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Growing Tips: Saku Saku

Jul 24, 2023

Sweet and oblong shaped, this Japanese brassica can grow up to 14 inches in diameter with big leaves, shallow veins, and a delicate texture that provides a crisp, delicious bite ideal for creating fresh salads and livening up wraps and katsu. In fact, Saku Saku in Japanese means crispy!

Transplanting Saku Saku

Jul 24, 2023

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

Apr 11, 2023

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

Mar 7, 2023

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.

Harvesting: Zuccurì

Sep 7, 2021

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

Sep 7, 2021

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

Aug 19, 2021

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

Aug 18, 2021

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

Jul 28, 2021

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 

Jun 21, 2021

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.  

Transplanting: Fioretto and Shishimai 

Jun 21, 2021

In this article, Chris explains his methods for transplanting Fioretto and Shishimai seedlings into home gardens and fields. He points out important considerations such as when to transplant, soil and irrigating.

Growing Tips: Shishimai

Mar 2, 2021

Learn how to grow this Shishito pepper, which is named after the Japanese version of the lion dance, as the head of the pepper is said to resemble a lion! This seasonally grown sweet and small capsicum is typically grown in the warmer months as flowering temperatures are between 72 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. 


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