Magazine article Sunset

Growing Fever

Magazine article Sunset

Growing Fever

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IF ANYONE HAD ASKED ME 10 years ago what to grow for a salad, I probably would have said romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers. I would have bought these plants as seedlings at my local nursery, a place that wouldn't have many other edibles on the shelves. Seeds? I thought they were for farmers, or at least for more serious gardeners than me.

Now it's 20?, and I'm poring over the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog like it's the J. Crew of plants. I want to order everything. Siamese Dragon stir-fry mix? Cardoons? Italian asparagus? They're all there. And cucumbers? 41 kinds. I have 5 other seed catalogs on my desk, and I'm daydreaming of wandering the edibles aisle at a nearby nursery.

I didn't become a farmer, of course, just someone increasingly interested in growing the same vegetables I've been tasting at my favorite restaurants (or spending too much to buy at the farmers' market). Why couldn't I grow these myself? I imagine many of you may be thinking the same thing. …

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