Now that summer has officially arrived after the summer solstice, it is time to once again look forward to your garden’s future and plan for a bountiful late summer and fall. And for those dealing with flooded gardens, it is possible to replant and harvest again this year. Continue reading Extend harvest season by replanting now
We are at the point in the year where activity in the vegetable garden has reached a fever pitch. It is likely to remain busy for some time through the summer. We are actually at a point where we are managing things that are starting to reach maturity while looking forward to the fall.
There’s no better example of this than the squash family — while you may have summer squash and zucchini preparing to mature, it is time to cast an eye toward fall and plant pumpkins. Continue reading Squash family provides harvest for summer and fall
The fact of the matter is that producing flowers and fruits are tasks that take large amounts of energy. Unlike animals, which can increase food consumption to meet increased energy demands, plants are at the mercy of the amount of energy they can produce on their own. Continue reading Sometimes late bloomers are the best
Many perennial vegetable plants are not only tasty, but also attractive and find a home either in the landscape or vegetable garden. Continue reading Perennial vegetables: long-lasting flavor for the landscape or veggie garden
Sure, you can buy sweet potato starts at your local garden store, but they keep getting more expensive. Maybe you should use the method to produce sweet potato slips at home to start your own. Continue reading Give Your Sweet Potatoes the Slip
Now is the time for a flurry of activity in the garden. Are you ready for spring? Continue reading Spring Forward in the Garden
The year 2016 has been designated as the international year of the pulse by the UN General Assembly.
Just what on earth are pulses? You probably eat them often without knowing what they are called. Continue reading Keep your finger on the pulse
Halloween is just around the corner, so you should definitely be on the lookout for any number of frightful half-human creatures. Chief among the terrifying hordes are vampires, though they seem to have faded into the background as zombies take center stage. But just to be safe, you should definitely have some garlic nearby. Garlic is one of those plants that has worked its way … Continue reading Garlic: Prepare your garden for vampire invasions
The heat of summer has finally arrived. The blazing sun and sticky humidity are enough to make you want to stay in the cool breeze of the air conditioner. It seems an odd time to be thinking about fall, but it is time to plant a few things in the garden so that you can have a last hurrah in the veggie patch. Most people … Continue reading Plant now for fall vegetables’ last hurrah
Our region has certainly suffered under an overabundance of rainfall in the last few months. As I traveled this past week to the National Association of County Agricultural Agents conference in South Dakota, I heard from many of my colleagues in the Eastern states who have been suffering with rain as well. It seems we are not alone in this shift of weather patterns. Those … Continue reading Flooding and storms are a serious risk to gardens