When and How to Blanch Maturing Cauliflower Heads

A close up of a small developing cauliflower head, the white curds just visible beneath the small inner leaves. The outer leaves are large and flat with white veins and stems, covered in small droplets of water.

Cauliflower is a cool-season crop that can be challenging to cultivate. Did you know that some varieties require your intervention to be able to produce unblemished heads? The technique is called blanching, and it protects the developing heads from sun damage. Learn when and how to do it. Read on for easy instructions.

Will Kale Grow in Containers? Tips for Growing Your Crop in Pots

A close up of four terra cotta pots with Tuscan and curly kale growing in the bright sunshine on a balcony. The plants have large leaves in various shades of green, the background is white railings and a house behind.

Kale is a frost hardy annual that’s grown for its nutritious, flavorful leaves in fantastic colors and fanciful shapes. And it’s just as easy to grow in pots or containers as in the ground. Learn how to plant up a few pots for the kitchen garden right now, then enjoy its beauty and health benefits well into winter.

How to Grow Leeks

A hand from the right of the frame grasping the stem of a mature leek plant, ready to pull it out of the soil. To the left and in the background are rows of the same vegetable, with dark soil surrounding them, in bright sunshine.

Underutilized in American kitchens but delicious and worthy of a larger role in everyday recipes, leeks are easy to grow. They require rich soil, a good amount of water, and lots of sun. Read on for expert tips and advice about how to add this member of the onion family to your garden, and dine like the French do.