Harvest leeks by either gently twisting and pulling them from the earth, or digging and lifting them. Thoroughly clean leeks before cooking. To produce long white shafts, some gardeners plant leeks in furrows. This year I had some success growing leeks from seed and was thrilled with the result. UK garden friends were cooking some awesome food with their leeks and I made up my mind I would find out how to grow them. I have never heard of leeks not growing.
Or do like Anna she places heavy straw bales over her in-ground carrots as extra protection, since it is not unusual for her nights to reach -40 F -40 C. Cold winter temperatures stimulate sugar accumulation in carrots, acting as a natural antifreeze that protects Read more
Whether you are growing traditional red-globed cultivars or the Asian radish Raphanus sativus var. To enjoy radishes in the spring, sow radish seeds about four to six weeks before your area s last frost date. All varieties of radishes are cold-season vegetables that can tolerate Read more
For more ideas and detailed information on how to harvest and preserve angelica, check out our harvesting guide coming soon. Growing angelica is pretty easy once you get started, and it will reward you with a unique source of food, flavoring, and herbal remedies. archangelica Read more
The Irish and Scottish used to carve out root vegetables like rutabagas and turnips to make the classic scary faces. It was founded by Danish immigrants in 1906, and for many years the majority of America s rutabagas were grown here. These days, rutabagas are Read more
There may be some minor basil cold damage, but the plants will likely survive. Arguably one of the most popular herbs, basil is a tender annual herb native to the southern regions of Europe and Asia. When temperatures dip, basil suffers cold damage almost immediately Read more
The Irish and Scottish used to carve out root vegetables like rutabagas and turnips to make the classic scary faces. These days, rutabagas are a cause for celebration in some farming communities around the country. It was founded by Danish immigrants in 1906, and for Read more
To make harvests easier, either heavily mulch carrots when really cold temperatures arrive in zones 5 and above, or cover them with a low tunnel or cold frame. Or do like Anna she places heavy straw bales over her in-ground carrots as extra protection, since Read more
A Globe artichoke, Cynara scolymus, is a member of the thistle family. The first hard freeze will kill the artichoke plants in fall. With hot artichokes serve a Hollandaise sauce, a vinaigrette is delicious when they re cold. In the North, artichokes must be grown Read more
almonds and apricots are most frost-sensitive, then cherries, peaches and nectarines, apples, plums, and pears. This is actually one of the reasons why apricot trees are often so big. If you get bad frosts and don t have a way to protect your fruit trees Read more
The two most common types of horseradish to grow are known as common horseradish and Bohemian horseradish. You should place compost or fertilizer at the bottom of each furrow for optimal nutrition to your horseradish plants. This also gives you a large window in which Read more
A January harvest of young kohlrabi, chard, and carrots. Green carrot tops are hardy to at least 18 F -8 C , but the roots can withstand even colder temperatures. Or do like Anna she places heavy straw bales over her in-ground carrots as extra Read more
These days, rutabagas are a cause for celebration in some farming communities around the country. The Irish and Scottish used to carve out root vegetables like rutabagas and turnips to make the classic scary faces. It was founded by Danish immigrants in 1906, and for Read more
Also, keep in mind that baby toes succulents have shallow root systems and do not require a deep container. The active growing period for baby toes succulents is the fall, winter, and spring, and they are dormant in the summer months. Avoid fertilizing baby toes Read more
For both types of cauliflower transplant the seedlings to the open ground when they have formed three or four true leaves, any sooner and the plants will struggle at first to grow well. As a guide, early summer cauliflower should be planted out in March Read more
Although potted nursery starts are available, it s usually best to simply sow dill seeds directly in the garden, since it has a long taproot that doesn t like to be disturbed. It is probably a black swallowtail caterpillar dill is a favorite food of Read more
Consider planting broccoli on the north side of a cucumber Cucumis sativus or pole bean Phaseolus coccineus trellis for built-in shade. Many home gardeners like to direct sow broccoli in the summer for a fall harvest, and it s even possible to overwinter broccoli in Read more
Cool-season crops such as cabbage, broccoli, onions, parsley, peas, radish, spinach, turnips, and Brussels sprouts will withstand a hard frost. Crops like peas, spinach, kale, and cabbage can power through a light spring frost. Wait to harvest plants that can survive a hard frost last, Read more
One of the risks that newly planted corn faces is that of imbibitional chilling injury due to cold soil temperatures during the initial 24 to 36 hours after seeding when the kernels imbibe water and begin the germination process. Disclaimer Repeated frost events that re-inflict Read more
And in the fall, some crops, like carrots, parsnips, and beets, only become sweeter in flavor after a frost. Beets, carrots, lettuce, cauliflower, and potatoes will withstand a light frost. Wait to harvest plants that can survive a hard frost last, such as carrots, garlic, Read more
