One goal for the Hospitality Garden is to provide fresh- from -the -neighborhood vegetables to the culinary program at City Tech. Seeds have been planted in the hopes that they will produce edibles after classes start, at the end of August. Like a ballet, or souffle, so much depends on Timing.
According to the seed catalog, Striata d’ Italia needs 50 – 60 days to reach maturity; but Shellita and Dah wei poked a half dozen seeds into a few hills on June 20. This Wednesday, just 40 days after going into the ground, these great sprawling plants have produced a pair of mature, lovely, green-stripped zukes. Apparently they thrive in the heat and humidity that wilts us. Delicious. As are the early maturing mustard greens.
Some plants are born into greatness, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. Where does Striata fall in this?