Two Tough Greens

By Charlie Nardozzi

There's nothing like fresh greens from the garden in spring. Two of the stars in the early spring greens garden are arugula and kale. They are tough, cold tolerate, tasty, and nutritious. Here are two new varieties that are sure to pique some interest.

'Even Star Winter' arugula is one tough variety. It's claimed to withstand temperatures to 6 degrees F. It's a fast-growing variety that matures in 40 days from seeding. It also tolerates drought and poor soil fertility. 'Even Star' is best planted as a fall crop in warm areas, but is worth a try as a spring crop in cool locations.

Kale is a staple green in cool climates. Some, however, find the taste of curly kale varieties bitter and unappealing. Now the new 'Starbor Hybrid' kale claims to have no bitterness. The curly, dark, blue-green leaves grow 12- to 18-inches tall, mature in 55 days, have uniform color, and resist yellowing.

For more information on 'Even Star Winter' arugula, go to: Southern Exposure Seed Exchange . For more information on Starbor Hybrid' kale, go to: Johnny's Selected Seeds.

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