Using Buckwheat as a Garden Cover Crop

As your peas, spinach, radishes, and lettuce are finishing, consider replanting with buckwheat for a soil fix! Buckwheat is a warm-season annual cover crop and can be planted mid-spring through August to smother weeds, loosen tight soils, and fix nitrogen into the soil.  Buckwheat is quick to germinate and should be mowed about 7 days […]

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Growing Romanesco

Growing Romanesco

What’s that weird vegetable with the pointed cones all over it? Related to broccoli and cauliflower, it’s an unusual crucifer called romanesco. Even though it may not be something you see every day, it’s just as easy to grow as its more common relatives. Looking like an elaborate work of art or alien from space, […]

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Consider Using Straw, Hay, or Compost in Your Garden for Mulch

Straw, hay, or compost will help keep down weeds, conserve moisture so you do will not have to water as often, and will add organic matter to the soil at the end of the season. It also does not have to be removed at the end of the growing season While fabric and plastic mulch […]

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Growing Swiss Chard

Growing Swiss Chard

Many people aren’t familiar with the leafy vegetable Swiss chard. This easy-to-grow plant is the same species as beets, but is grown for the leaves and enlarged petioles instead of the root. It can be eaten raw or cooked and can be substituted for spinach in many recipes. Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris var. cicla in the Family Chenopodiaceae) […]

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New Seed Catalogs Provide Wealth of Information

Winters in the Midwest can be dreary and cold, but when the new seed catalogs arrive they can make even the coldest day in winter bearable. Seed catalogs are not only fun to look at but they provide an opportunity to explore and learn about new exciting varieties of vegetables or flowers that you might […]

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All-America Selections Winners for 2014

All-America Selections has announced several 2014 Winners, including a new designation of regional winners. Following a trial period where these never-before-sold varieties are “Tested Nationally and Proven Locally” the AAS judges have submitted their evaluations and selected only the best performers as AAS Winners. Vegetable award winners include: Bean ‘Mascotte’ Pepper ‘Mama Mia Giallo’ F1 […]

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