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    Swiss Chard Cooking and Serving Tips

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    Swiss chard can be served raw or cooked. Swiss chard leaves have a hearty, yet mild spinach flavor. Swiss chard stalks have a delicate, celery-like taste and crunch. Serve chard greens raw alone or in a mixed green salad. You can also cook chard greens just like spinach. Swiss chard, chard, silverbeet, spinach beet, leaf […] More

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    When to Plant Rhubarb

    Rhubarb shoots

    Rhubarb can be grown from seeds or crowns. Plant rhubarb crowns as soon as the soil can be worked in spring, about 4 to 5 weeks before the last frost. Start rhubarb seeds indoors 5 to 7 weeks before the last frost; transplant seedlings into the garden after the last frost. Rhubarb crowns can also […] More

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    When to Plant Asparagus

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    Asparagus can be started from seeds or crowns. Plants grown from seed commonly produce a larger number of slightly bigger and more tender spears. Set out seedlings 12-inch seedlings 4 weeks after the last frost. Sow seeds indoors 12 to 14 weeks before planting out. Soak seeds overnight in tepid water to improve germination. Plant […] More

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    When to Plant Kohlrabi

    Kohlrabi seedlings

    Kohlrabi is a cool-season crop. Sow seeds in the garden 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost. Sow seeds indoors for transplanting out 6 to 8 weeks before setting them in the garden. Set kohlrabi transplants in the garden 5 weeks before to 2 weeks after the last frost. Make succession plantings every two […] More

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    When to Plant Celery

    Celery seedlings

    Grow an early and late or main crop of celery each growing season. The early crop will be harvested in August; the late crop will be harvested in September or October, before the first fall frost. Start celery seed indoors. Sow seed for the early or August harvest in February. Set young plants in the […] More

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    Rhubarb Planting Time

    Rhubarb stalks

    Plant rhubarb in late winter or early spring. Rhubarb is a perennial so choose a spot where it can grow and thrive for up to 10 years. Three or four root crowns will produce all of the rhubarb you can eat. Bare-root rhubarb rhizomes are most readily available for sale in nurseries in late winter […] More

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    Asparagus Growing

    Asparagus shoots

    Asparagus requires a carefully chosen site. It’s a perennial crop that is going to grow in the same spot for up to 20 years. To produce a crop that will give you plenty of spears each year, you need to plant a whole bed of asparagus at one time. (Plant ten plants for each person; […] More

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    Celery Cooking and Serving Tips

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    Celery can be eaten raw or cooked. Celery brings texture and a mild flavor to salads, hors d’oeuvres, soups, stuffings, stews, and stock. It can be steamed, braised, or sautéed and served as a side dish. Celery tastes best when it comes to harvest in cool weather, late spring or in autumn. How to Choose […] More

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    How to Cook and Serve Bamboo Shoots

    Fresh bamboo shoots

    Bamboo shoots slowly simmered have a delicate, bitter flavor and earthy aroma. Fresh bamboo shoots can be sliced and boiled, sautéed or braised and served as an accompaniment to meat and fish. They can be slow-cooked with other vegetables or stir-fried. The crunchy texture of young, tender bamboo shoots makes them a great choice served […] More

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    Ten Ways to Cook Kohlrabi

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    Cook kohlrabi or eat it raw. Kohlrabi is crunchy like a radish and tastes like a mild, sweet turnip with a bit of radish tang. Young kohlrabi is juicy and crisp and delicate. The peak kohlrabi harvest season is mid-spring to mid-fall. In mild-winter regions, kohlrabi and can be grown and harvested through the winter. […] More

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    How to Prepare, Cook, and Serve Asparagus

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    Asparagus plants produce young edible shoots—called “spears”–for about six weeks each spring just as the days begin to lengthen and winter fades. The season for asparagus is late winter through late spring—the season’s peak depends upon where you live. How to Select Asparagus Select asparagus with firm, plump, straight, round spears. The tips should be […] More