To prevent the negative impacts of cold on pumpkins, plant the seeds outdoors two weeks after the last expected frost has passed, when the soil temperature has reached at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to note that leaving pumpkins to endure a hard Read more
The majority of summer squash roots are in the top 12 to 18 inches of soil. In reasonably fertile soil and with appropriate care including frequent harvesting, a single summer squash plant can produce dozens of fruits over a period of months. California is the Read more
When considering the word agave Agave spp. Remove only the dead material when pruning, even though pruning off the dead portions may spoil the symmetry of the agave, advises Texas Monthly. The century plant nickname for agave comes from the mistaken belief that agave blooms Read more
I prefer variety Verde de Taglio for my winter growing which also has much less of chard s earthy flavor that my children don t appreciate yet , Isis is a fan of Fordhook Giant. A January harvest of young kohlrabi, chard, and carrots. Although Read more
Connie successfully grows spinach in cold frames, and I have had terrific luck with it under medium-weight fabric row cover. Similar to spinach, the most cold-tolerant cabbages are savoy types with deeply crinkled leaves. Although tender in your salads, spinach is actually a tough little Read more
It produces mature green peppers in 62 days 82 days for mature red peppers. It takes 100 days to grow from seed to mature peppers, which are very hot. In general, the lower the zone number, the harder it will be to grow peppers, due Read more
Texas A M AgriLife Extension notes that broccoli plants won t die but may suffer some damage when temperatures reach 26 to 31 degrees. Although broccoli is generally cold hardy, it does need time to adapt to colder temperatures, especially when it has only been Read more
Potatoes are grown from seed potatoes. Early potatoes will not store well and must be used as soon as possible. Never be tempted to use the cooking potatoes offered for sale as seed because they could be carrying diseases as well. However, some gardeners like Read more
If you re planting in zones five through nine, it s best to plant your shallots after the first frost of the fall. As with onions and garlic, shallots prefer well-drained soil. Weeds inhibit the growth of onions, garlic, and shallots, so pull them early Read more
Growth stages in corn are identified by the number of leaf collars showing Figure 3. Frost and low temperature injury to corn and soybean. ELITE plus Poncho VOTiVO Offering for corn metalaxyl, clothianidin, and Bacillus firmus I-1582, prothioconazole and fluoxastrobin at rates that suppress additional Read more
In my experience, green or white chards are more cold-hardy than the popular multicolored variety, Bright Lights. Although a popular vegetable grown for fall, chard is also remarkably cold-tolerant, surviving dips to 15 F -10 C without protection. A January harvest of young kohlrabi, chard, Read more
Asian leafy greens such as komatsuna, mizuna, and tatsoi, as well as other brassica greens such as arugula and mustards, will regrow and can be cut multiple times throughout the Persephone period.
How to harvest sweet potatoes is every bit as important as when to harvest. Washing the newly dug roots is another common mistake made by many home gardeners when harvesting sweet potatoes. When deciding when to harvest sweet potatoes, choose a cloudy day if possible.
Lastly, you may want to try to get the basil to survive the winter so you will have fresh leaves year round. Arguably one of the most popular herbs, basil is a tender annual herb native to the southern regions of Europe and Asia. If Read more
These pesky sap-suckers enjoy feeding on most brassicas, and bok choy is no exception. Like its close cousins kale and cabbage, bok choy packs a hefty nutritional punch. Depending on the variety, you can generally harvest mature bok choy 5-8 weeks after germination. Q What Read more
The cantaloupe seed came from Joseph s Best, two volunteers from last year, the four earliest melons from last year, and a C melo hybrid swarm. 1200 cantaloupe seeds. Also, last year, I planted a row of cantaloupe a few weeks before normal planting time Read more
Red Kuri Japanese squash are a delicious variety with small fruits and super-sweet flesh. Leave at least two to three inches of stem on each squash. Harvest winter squash when the fruits are mature. Though squash takes up a lot of space, it s a Read more
These vegetables include arugula, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, beets, cabbage, carrots, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, onions, parsnips, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, Swiss chard, and turnip.
To learn more about how to care for brussels sprouts in winter, here s what I ll cover. Have you grown brussels sprouts in winter. Many of us hated brussels sprouts as a kid and it turns out, there s a reason for that.
When real winter sets in, protect chard in a cold frame or low tunnel for winter harvests. I prefer variety Verde de Taglio for my winter growing which also has much less of chard s earthy flavor that my children don t appreciate yet , Read more
Fern asparagus Asparagus plumosus, previous known as Asparagus setaceus grows well both outdoors and as an indoor houseplant, but wherever it grows this plant needs warm temperatures of at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit to thrive. Overwatered fern asparagus develop brown or yellow leaves. This ornamental Read more