Cabbage is a hardy vegetable that grows especially well in fertile soils. There are various shades of green available, as well as red or purple types. Head shape varies from the standard round to flattened or pointed. Most varieties have smooth leaves, but the Savoy types have crinkly textured leaves.
It’s no secret that America’s honeybees are dying: The media have been full of stories about their demise. But what you might not know is that the situation is especially dire in Illinois. Beekeepers here reported that 62 percent of their colonies died last year.
AMES, Iowa – Cucumbers are a widely cultivated plant that grow well in warmer weather, making them a perfect summer plant in any home garden. As it gets time to harvest, there can be a few problems that may arise.
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Each year the National Garden Bureau selects several different types of plants to be designated as the “Year of” plants. This year’s selection for the vegetable of the year is carrots (Daucus carota subsp. sativus). Carrots are easy to grow, are very adaptable to most garden soils and locations, come in a wide variety of types and colors and are nutritious as well.
Vegetable garden harvest is in full swing, and we're enjoying the fruits of our labors. But while trying to figure out what to do with all the produce, you might also think about what to do after your current plantings are done. Why not start a fall garden this year? That way, you can continue growing fresh produce into the fall.
There is some confusion about just what the phrase “organically grown” means. To confuse matters more there is another phrase, “naturally grown” that may seem to mean the same thing. Still another statement often heard is that the vegetables were “grown without the use of pesticides.” These phrases do not mean the same thing.
Ever wonder what to do with all your garden produce or perhaps you bought too many items at the Farmers Market? Don't worry, University of Illinois Extension will guide you in how to safely preserve and store your fresh fruits and vegetables.
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