weekend. Cialis blood thinner Maybe I’ll join in by crunching on a radish pod while remembering the Pride weekend that inspired me to start gardening.