Horseradish has a famously pungent and spicy root, but most people don’t know that the edible leaves and flowers are every bit as delicious. The only way to get them, for the most part, is to grow your own. It’s incredibly easy, so long as you can provide a deep bed of loose soil and the right amount of moisture.
Looking for a quick-growing veggie that’s versatile in the garden? You should check out radishes. They couldn’t be easier to grow and they are completely edible from root to tip. Some are ready to eat in just a few weeks and they’re generally untroubled by pests. Read about raising radishes in this comprehensive guide.
If you know, you know. Real wasabi is way better than the neon green horseradish stuff that most sushi restaurants give you. This guide helps you grow wasabi no matter where you live. Learn about planting and care, plus new ways to use fresh wasabi, and how to deal with any problems that pop up along the way.
Have you had trouble with your kale plants wilting, and wondered how to end this floppy foible? Check out our complete guide to preventing this droopy problem. You’ll learn about timing, fertilization, water requirements and more. And soon you’ll rejoice at seeing your veggies standing strong. Read more now.
Why not add this easy to grow, delicious vegetable to your cool-weather garden this season? Popular in stir-fries, with delicate leaves and crisp white stems, bok choy is a versatile ingredient in the kitchen – and packs quite the nutritional punch. Learn how to plant and grow bok choy in your garden. Read more now.
Flowering kale is an excellent choice when you want to add vibrant color and texture to cool weather gardens. Read on for easy cultivation and care instructions, a list of varieties to choose from, and recommended companion plantings. Join us as we explore growing ornamental kale and add some color to your garden.
Would you like to grow broccoli, but aren’t sure how? Read on for the best instructions for cultivating this nutritious cool weather crop in your garden. See if a spring or fall planting suits your climate and learn the secrets to getting several harvests from one plant. Learn more about broccoli in this guide.
Lacinato kale is a healthy, delicious, and easy-to-grow crop that deserves a place in the backyard garden. Also known as Dinosaur or Tuscan kale, this plant has long blueish green leaves that are just as ornamental as they are tasty. Read more to learn how to grow this cruciferous leafy green vegetable.
Toothwort thrives in shade and provides colorful ground cover where other plants can’t survive. The flowers serve as the perfect way to bring the woodlands into your garden and you can eat the herb from root to tip. It tastes a lot like horseradish, which is why this plant is often called pepper root. Read more now.
Arugula is a leafy green in the Brassicaceae family and as such can fall victim to the same pests that prey on other cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, kale, broccoli, and Swiss chard. Learn how to identify and control 15 of the most common arugula pests and enjoy your best harvest in this guide. Read more now.
Disease can strike bok choy quickly and without warning, severely reducing its ability to produce delicious leafy goodness. But for the gardener with the proper know-how, the most common ailments don’t stand a chance. In our guide to bok choy diseases, we’ll cover how to detect, prevent, and manage the key offenders.
Many different types of pests can wreak havoc on a patch of bok choy in the garden. Need help? This guide covers how to identify, deter, and control several of the most frequent offenders. Once you’ve read and applied the tips and techniques in this guide, these pests won’t stand a chance at harming your pak choi.
Most of the time, you don’t need to do much to keep your cabbage plants growing well. They’re fairly maintenance-free vegetables. But sometimes it’s necessary to prune your plants to keep them healthy or to encourage them to form bigger heads. Learn why, when, and how to prune cabbage leaves in this guide. Read more now.
While mustard greens grow quickly and are easy to care for in the home garden, they’re also susceptible to a number of pests and brassica diseases caused by pathogens like fungi and water molds. Our guide explains how to prevent the most common ailments, like downy mildew, and ways to cope with insect pests. Read more.
Do you have a sunny spot in your garden that you’d like to fill with sunshine? Choose basket of gold, a drought tolerant plant that blooms bright yellow flowers in springtime – they’re sure to make your garden pop with color. We’ll explain how to sow, grow, and keep your plant thriving in this guide. Read more now.
Collards are delicious, nutritious greens you can grow in the home garden, but they taste best when you pick them at the right size and before the plants bolt. This guide explains how to time the collard harvest for maximum flavor and optimal texture, with tips for picking baby leaves and full-size greens.
