I remember the first time I saw one of my cilantro plants bolt. I thought to myself, “I don’t remember cilantro from the grocery store having flowers…what’s going on here?” After a visit with Mr. Google, I learned all about what was going on. Bolting is the process when a plant transitions from primarily leafy growth, to flower and seed production. It is essentially a last ditch effort for the plant to spread its seeds and ensure survival of the next generation, which is why it is often also referred to as “going to seed”. You’ll know your plant has begun to bolt because it will suddenly produce growth that almost looks like broccolini.
Believe it or not, I did not eat radishes until a few years ago. I always thought they were beautiful, but I was someone who ate around them when I found them in my salads. In fact, it was gardening that sparked my interest in the vegetable after years of avoiding them.
Ah, grocery shopping for one. How many of us have experienced the struggle? Anything prepackaged is frequently overly processed, and buying in bulk is difficult without having at least some of it go bad- especially if we’re buying organic. It seems like most bunches of fresh vegetables in the grocery store or farmers markets are catered to couples. Cue the oh so convenient and delicious frozen chicken nuggets and ovenbake pizzas (guilty).