An increased awareness of the environment/ecology
Concerns about the quality and safety of fresh fruits and vegetables
An interest in becoming more sustainable/self sufficient
Regardless of the reason – vegetable gardens are becoming a visible part of the landscape.
Along with this increased interest in gardening, folks are incorporating a variety of “sustainable” cultural practices. (FYI - sustainable is the in vogue term now used in place of organic). Things like rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, “sensible” fertilizer use, composting, heirloom vegetables and so on. There’s no end to the many ways gardeners can preserve and protect our valuable natural resources.
I must admit – even though I don’t have a vegetable garden I have the gardening bug. I get it around this time every year when I see turnip and mustard greens at the grocery store. So – this past week I bought 2 beautiful bunches of mustard greens and some fresh turnips and made up a pot of greens and turnips. It looked great but tasted like !@#$. The greens were kind of tough and the turnips were over-cooked. So help me out here. What did I do wrong? Please give some suggestions on preparation. Thanks, GG