If you’re stumped as to what type of kale you should grow in your garden this year, consider Red Russian. This sweet and tender green is aesthetically pleasing, with reddish-purple stems and contrasting green leaves. In the kitchen, it can be used in dishes ranging from raw salads to light sautees. Read more now.
Some plants in the brassica group are a bit of a challenge to grow (hello, brussels sprouts). But napa cabbage is fairly easy. It’s also versatile in the kitchen thanks to its mild flavor and tender leaves. Whether this is your first try or you want to take your harvest to the next level, this guide will help you out.
Are you wondering when it’s the right time to plant bok choy? These cool-weather crops will bolt easily if temperatures become too hot, and a heavy freeze may kill the plants. Learn the optimal time to sow bok choy seeds or set out transplants for spring and fall harvests in your climate. Read more now.
Yes, you can eat radish greens that sprout from the roots in your veggie garden. Baby leaves add zing to a spring mix, while larger leaves can join other cole crop leafy greens in a mix for braising or stir fries. Or, skip the root harvest and pick radish sprouts or microgreens just a few days or weeks from sowing.
If you love bok choy but don’t have space in the garden, try growing it in containers instead. These tasty Asian greens are easy to grow in pots on the patio or even an apartment balcony. Learn everything you need to succeed with container-grown bok choy, from sowing to harvest, in this guide. Read more now.
Cauliflower has a reputation for being a difficult cool-weather crop to grow, but don’t let that stop you. With an understanding of temperature and watering needs, you’ll soon be cultivating white, purple, orange, and green varieties packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. Learn how to grow your own cauliflower now.
Are you a fan of Brussels sprouts? Gotten over your childhood hatred of the green gems? Homegrown sprouts taste even better than the ones you’ll find at the store. They’re challenging to grow, but the flavor is well worth the effort. Don’t be discouraged, find your way to success with sprouts now in this guide.
Some of the best kohlrabi companions may provide pest control, enrich the soil, or conserve water, and they look appealing next to this purple or light green cool-season veggie too. Our guide shares the most beneficial companions to plant next to this offbeat above-ground brassica, and which plants make bad neighbors.
Mosaic viruses are more common in cabbages than you might think, with some estimates saying 10% of plants are infected. There’s no cure, and mosaic virus can spread – and completely ruin your crop. That’s why prevention is so important, and knowing what to watch for is essential. #cabbage #mosaicvirus #gardenerspath
Harvest the tastiest mustard greens by picking early and often. These fast-growing Asian and Southern greens may be best at microgreen, baby leaf, or full size, depending on the variety. Just don’t let them get too large and bitter. Here’s how to pick broadleaf, tatsoi, and mizuna types at their peak.
If you’re wondering if there’s any difference between bok choy and baby bok choy, we can assure you that there is, indeed, a difference. But it’s not as major as you might think. In this guide, find out what sets baby bok choy apart from its full-size counterpart and explore our favorite baby varieties. Read more now.
Cabbage black rot is a devastating cruciferous vegetable disease that begins subtly. Its signature foliar discoloration starts at the leaf margins, and usually goes unnoticed until it is so extensive that an affected plant cannot be salvaged. Read on for all you need to know to recognize and manage cabbage black rot.
Should you tie up cabbage leaves? While it’s not a mandatory step in growing cabbage, tying the outer leaves may be beneficial in certain situations. It can help protect heads from pests and sun, saves space, and could potentially result in tighter heads. Continue reading to learn how and when to tie up cabbage leaves.
Growing brussels sprouts is a challenge, and understanding when and how to prune is part of the puzzle. Should you cut the tops off, and when? Is pruning the lower leaves necessary? Plus, studies have shown pruning at the wrong time can ruin your harvest. This guide has all the details you need to do it right.
How can you stop cabbage heads from splitting? While certain factors that can lead to cracking are sometimes unavoidable, such as heavy rain following a drought, there are easy steps you can take to reduce the risk. Keep reading to learn why cabbage heads crack open and what you can do to help prevent it.
Kohlrabi is a unique cole family plant with stems that swell into juicy, round bulbs that taste a bit like a cross between broccoli and cabbage. Delicious both raw and cooked, this easy-to-grow vegetable makes an exciting addition to the garden. Continue reading to learn how to harvest, store, and prepare kohlrabi.
