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- eat the entire seedling when you thin the plants shortly after sowing, buy gel viagra tossing them into salads or just rinsing and popping them into your mouth in the garden
- harvest a few leaves from each plant as it grows to toss into stir fries, buy gel viagra include in batches of mixed greens, buy gel viagra or any other use you can think of for a slightly spicy green (I like to chop them finely and cook them down with red lentils)
- use all of the greens from any plant that doesn’t seem to be forming a good root, buy gel viagra perhaps because you didn’t thin or water them enough
- eat the roots raw or cooked, buy gel viagra alone or in concert with other vegetables
- toss the flowers into salads for color and spice
- crunch young seedpods right out in the garden or bring in them inside for late-season salads
- steam or saute older seedpods
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