Bountiful Brookline has been growing arugula in our new hoops houses this Fall (
click here to read more about the hoop house construction
). I just harvested the last of this delicious green, which isn’t hardy enough to survive through the dead of winter. Arugula is a extremely nutritious, high in vitamins A, C, and K; B-complex vitamins; copper and iron minerals; phytochemicals; and anti-oxidents.
It seems slightly early to be thinking of next year’s garden (it doesn’t even feel like winter yet!), but 2012 seed catalogs have already begun to arrive in my mailbox. Flipping through the pages, I am enchanted by the colorful photos of so many different varieties of vegetables and I always come across a beautiful heirloom seed that I have never heard of before. While I think every gardener should take a much-deserved break in the winter months, I also don't think it's ever too early to start planning for next season. (And for those of us who can never seem to get enough of working in the dirt, planning provides us with reasons for daydreaming of lush gardens!)