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    How to Grow Kale

    Grow kale

    Kale is a cool-weather crop that requires two months of cool weather to reach harvest. Sow seeds indoors or outdoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost in spring or as soon as the soil can be worked. Kale is commonly started indoors and transplanted into the garden when seedlings are 4 to 6 […] More

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    How to Grow Spinach

    Spinach is a cool-season annual. Plant spinach before the weather warms in spring and again as the weather cools in early autumn. Spinach doesn’t grow well during long hot summer days or in wet weather. Where to Grow Spinach Grow spinach in full sun. Grow spinach in partial shade in warm regions. Plant spinach in […] More

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    How to Grow Brussels Sprouts

    Brussels sprouts grow best in cool weather

    Brussels sprouts are a slow-growing but very bountiful crop. Planting Brussels sprouts from seed outdoors requires a very long, cool growing season. Timing is important when growing Brussels sprouts. In most regions, it is best to plant Brussels sprouts so that they come to harvest in autumn. Start seeds indoors 12 to 14 weeks before […] More

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    Planting Lettuce

    Lettuce seedlings

      Ready to stretch your growing season: get an early start in spring or keep the season going in autumn? Lettuce is your choice. Lettuce does not like warm days and nights, so the cool time of the year is the lettuce season. You can lengthen your growing season dramatically with a lettuce box–that’s a […] More

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    Planting Cabbage

    Cabbage can be harvested nearly all year round as long as the weather stays cool. The key to planting cabbage is to choose the season in your region where cabbage will grow and come to harvest in cool weather. Plant cabbage in early to mid spring for harvest mid summer onward. Plant autumn cabbage in late […] More

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    Planting Brussels Sprouts

    Plant Brussels sprouts so that they come to harvest in cool weather. Planting Calendar. Brussels sprouts are best grown in cool weather, usually in early spring or autumn. Sprouts require from 80 to 110 days with daylight temperatures below 80ºF (27ºC) and nighttime temperatures even lower. Brussels sprouts are frost hardy and will tolerate temperatures […] More

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    Nopales

    Nopales are the tear-shaped, hand-sized leaves or pads or “paddles” of the prickly pear cactus. Nopalitos are nopales (pronounce no-PAH-les)–cactus spines removed–cut into bite-sized squares or strips. To make nopalitos en salsa verde, steam or boil nopalitos until tender crunchy then re-cook in a sauce of puréed tomatillos, onion, garlic, cilantro, and jalapeño chiles boiled […] More

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    Red Butter Lettuce

    There’s a reason they call it butter lettuce: it melts in your mouth. Butter lettuce is buttery and tender from the first bite. Serve red butter lettuce alone or as a colorful addition to salad greens. Red butter lettuce is a good match to light vinaigrette or lemon and oil mix. It is a colorful […] More

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    Mizuna: Kitchen Basics

      Mizuna has a mild and tangy flavor. Toss young mizuna leaves in a mixed salad. Larger leaves—which can have a mustardy or bitter-green tang–are best cooked briefly. Mizuna is sometimes called potherb mustard. Mix mizuna with other salad greens and mesclun or add shredded mizuna leaves to soups and stir-fries at the end of […] More