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The Fields Edge: Meet Alex Wenger

It’s not very often that you are in a room full of plant breeders – the scientists and seed savers behind our diverse...

Growing Tips: Saku Saku

Saku Saku, meaning "crispy" is a sweet salad cabbage. Easy to grow in spring or fall, this variety holds well in the field and offers layers of paper-thin, crisp leaves selected for their raw eating quality. Learn more about growing tips for this salad cabbage. 

Transplanting Saku Saku Cabbage

You've successfully sown your Saku Saku and seen them sprout out of their seed coats, or maybe you've bought cabbage seedlings at your local farm or garden center – what's next? We are sharing some tips for transplanting your baby cabbage plants into the ground.  

The Many Types of Negi

Is Negi the same as scallions, or green onions? How are they related to Leeks? How many types of Negi are there? “Negi” can be a confusing term as it is used to describe a few different types of Allium fistulosum. When translated, Negi becomes “green onion”, but this doesn’t work too well when you dig deeper.

Shishimai Sowing Tips

Depending on where you are in the world, Shishimai is generally sown indoors in the winter, in preparation to sow outside once the weather warms.  Here are a few tips to get your Shishimai off to a great start.

How does "hilling" work in Negi production?

For the characteristic long white stalk – the blanched portion is where the subtle sweet allium flavor is – Negi must be "hilled", sort of like you would when growing potatoes. Soil is pushed to cover the plants so only the green tip is exposed, making the plants elongate further to reach for sunlight. Read on to learn more about how Negi is hilled in Japan. 

Harvesting: Zuccurì

Chris takes us to Beloian Farms in the Central Valley of California, an organic farm that grows Zuccurì. We will find out what to look for and learn how to detect when it is ready to harvest. 

Growing: Zuccurì

Today Chris takes us to his farm, San Benito roots in Hollister, CA to breakdown Zuccurì growing. Sometimes it can be hard to gauge how your plants are doing and what to do if they need some assistance. Chris gives us tips on how to check on plant health and production and how to mitigate issues in the garden or field. 

Negi Cultivation

In this video, Chris takes us through Negi cultivation and shows us how to get the most out of our Negi crop. We lear...

Harvesting: Shishimai

Chris takes us to Tomatero Farms in Watsonville, California where they are growing organic Shishimai peppers. Their process is organic, over plastic and under hoophouses. Chris explains how and when to harvest Shishimai and gives us some pointers for getting the most from our plants.

Transplanting: Negi

This article breaks down how to transplant Negi (Japanese bunching onion) for a successful growing season. Our expert, Chris, explains transplanting for both commercial and home gardeners. 

Transplanting: Zuccurì 

This article gives a breakdown of how to successfully transplant Zuccurì into your field or home garden. Chris outlines the preparation and irrigation needed for your plants to have the best chance at thriving once they are in the ground.  

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