Cauliflower  is a demanding cool-season edible, thriving only in temperatures below 70 degrees F. As heads start to form, they must be blanched—protected from the sun—to remain white and mildly-flavored. Wrap outer leaves over heads and hold in place with clothespins, rubber bands or garden twine. Also be on the lookout for varieties that yield green or orange heads.

Cauliflower is a demanding cool-season edible, thriving only in temperatures below 70 degrees F. As heads start to form, they must be blanched—protected from the sun—to remain white and mildly-flavored. Wrap outer leaves over heads and hold in place with clothespins, rubber bands or garden twine. Also be on the lookout for varieties that yield green or orange heads.

Try your hand at growing this unusual collection of edibles that hail from countries all over the world.

Try your hand at growing this unusual collection of edibles that hail from countries all over the world.

Cauliflower  is a demanding cool-season edible, thriving only in temperatures below 70 degrees F. As heads start to form, they must be blanched—protected from the sun—to remain white and mildly-flavored. Wrap outer leaves over heads and hold in place with clothespins, rubber bands or garden twine. Also be on the lookout for varieties that yield green or orange heads.

Cauliflower is a demanding cool-season edible, thriving only in temperatures below 70 degrees F. As heads start to form, they must be blanched—protected from the sun—to remain white and mildly-flavored. Wrap outer leaves over heads and hold in place with clothespins, rubber bands or garden twine. Also be on the lookout for varieties that yield green or orange heads.

Mustard greens offer a quick crop that yields nutrient-rich leaves perfect for cooking Southern-style or adding to salads for a tangy zing. The secret to tasty mustard greens is evenly moist soil. When plants experience drought stress, the mustard flavor intensifies, bringing on the heat. Frost sweetens leaves. If you garden where killing frosts don’t occur, plan on harvesting mustard greens all winter long.

Mustard greens offer a quick crop that yields nutrient-rich leaves perfect for cooking Southern-style or adding to salads for a tangy zing. The secret to tasty mustard greens is evenly moist soil. When plants experience drought stress, the mustard flavor intensifies, bringing on the heat. Frost sweetens leaves. If you garden where killing frosts don’t occur, plan on harvesting mustard greens all winter long.

Snap beans are useful in warm summer weather.  In addition to cropping rather quickly, beans are soil builders that benefit ensuing crops by fixing atmospheric nitrogen in their roots then releasing it when the plants die off. The fastest to produce are the bush types, ready to harvest in 50+ days. Try ‘Provider’ or ‘Contender’ varieties.

Snap beans are useful in warm summer weather. In addition to cropping rather quickly, beans are soil builders that benefit ensuing crops by fixing atmospheric nitrogen in their roots then releasing it when the plants die off. The fastest to produce are the bush types, ready to harvest in 50+ days. Try ‘Provider’ or ‘Contender’ varieties.

Plan a diverse vegetable garden with these easy-to-grow veggies and make this the year you finally get growing.

Plan a diverse vegetable garden with these easy-to-grow veggies and make this the year you finally get growing.

Garden fresh has never tasted better. Fill an 8- or 10-inch pot with soil and sprinkle with a  leaf lettuce  seed mix. These mixes are sometimes sold as a mesclun mix, a cut-and-come again salad mix or  'Healing Hands' mix . Follow seed packet instructions for planting and harvest.

Garden fresh has never tasted better. Fill an 8- or 10-inch pot with soil and sprinkle with a leaf lettuce seed mix. These mixes are sometimes sold as a mesclun mix, a cut-and-come again salad mix or 'Healing Hands' mix . Follow seed packet instructions for planting and harvest.

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