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Begin planting these vegetables in early spring, as soon as the soil can be worked.
Tip: Perfect for vegetable seeds, making your own seed tape creates an evenly spaced, less messy and more affordable garden!
Tip: When the central stem of a lettuce or spinach plant begins to elongate, it’s beginning to bolt, so pull and eat the entire plant.
*Tip: To sun-cure onions, let them sit in the sun for a day. After 24 hours, spread them out in a warm, well-ventilated area out of the sun. Cover with a light cotton sheet and hold it in place with stones along the edges. Turn the bulbs a couple of times so they dry evenly.
Clean up tracked-in messes from your garden with Swiffer® WetJet®. It helps clean better to reveal more shine than a traditional floor mop and bucket* because its solutions are specially formulated to break up and dissolve tough messes, lifting them off the floor so the thick WetJet pad can trap and lock them away.
Tip: Install a trellis or chicken wire for the vines to climb. Or, tie six 5” bamboo poles together at one end, then spread the untied ends apart and push into the ground to form a teepee. Plant pea seeds at the base of each pole and watch them climb!
Tip: Carrots can stay in the ground for several weeks, but don’t allow the ground to go dry or the carrots may split when watered. Plant new ones every 3-4 weeks to keep a continuous supply.
Tip: The heads of the broccoli are actually flower buds. Quality is best before yellow flowers begin to show in the buds.
Tip: Cauliflower grows on short, cabbage-like plants that form large, flat central clusters of flower buds called curds.
Tip: Soak broccoli and cauliflower in a sink of cold water and a 1/4 cup of salt. The tight heads provide hiding spaces for small insects and worms, and salt will draw them out.
Tip: Early varieties of cabbage will split if allowed to dry out then take up a lot of water from a spring storm. Sever some of the roots close to the stem to prevent rapid uptake of water.
*On glossy ceramic tile, hardwood and laminate floors.
Cooking Basics: Vegetable How-To
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