Art by <A HREF="http://www.ericahauser.com/">Erica Hauser</A>.

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  • A hearty bunch of Zamboni Raab.

Zamboni Broccoli Raab

Brassica rapa
Smooth as ice!

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The son of Italian immigrants, Frank Zamboni Jr got into the block ice business in the 1920s. When he saw the threat of new-fangled electric refrigerators, he applied his icy expertise to smoothing out the pastime of ice skating. Old fashioned rinks got bumpy and it could take two hours for a crew of five to smooth out the rink. Zamboni pieced together the first automatic ice re-surfacer in 1949, reducing the maintenance time to 15 minutes and smoothing the way for generations of figure skaters, hockey players, and embarrassingly awkward dates. We're not exactly sure how this Raab got it name, but it fits like a tightly laced skate. Zamboni Raab is of Italian descent, loves chilly weather, has a smooth shiny leaf, and grows fast.
Number of Seeds 250
Spacing in Row 4 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Planting Depth 1/4 inch
Days to Germination 3-10 days
Days to Maturity 42 days
Height at Maturity 18 inches
Width at Maturity 8 inches
Direct sow in spring, as early as 4 weeks before last frost. Sow in successions every two weeks until late spring for continuous harvests; then sow in successions 8-10 weeks before first frost for fall harvests. Spring and summer sowings may need protection from flea beetles, try covering with row cover as soon as seeds are sown. Harvest once plants are full and leafy and have produced florets. Each planting can be harvested once.
Art by Erica Hauser. Erica Hauser is a painter and illustrator who lives in Beacon, NY. She grew up in Brewster, NY, graduated with a BFA in 2002 from School of Visual Arts in NYC, and moved up to the Hudson Valley in early 2007 drawn by Beacon's creative inspiration, natural beauty, and diverse community. Her paintings embody themes of sense-memory and a vintage aesthetic, as well as an appreciative observation of the ordinary, from buildings and objects to nature and landscape.

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