Frustrated by cabbage plants that won’t form heads? Numerous factors, such as extreme temperature, lack of water, and unsuitable nutrient levels may inhibit head formation in cabbages. In this guide, we explore possible reasons why this may happen and learn what you can do to help mitigate problems in the future.
Have you ever grown bok choy only to see it bolt in cold or hot weather, or for reasons you didn’t understand? In this guide, we’ll dig into the top reasons why bok choy goes to seed, and we’ll give you tips for how to prevent it. Plus, if it does happen, we’ll show you what to do with bolted bok choy. Read more now.
Any pests in the garden can be a real pain, but especially those that target cabbage, as they can destroy your crop and spread to other brassicas and garden plants. The list of animals and insects to be on the lookout for is quite lengthy, so it’s best to be prepared to deal with them expeditiously once they appear.
Have you ever grown kohlrabi, one of the coolest brassicas around? It looks like an above-ground turnip and comes in either green or purple, with a crisp texture and tasty cabbage-like flavor. Even better, this cool-weather crop is easy to grow from seed! Learn how to plant kohlrabi seeds in this guide. Read more now.
Do mustard greens make good vegetable garden neighbors? If you’re growing corn or dill, sure! But choose mustard green companion plants carefully – these quick-growing veggies don’t always play nice with others. Learn about the top companions, plus a few tips on what to keep away in this guide. Read more now.
Your brussels sprout heads were starting to form and you were already dreaming of roasting those tasty nuggets in butter when things went south. The heads started to open, or they became loose and poorly formed. What went wrong? What can you do to fix it? We’ll help you to troubleshoot and fix the problem in this guide.
If you’re growing bok choy in your garden, you might be feeling a bit confused about when you should pick the tasty green leaves with their succulent white or green stems. How big should they be? Can you harvest bok choy early? Discover when and how to harvest bok choy for the best results in our guide. Read more now.
Did you know that kohlrabi greens are edible and delicious? The flavorful leaves are easy to harvest and prepare, with a similar taste and texture to collard greens. You can enjoy them sauteed, steamed, or even raw in a salad. Learn all about harvesting and cooking kohlrabi leaves in this guide. Read more now.
No one wants to lose their harvest to pathogens. Brussels sprout diseases can range from cosmetic to deadly, and knowing which is which and how to deal with them is key to a successful harvest. This guide helps you handle the most common diseases, and includes tips on how to avoid them in the first place. Read more.
Bok choy, or pak choi, is a Chinese cabbage with green or white stalks and green leaves that is a staple of Asian-style cooking. Choose from dwarf and full-size varieties, and harvest young for tender microgreens. Read on to learn how far apart to space seeds and nursery seedlings, and bring in your best harvest yet.
As any adult knows, brussels sprouts are absolutely marvelous. Sadly, pests seem to agree. They won’t hesitate to take a nibble out of your plants. Not only can they threaten your harvest by harming your sprouts, they can spread diseases too. Don’t let it happen to you. We’ll show you how to identify and stop them.
If you’re fascinated by Romanesco broccoli, you might be surprised to find that it’s totally doable to grow your own at home. In addition to its mathematically precise yet artistic look, Romanesco has a nutty flavor that’s even better when homegrown. We cover everything you need to know in our guide. Read more now.
The roots get most of the attention, but let’s take some time to talk turnip tops. These easy-to-grow greens are perfect for cool weather gardening, so you can have your veggies even when the traditional growing season is ending. They’re versatile in the kitchen, too. Eat them braised, raw in salads, or cooked in soup.
Broccoli is delicious and nutritious, which is no doubt why it’s so popular in home gardens. The trouble is that pathogens seem to love broccoli as much as we do. Whether it’s fungi that will ruin the foliage or bacteria that can wipe your plant out, there are lots of problems to watch for. These are the most common.
Cauliflower is a cool-weather cole crop that can be temperamental, even under the best of circumstances. When insects feed on it, a whole new set of challenges arises. Read on to discover nine of the most common cauliflower pests that feed on foliage, heads, and roots, and learn about effective treatment options.
