How to Harvest Parsnips

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If you have ever grown parsnips, you know how disappointing it can be to wait all season only to discover that your crop is tasteless, stringy, and tough. It’s time to try again. Read on for all you need to know to harvest this nutritious root vegetable at the peak of flavor, for a sweet and tender harvest every time.

How And When to Harvest Kohlrabi

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Kohlrabi is a unique cole family plant with stems that swell into juicy, round bulbs that taste a bit like a cross between broccoli and cabbage. Delicious both raw and cooked, this easy-to-grow vegetable makes an exciting addition to the garden. Continue reading to learn how to harvest, store, and prepare kohlrabi.

Reasons Why Your Cabbage Plants May Not Form Heads

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Frustrated by cabbage plants that won’t form heads? Numerous factors, such as extreme temperature, lack of water, and unsuitable nutrient levels may inhibit head formation in cabbages. In this guide, we explore possible reasons why this may happen and learn what you can do to help mitigate problems in the future.

How to Prevent Bok Choy from Bolting

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Have you ever grown bok choy only to see it bolt in cold or hot weather, or for reasons you didn’t understand? In this guide, we’ll dig into the top reasons why bok choy goes to seed, and we’ll give you tips for how to prevent it. Plus, if it does happen, we’ll show you what to do with bolted bok choy. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Spinach in Containers

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Spinach is nutritious and delicious, perfect for a wide range of recipes. If you want to save space in the garden or only have room on your balcony or patio, why not grow it in containers instead? This leafy green is easy to grow in pots and planters and this guide will walk you through the process. Read more now.

How to Turn Green Pumpkins Orange After Vines Die

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If your pumpkin vine died just a few weeks before harvest time, you’re probably at a loss for what to do with your green pumpkins. But did you know there’s something you can do to help them turn orange? In this guide, learn our favorite trick, and discover a few reasons why vines may die early. Read more.

How to Plant Kohlrabi Seeds

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Have you ever grown kohlrabi, one of the coolest brassicas around? It looks like an above-ground turnip and comes in either green or purple, with a crisp texture and tasty cabbage-like flavor. Even better, this cool-weather crop is easy to grow from seed! Learn how to plant kohlrabi seeds in this guide. Read more now.

Must-Have Companion Plants for Mustard Greens (and What Not to Plant Nearby)

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Do mustard greens make good vegetable garden neighbors? If you’re growing corn or dill, sure! But choose mustard green companion plants carefully – these quick-growing veggies don’t always play nice with others. Learn about the top companions, plus a few tips on what to keep away in this guide. Read more now.

Loose-Leafed Brussels Sprouts: What to Do for Poorly Formed Heads

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Your brussels sprout heads were starting to form and you were already dreaming of roasting those tasty nuggets in butter when things went south. The heads started to open, or they became loose and poorly formed. What went wrong? What can you do to fix it? We’ll help you to troubleshoot and fix the problem in this guide.

What’s the Difference Between Butter Beans and Limas?

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Wondering about the difference between limas and butter beans? They’re the same type of legume, though Southerners usually call them butter beans and cook them with pork. To successfully grow either one in your garden, choosing the type that grows well in your region and space is more important than what you call them.

When and How to Harvest Bok Choy

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If you’re growing bok choy in your garden, you might be feeling a bit confused about when you should pick the tasty green leaves with their succulent white or green stems. How big should they be? Can you harvest bok choy early? Discover when and how to harvest bok choy for the best results in our guide. Read more now.

Eating Kohlrabi Greens: Tips for Harvesting and Cooking the Leaves

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Did you know that kohlrabi greens are edible and delicious? The flavorful leaves are easy to harvest and prepare, with a similar taste and texture to collard greens. You can enjoy them sauteed, steamed, or even raw in a salad. Learn all about harvesting and cooking kohlrabi leaves in this guide. Read more now.

Bok Choy Spacing: How Far Apart to Plant Your Crop

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Bok choy, or pak choi, is a Chinese cabbage with green or white stalks and green leaves that is a staple of Asian-style cooking. Choose from dwarf and full-size varieties, and harvest young for tender microgreens. Read on to learn how far apart to space seeds and nursery seedlings, and bring in your best harvest yet.

13 of the Best Lima and Butter Bean Cultivars to Grow in Your Garden

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From baby limas to towering ‘King of the Garden,’ you’ll find 13 of the best butter bean and lima bean cultivars to grow in your garden right here. Some are bush varieties, others top 10 feet tall and need support. A few picks are heirloom standouts, and some produce extra early for those with short growing seasons.

How to Grow and Care for Romanesco Broccoli

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If you’re fascinated by Romanesco broccoli, you might be surprised to find that it’s totally doable to grow your own at home. In addition to its mathematically precise yet artistic look, Romanesco has a nutty flavor that’s even better when homegrown. We cover everything you need to know in our guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Tasty Turnip Greens at Home

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The roots get most of the attention, but let’s take some time to talk turnip tops. These easy-to-grow greens are perfect for cool weather gardening, so you can have your veggies even when the traditional growing season is ending. They’re versatile in the kitchen, too. Eat them braised, raw in salads, or cooked in soup.

How to Grow Lima and Butter Beans in the Garden

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Homegrown lima beans or butter beans are tastier than any you could buy in a store. This guide explains how to grow baby or large limas in your garden, and gives harvest and storage tips, too. Plant a bumper crop of bush or vine cultivars, and cook or freeze the harvest for side dishes, hummus, or casseroles

How to Store Homegrown Cucumbers for Maximum Freshness and Long-Term Use

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What to do with all those extra garden cucumbers? Pickles are just the beginning! Try using them to make salsa, jelly, or even sorbet. If you have more cucumbers than you can eat, read on for suggestions on creative ways to preserve them, as well as tips for keeping them fresh for longer in storage.