Leaf vegetables

  • Article

    How to Grow Brassicas

    The genus Brassica is impressively large and diverse, selectively bred by many cultures to produce delicious roots, leaves, stems, and flower buds. One particularly widespread species, Brassica oleracea, was cultivated…

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    Kitchen Gardening

    Have You Heard of Mini Head Lettuces?

    There’s a lot to love about mini head lettuces, which are tender young greens harvested when they are about 6 inches tall and wide. Gardeners and farmers appreciate that this…

  • Article

    What the Chef Grows

    Most people wouldn’t argue that I know my way around a kitchen. What many don’t know, though, is that I know my way around a garden, too. I learned how…

  • Article

    Beautiful, Bountiful Kale

    Kale’s popularity has taken off over the past decade, partly because it has been recognized by science as a “super food” but also because it is wonderfully delicious. It is…

  • Article

    Grow Your Own Microgreens

    Since I have been growing microgreens commercially, I have seen their popularity take off. Countless fine restaurants have added them to their menus, and customers have started seeking them out…

  • Article

    Cool-Season Containers

    The end of the season is a relaxing time. Cooler temperatures prevail, and plants are slowing down or are preparing to go dormant. This isn’t really a time, then, for…

  • How-To

    Buried Treasure: Lesser-Known Root Vegetables

    It’s easy to appreciate the fruits of our labor when they’re displayed so enticingly above­ground: chains of sun-warmed cherry tomatoes; clusters of tender snap beans in gold, green, or purple;…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Why Do Greens Bolt?

    No matter what you do, when you grow lettuces and other greens in your garden, they will eventually start growing taller and blooming. Most people assume that it’s just high…

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    What Makes Cut Flowers Last Longer?

    One of the great joys of gardening is taking beautiful blooms from favorite plants and placing them indoors to brighten a room. Cut flowers, however, can quickly lose their beauty.…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Beyond the Basic Greens

    Fresh-picked salad greens are among the most rewarding vegetables that a gardener can grow. What else yields tasty baby leaves in just 30 days from a few seeds sown in…