Thursday, July 21, 2011

Growing Soybeans! Edamame!

This year, I wanted to try growing different varieties of vegetables in the garden. However, I was scared to spend a ton on seed packets for plants I've never grown before. So, I did some seed swaps so that I could try new veggies, to see if I liked growing them.  I got these Edamame seeds from Allison over at The Life of a Novice.  Of the 5 seeds I direct sowed, 3 germinated.  All three have pods growing.  I am so excited.  I love Edamame steamed with sea salt.  It is absolutely delicious and incredibly healthy.  These were so easy to grow, they will definitely return to my garden!
Attention urban gardeners, I received an email the other day about an interesting event going on next Monday in Manhattan.  The event is about Growing Your Own Produce in an Urban Environment.  See details below.

(July 13, 2011 - New York, NY) PHAIDON | STORE at 83 Wooster Street in SoHo, New York and Diner Journal, are pleased to announce an evening celebrating the bounty of summer with the panel discussion “Taking Root: Growing Your Own Produce in Urban Environments,” followed by a cocktail reception. Participating in the panel will be Eric Demby (Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg), Ian Cheney (co-creator of the documentary film King Corn and Truck Farm) and Michael Grady Robertson (Grady’s Farm).

WHERE: PHAIDON | STORE at 83 Wooster Street (at Spring Street) in SoHo

WHEN: Monday, July 25, 2011, doors at 6:30pm; panel discussion to begin promptly at 7:00pm, cocktails to follow

To celebrate the book publication of the cookbook and produce farming almanac Vegetables From an Italian Garden, Phaidon Store will host an evening dedicated to teaching attendees how to grow their own produce, even in the most limited of urban landscapes. The evening will include a panel discussion on urban farming and sustainable agricultural practices with cocktails to follow.

Speaking in conversation will be filmmaker and environmental advocate Ian Cheney, co-creator of the PBS Peabody award-winning documentary King Corn and founder of Truck Farm, a “1/10000th acre farm-on-wheels,” Michael Grady Robertson, former Director of Agriculture for the Queens County Farm Museum and current owner of Grady’s Farm, a 62 acre farm in the Hudson Valley and Eric Demby, co-founder of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, the Brooklyn Flea food market.

To celebrate the publication of Vegetables From an Italian Garden (Phaidon, 2011).

Required, please email VEGETABLES to


  1. Yeahhhh! I am so glad they are growing for you! Mine are doing pretty good now too, and actually, I think about ready to harvest!

  2. Soybeans are a fun crop, aren't they? So easy --I put them in didn't give them a second thought til they were harvested.

    If you go to the lecture, I'd be interested to know how the turnout is. I plan a lecture series in NYC and up until now, we haven't had much of a turnout for gardening talks. I'm thinking that could be changeing though...

  3. I planted a 4' row of edamame beans too and only about 4" sprouted. But, like you, I'll get to try something new and see how they grow. Steamed with sea salt, huh? Sounds worth a try.

  4. Ooh! I LOVE edamame! How cool that you're growing them - glad most of the seeds you planted made it. Are they bushy or do they climb?

    Thanks for the event info as well - you're always on top of this stuff! I have an audition that night, but if anything changes, maybe I'll see you in soho?

  5. We grew them for the deer before.

    Before it was as popular as they are now.

  6. I only discovered this year that I love edamame, after trying a Trader Joe's recipe for edamame in a cold summer salad. Now i'm hooked and I wanted to try growing them, but i was about a month too late for planting.

    Can you go into more detail about their requirements? How big do they get, when to harvest? I assume they'd be easy since they're a legume.


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