Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 130: Favorite Spring Greens

Growing spring greens is an easy, satisfying project that takes very little time and very little garden space—you can even grow greens in containers! Homegrown spring greens will be fresher than any you can find at the grocery store or farmer’s market, and you can try varieties that aren’t commonly available, like ‘Red Streaked’ arugula or ‘Tokyo Bekana’ Chinese cabbage. If this episode inspires you to start some seedlings of your own, check out our article from Ira Wallace about options that go beyond the basic greens, and Carol’s article on growing your own salad mix.

Expert guest: Lucas Holman is director and lead horticulturist at the University of Tennessee’s Wilson County Agriculture Extension office in Lebanon, Tennessee.


Danielle’s Plants

'Danyelle' red oakleaf lettuce (credit: New England Seed)
‘Danyelle’ red oakleaf lettuce. Photo: New England Seed

‘Danyelle’ red oakleaf lettuce

Pea shoots
Pea shoots

Pea shoots

'Red Streaked' arugula (credit: courtesy of Sandy Merrill)
‘Red Streaked’ arugula. Photo: courtesy of Sandy Merrill

‘Red Streaked’ arugula

'Catalonian' chicory puntarelle (i.e. inner stalks)
‘Catalonian’ chicory puntarelle (i.e., inner stalks)

‘Catalonian’ chicory


Carol’s Plants

‘Tokyo Bekana’ Chinese cabbage
‘Tokyo Bekana’ Chinese cabbage

‘Tokyo Bekana’ Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa var. chinensis ‘Tokyo Bekana’)

Link to Ira Wallace’s article on greens.

Swiss chard: ‘Ruby Red’, ‘Bright Yellow’, ‘Peppermint’, ‘Oriole’
Swiss chard: ‘Ruby Red’, ‘Bright Yellow’, ‘Peppermint’, ‘Oriole’

Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris ‘Ruby Red’, ‘Bright Yellow’, ‘Peppermint’, and ‘Oriole’)






Expert’s Plants

Green onions, photo: Sydney Powell
Green onions. Photo: Sydney Powell

Green onions

Turnips, photo: Sydney Powell
Turnips. Photo: Sydney Powell


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  1. Kcemily 03/03/2023

    Hummm 🧐🧐 will you guys get this no idea..hope so. I listen to podcast all the time I have lists of plants for garden n it’s all your fault 🤣🤣
    So you do the greens from seeds but you did not mention when you put them in and if you put them directly into ground or begin seeds inside.

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