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    When to Plant Cauliflower

    Cauliflower seedlings

    Set cauliflower seedlings in the garden about two or three weeks before the average last frost date, not earlier. Sow cauliflower seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before setting seedlings in the garden. Cauliflower grows best at 57° to 68°F (14°-20°C). Time cauliflower planting so that plants do not mature in hot, head-stunting summer weather. […] More

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    When to Plant Broccoli

    Broccoli seedlings

    Broccoli is cool-season annual commonly treated as a two-season crop with spring and late summer planting. Broccoli seedlings are usually transplanted to the garden after being started indoors. Seeds are sown indoors or in a cold frame 5 to 6 weeks before they are set in the garden. In spring, give broccoli an early start […] More

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    Planting Broccoli

    Broccoli planting

    Broccoli needs cool weather to grow–warm weather will cause the buds to “rice” or open as flowers. Broccoli is suited for springs that are long and cool or autumns where there is no Indian summer. Where winters are mild, start broccoli in fall for harvest in spring. Planting Calendar. Broccoli is a cool-season vegetable that […] More

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    Planting Cauliflower

    Cauliflower seeding in mulch

    Cauliflower can be expensive at the produce counter, but it can be a staple of the kitchen garden with cool weather and regular water. Cauliflower requires two months of cool weather to reach harvest. Protected from frost it is a good choice in the spring and autumn gardens. (Tips on cooking cauliflower, click here.) Cauliflower […] More

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    Artichokes and Mint Side Salad

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    Thin sliced baby artichoke hearts tossed with thin sliced mint leaves, a bit of chopped garlic, fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil then sprinkled with Parmesan cheese makes a tasty side salad. Baby artichokes are plentiful in spring. Artichokes are actually flower buds. You want to pick them while they are still tightly […] More

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    How to Cook Cauliflower

    cauliflower salad

    The perfect thing about cauliflower is that the size of the head is no indicator of quality. Big heads or small snack-sized heads–as long as they are fresh–will be equally tasty. Cauliflower is best harvested in late spring or fall when temperatures are moderate to cool. How to Choose Cauliflower Select heads of cauliflower that […] More

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    How to Prepare and Cook Broccoli

    Steamed broccoli

    Fresh broccoli will have a delicate flavor and texture. The peak season for broccoli is early fall through early spring. Cool-weather sweetens the taste of broccoli so for the best flavor fresh broccoli should come to the table before the weather warms. How to Choose Broccoli Select broccoli with tightly closed, compact bud clusters and […] More

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    How to Cook and Serve Artichokes

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    There are two harvest seasons for artichokes: a short one in early autumn and the main artichoke harvest from early spring to late spring. How to Choose an Artichoke Select artichokes that have crisp, tightly packed or closed leaves that are deep green in color. The leaves of a fresh artichoke will squeak when they are pressed […] More

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    Broccoli Raab and Rapini Cooked and Served

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    Broccoli raab and rapini are not synonymous, but when it comes to recipes they practically are. Broccoli raab [rob] has long, thin rich-green stems (6-9 inches/18-23 cm long) topped with scattered clusters of broccoli-like florets. The flavor is nutty and both pungent and zesty. Rapini [rah-PEE-nee] is similar to broccoli raab but with fewer florets […] More