Looking for a new leafy green vegetable to grow this season? Chinese broccoli is a quick-growing crop similar to broccoli, but with tender shoots and a more distinct bittersweet flavor. All parts of this plant are edible, including the stalks, leaves, and florets. Read on to learn more about growing Chinese broccoli.
Cauliflower is a cabbage relative that may be grown alone or with other plants. However, not all plants grow well together. The best flower, herb, and vegetable choices for companion planting share similar cultural requirements and aid in pest management. Read on for 13 exceptional cauliflower companions.
Kale is a leafy vegetable in the brassica family that’s related to the cabbage. It thrives in the coolest temperatures of the growing season. Read on for 13 of our favorite types. Choose cultivars with exceptional heat or cold tolerance to suit your needs, and grow the most flavorful and tender kale you’ve ever eaten.
Whether you already love kohlrabi or it’s entirely new to you, it’s the perfect time to start making plans to grow some in your garden. Which cultivar should you choose? We’ve rounded up our favorites to make your selection a little easier, with top picks that are perfect for a variety of tastes and garden sizes.
Broccoli rabe is a cool season veggie that will spice up your spring or fall harvest with its compelling flavor profile. It’s easy to sow directly from seed and is a fast grower, so when planning a diverse assortment of leafy greens for your homestead or garden, don’t forget tasty rapini. Keep reading to learn more.
Healthy harvests of the Asian green mizuna are just weeks away when you follow these gardening tips. This mild mustard green is great for impatient gardeners and those with short growing seasons. You’ll enjoy the baby leaves 21 days from sowing, and full-size greens three weeks later. Quick and tasty, that’s mizuna.
Virginia stock (Malcolmia maritima) is a summer flower that blooms in a profusion of pink, purple, and white blossoms, for a carpet of pastel color. Tolerant of salt, low moisture, and dry soil, it’s perfect for those hard-to-plant locations. Learn all about this easy-to-grow annual in this guide. Read more now.
Are you looking for a flower that evokes images of Victorian ladies with parasols in their cottage gardens? One that adds rich color and fragrance to beds and borders? Matthiola incana, commonly called stock, is the perfect choice. Learn all about this timeless classic and how to grow it in this guide.
Selecting the best radishes to grow in your garden is as fun as eating them, whether fresh, roasted, or pickled. The choices include red, round heirlooms, daikon types, and a few in rainbow colors and unusual shapes. Certain hybrids can even beat the heat. Discover 25 of the top radish varieties in this guide.
Cabbage loopers may look like harmless inchworms but their voracious munching can damage many crops in your garden including kale, turnips, cabbage, and broccoli. There are a number of methods that you can use to manage these caterpillars. Learn how to identify and control cabbage loopers in this guide.
Did you know you can grow collard greens in the winter months? Collard greens are very cold hardy and a touch of frost improves their flavor and texture. With just a few simple tips, you can enjoy fresh homegrown greens long after other crops have withered. Learn how to grow collards in cold weather in this guide.
Did you know that you can regrow bok choy from kitchen scraps? With just a bowl full of water, a leftover stalk, and a few days to spare, you can easily regrow this plant from leavings that you might have thrown away otherwise. Read more to learn a quick and easy technique for growing bok choy from a stalk.
Fast-growing and spicy, homegrown mustard greens will produce a lot of seeds that can be collected and stored for future planting. Saving seeds from your plants is an economical way to ensure a bountiful crop of your favorite varieties in future seasons. Discover when and how to harvest your own mustard green seeds.
Looking to spice up your veggie patch? Mustard greens are a fast-growing, great-tasting addition. The microgreens can be ready in just 7-10 days, and full-size leaves mature in 45 days or so. From tender mustard spinach to Asian greens like mizuna and tatsoi, here are 13 of the top choices to grow in spring or fall.
How well do you know your mustard greens? Some varieties may come as a surprise, since this category includes Asian greens, Southern-style broadleaf mustard, and crunchy tatsoi. Most varieties that you can plant in your garden are green, but some are red! Learn how to plant and care for this fast-growing favorite now.
You fertilized, watered, and fussed over your turnips for weeks, and it’s time to pull them from the ground. But instead of perfectly-shaped roots, you find cracked, split, or rotten ones instead. What went wrong? What could you have done differently? Read on to learn what causes these issues and how to prevent them.
