Vegetables to plant - vegetables to eat

Friday, June 13, 2014

Zeth Peterka
gardener and cook
Vegetables To Plant This Month in Your Garden

By Zeth Peterka

Now that it is spring and almost summer, you maybe starting to think about the garden and what you want to plant in it. Here are some vegetables that I have found to grow well in this region that you can plant in your garden this month. 
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnips
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Asian greens
  • Beets
  • Green beans, bush, and pole
  • Cilantro
  • Summer squash
  • Fennel
  • Kale
All of these plants you can plant outdoors from seed. 

Here is a great recipe that you can incorporate some of these vegetables into. (And if yours aren't ready to eat, try the Shoreline Farmers Market on Saturday or the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market on Sunday - both 10am to 3pm)

Borscht Soup

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 8 servings (2 quarts).


2 cups chopped fresh beets
2 cups chopped carrots
2 cups chopped onion
4 cups vegetable broth
1 can (16 ounces) diced tomatoes
2 cups chopped cabbage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Sour cream, optional


1. In a large saucepan, combine the beets, carrots, onion and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

2. Add tomatoes and cabbage; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Stir in salt, dill and pepper.

3. Top each serving with sour cream if desired. 

This dish takes a while to cook, but you will love the end result.


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