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    Turnip Growing Quick Tips

    Sowing: Sow turnips in early spring 4-6 weeks before the last expected frost for a summer harvest. (Sow every 3 weeks until midsummer for a succession of harvests.) Sow 6-8 weeks before the first expected frost in autumn for an autumn and winter harvest. Sow seeds ½” (13 mm) deep. Seeds will germinate in 3-10 […] More

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    Leeks Growing Quick Tips

    Leeks grow in winter

    Sowing: Start leeks indoors up to 12 weeks before the last spring frost. Sow seeds indoors in a warm, well-lighted location—in a bright window or under grow lights. Sow seeds ⅛” (3 mm) deep in seed starting mix. Firm lightly and keep mix just moist. Seedlings emerge in 8-16 days at 70°F (21°C). When seedlings […] More

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    Garlic Growing Quick Tips

    Sowing/Planting: Garlic is grown from cloves taken from garlic bulbs. The cloves are planted like seeds. Seed clove size is important: larger cloves yield bulbs larges than small cloves. Cloves should be chilled in storage at 41°F (5°C) for several months before planting. Garlic prefers short, cool days at the start of growth and long, […] More

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    Parsnips Growing Quick Tips

    Sowing: Sow parsnip seeds in spring for autumn harvest; sow seed 2-4 weeks before the last expected frost to 4 weeks after the last frost. In mild-winter regions sow in early summer for winter harvest or in autumn for a spring harvest. Sow seeds ¼-½” (6-13 mm) deep. Parsnips can be slow to germinate—from 5-28 […] More

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    Cauliflower Growing Quick Tips

    Sowing and Transplanting Cauliflower: Cauliflower requires slow, steady growth in cool weather. Hot weather will cause cauliflower to bolt or button up (cold weather will also cause cauliflower to button—not form full-sized heads). Start cauliflower in early spring 4-6 weeks before the last frost then transplant seedlings after the last frost. In mild-winter regions start cauliflower […] More

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    Potato Growing Quick Tips

    Planting: In cold winter regions, plant seed potatoes in spring as soon as the soil can be worked. For a summer crop where the soil temperature does not climb above 85°F (20°C), plant 2-3 weeks before the last frost. For a fall crop, plant in late spring. In mild-winter regions, plant in late winter—4 to […] More

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    Peas Growing Quick Tips

    Sowing: Peas are a cool-weather crop; they must mature before the weather gets hot. Sow pea seeds directly in the garden in early spring as soon as the soil can be prepared; sow 8 to 6 weeks before the last frost. For an autumn crop sow seeds about 12 weeks before the first frost date […] More

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    Cabbage Growing Quick Tips

    Follow these cabbage growing quick tips to get cabbage started today. Sowing cabbage: In mild-winter regions, sow cabbage from fall to late winter for a spring crop. Sow seed outdoors 6 to 4 weeks before the last frost. Start seed indoors 12 to 10 weeks before transplanting seedlings to the garden. Sow seeds indoors in […] More

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    How to Grow Bitter Melon

    Bitter melon is a favorite in Asian and Southeast Asian cooking. It can be stuffed with pork or shrimp and steamed or pickled or curried and served with meat or in soup. Bitter melons are—as their name suggests–a bitter and mouth-puckering acquired taste—something like the acquired taste of a grapefruit or very dark chocolate. The […] More

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    How to Grow Tomatillos

    The tomatillo is not a tomato but related to the tomato. Its fruit is used to make sauces and salads and is very popular in Mexican and Southwestern cuisine. The tomatillo has a sweet-sharp flavor recognizable in the green sauce used on chicken enchiladas and fresh green salsa for tortilla chips and tacos. The tomatillo […] More

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    Soybean Growing Tips

    The vegetable soybean (not the field soybean) can be used like green peas or lima beans or can be dried and used like navy beans or can be sprouted like Mung beans. Soybeans are the lowest-starch, highest-protein bean. The soybean is a sprawling bush legume much like a bush snap bean or lima bean. Plants […] More