Kohlrabi may look funny and have a silly-sounding name, but it offers serious potential health benefits! With a mild flavor and crisp texture, it’s easy to add to many dishes. And it’s also quite simple to grow! Read on to learn more about kohlrabi’s nutritional value and why you should add this vegetable to your diet.
If you’re growing cauliflower in your garden, you might be feeling a bit confused about how and when to pick the delicious heads. How big should they be? How do you get them off the stalk? Discover when and how to harvest cauliflower for the best results in our expert guide, plus some bonus recipe ideas! Read more now.
Craving homegrown cauliflower but you’re short on garden space? Struggling with soil-borne diseases in the veggie patch? Don’t worry! Growing your own cauliflower in a container is easier than you might expect. Our guide will arm you with the knowledge you need, from selection and planting to troubleshooting and more.
Looking for a type of brussels sprout that won’t tip over in the wind, or one that won’t succumb to deadly mildew? How about a cultivar with tiny buds that are perfect for freezing? No matter what you’re looking for, we have 15 of the best varieties of brussels sprouts to share that are sure to suit your needs.
Broccoli is the perfect candidate for saving seed from the home garden, and a healthy specimen can produce hundreds of tiny seeds. Learning how to collect and store seeds from this vegetable garden favorite can help you to save money and more sustainably grow nutritious, productive plants for generations.
Broccoli is a popular veggie around the world, and it’s easy to grow your own. But what should you plant nearby? Knowledge of the best companion plants can help you to repel pests and balance out broccoli’s heavy feeding habits. Plus, find out which plants benefit the most from broccoli’s towering shade. Read more now.
Have you ever wanted to grow broccoli from seed? Now is the time to give it a try! Broccoli is nutritious and delicious, and you can eat more parts of the plant than you might think. In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know about growing a spring or fall crop of this beloved Brassica. Read more now.
Do your cabbage plants appear diseased? An array of organisms can afflict cabbage plants, ranging in severity from powdery mildew, which generally does not kill its hosts, to bacterial soft rot, which totally decimates them. Read on to figure out which pathogen has infected your cabbages and what you can do about it.
Turn up your diet quality with turnip greens! This leafy vegetable packs in a powerful nutritional punch. Turnips are best known for their roots, but don’t forget to keep the tops too! Adding the homegrown greens to salads or sauteing them with aromatics offers many robust health benefits. Read on to learn more.
Cauliflower is a cool-weather crop that’s challenging to grow. It takes an ideal combination of temperature, moisture, and nutrients for pristine heads to form. Sometimes, even with best practices, plants fall victim to disease. Read on to learn how to avoid, recognize, and address 12 common cauliflower conditions now.
Dame’s rocket has naturalized in almost every state. This pretty phlox-like flower that grows along highways and in meadows is considered invasive. However, its leaves and seeds have culinary and medicinal applications. Should you grow it in your yard? Learn how to plant, grow, and control dame’s rocket. Read more now.
When you think of leafy greens, mustard may not initially come to mind. Mustard greens are surprisingly flavorful and bring essential nutrients and health benefits to the table. They truly are a dietary powerhouse! Learn more about this unique green, its nutritional content, and which cultivars to add to your garden.
Want to grow your own collard greens in the garden? These veggies are a Southern favorite, packed with fiber and healthy nutrients. Delicious raw or cooked, growing your own leafy greens is the best way to add more to your diet. Select your favorite cultivar from our roundup of top picks. Read more now.
You may know collard greens as a Southern side dish staple, but did you know they also offer a multitude of potential health benefits? With plenty of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, collards make a great addition to your diet. And they can be quite simple to grow – a no-brainer to add to your garden! Read more now.
Did you know that kale is a biennial that produces tender edible shoots and buds in the second season? Napini, or kale rabe, is delicious, tender, and sweet, a treat you won’t want to miss out on. What’s more, growing kale for napini is easy. Learn how to grow and harvest your own napini kale. Read more now.
Broccoli is a cool weather crop that’s nutritious and delicious. If you want to harvest tender, homegrown broccoli for your soups, quiches, and sides, but don’t have room in your garden, why not try growing it in containers? Planting in pots saves space in your garden and can extend the growing season. Read more now.
