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Shades of Green

The cabbage family plants in garden bed number three (Chinese (napa) cabbage, pak choi, radish, kale, turnip, and assorted greens) come in many different shades of green, plus the purple of one variety of pak choi and the red of … Continue reading

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Mutant Mustard

Two years ago, I discovered that I had a kale seedling with three seed leaves, or cotyledons, rather than the usual two.  I had another one show up this year. When I was planting chard, carrots, mitsuba, beets, and lettuce … Continue reading

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Spring Kale

One of last year’s kale plants started growing again in garden bed number one.  I placed a wire mesh cage around it to protect it from rabbits. Today, we noticed that the kale plant was starting to form flower buds, so … Continue reading

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What Are the Easiest Vegetables to Grow?

If you are new to gardening, or perhaps frustrated with plants that seem suicidal, you might want to try growing some of the following.  This list is composed of those vegetables that I have had little or no trouble growing.  It’s … Continue reading

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Garden Cleanup and Rabbits

Since the snow is mostly gone, I thought I’d get started on cleaning up the garden today; that is, removing last year’s plants and making the various structures ready for this year. I started on garden bed number four, which … Continue reading

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Cabbage Patch “Weeds” & Pollinators

We have been harvesting and eating cabbage for over a month.  We still have several cabbages growing in the first garden bed.  The cauliflower plants haven’t started making heads yet, but the kale is growing well.  We’ll eat kale in the fall; … Continue reading

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Radishes & Other Cabbage Family Plants

Yesterday evening, I harvested some radishes.  I took those that were fairly large, and some that were growing close together to give the remaining plants more space.  These radishes were planted just over a month ago, on April 24th. To … Continue reading

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Transplanting Kale, Cabbages, & Cauliflower

Yesterday afternoon, I transplanted my kale, Asian cabbage, and cauliflower seedlings into garden bed number one, in the same way as I transplanted cabbages last year.  I had planted them on April 8th and moved them to the cold frame on May … Continue reading

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Cabbages Move Outside

I did some mowing, pruning, and weeding last weekend.  I also set up my cold frame in the old herb patch.  This is mostly overrun with oregano and garlic chives (and weeds), so I didn’t need to be too careful about … Continue reading

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Seed Coats, Seed Leaves, True Leaves, & Mutant Kale

As I mentioned recently, the seed coat sometimes remains on a plant’s seed leaves  or cotyledons, trapping them so that the young plant can’t grow properly.  Soil or other material can similarly bind seedlings’ leaves. If the seed coat or other problem doesn’t drop off on its … Continue reading

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