Broccoli is one of those veggies that offers so much more than we often give it credit for. This staple crop can be harvested for its large heads, as well as its young tender leaves and side shoots. Read more now to learn how to harvest and store broccoli, and pick up some delicious recipe ideas too.
Cabbage maggots are tiny insects in the soil, and often by the time the plants show symptoms, it is too late to save them. Knowing what to look for lets you monitor for them and identify their presence in time to implement control measures. Read on to learn how to identify and control these pernicious pests.
Broccoli isn’t the easiest cruciferous vegetable to cultivate. It needs cool weather and a host of other favorable growing conditions. Sometimes, instead of one large, compact head, multiple small ones called buttons develop. Learn why this happens, and what measures you can take to avoid it, here on Gardener’s Path.
Growing broccoli can be a challenge. Our aim is to produce flavorful, tight heads, but sometimes the result is loose, bitter ones and huge disappointment. Join us to learn the reasons for less than ideal outcomes, and how to avoid them, as we discuss broccoli with loose, bitter heads. Read more now.
Is there a difference between broccolini and broccoli rabe? Or are they the same? These two veggies look a lot alike and have similar names. But they are different – in their origins, how they grow in the garden, and how you’ll want to use them in the kitchen! To learn what distinguishes these two veggies, keep reading.
Curious how much space to leave between each of the kale plants in your garden? By spacing these leafy green vegetables just right, it will be easy to care for and harvest your crop throughout your growing season. To find out the best spacing recommendations for your kale varieties and harvesting plans, read more now.
Cauliflower is one of the more difficult cool-weather crops to grow. If climate, soil, and moisture conditions are not ideal, the curd may not mature as it should. Sometimes, instead of being smooth, it looks fuzzy. Learn what causes this, how to avoid it, and if the affected crop is edible. Read more now.
Cauliflower can be a challenging cool-weather crop to grow in the home garden. Sometimes, developing curds that should be snowy white take on a purplish hue. Learn what causes this phenomenon, how to avoid it, and what it means in terms of crop quality. We’re discussing purplish cauliflower, here on Gardener’s Path!
If you’re looking for a cool weather crop, you can’t beat growing broccoli. It’s versatile and delicious, an excellent vegetable that’s perfect to enjoy at any time of day. Not sure which cultivar to choose? Read on for 13 varieties of one of nature’s healthiest choices for the table, now on Gardener’s Path.
Nothing tastes better than fresh, homegrown arugula. Did you know that there are numerous varieties to choose from, each with a slightly different flavor, texture, or color? We round up nine of the best varieties of arugula for you to grow in your vegetable garden this season. Learn more about our favorites now.
Are you growing arugula in your garden and wondering when and how to harvest it for crispy leaves with the tastiest flavor? Find out how to pick baby greens for a mild flavor or enjoy a peppery kick from more mature leaves. Get the best out of your greens and learn how and when to harvest arugula. Read more now.
Choosing to grow kale in the home garden is an excellent choice. Who doesn’t want a fresh patch of healthy leafy greens to pick from, right in the backyard? But knowing how much sunshine per day this cruciferous vegetable requires? That’s another question. To find out how much sun to provide your kale, read more now.
A vegetable garden favorite, kale is a reliable producer of healthy leafy greens. But is this cruciferous vegetable an annual or a perennial? We’ll have to go back to the birds and the bees to fully understand kale’s life cycle. To find out when to expect flowering and seed heads from your kale plants, keep on reading.
Are you growing brussels sprouts in your garden and wondering how best to harvest them? There’s nothing better than a homegrown sprout, fresh off the stalk. Learn when to pick them for the sweetest flavor and the different ways to go about it – plus some maintenance tips to ensure you get the best crop. Read more now.
Tender, crunchy, and sweet with a mildly peppery flavor, broccolini is a hybrid broccoli that is praised for its thin edible flowering shoots which can be harvested multiple times a season. Learn how to grow broccolini in your garden, the best varieties to choose, and enjoy this tasty vegetable all season long.
Cauliflower is a cool-season crop that can be challenging to cultivate. Did you know that some varieties require your intervention to be able to produce unblemished heads? The technique is called blanching, and it protects the developing heads from sun damage. Learn when and how to do it. Read on for easy instructions.