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A guide to growing, preparing and preserving vegetables from the University of Illinois Extension
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Q & A in the Vegetable Garden

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Gardeners need basic tools: hoes, trowels, gloves, etc. No tool is as essential as a resilient spirit. We vacillate from grandeur and glory to headache and heartbreak all in one season and sometimes all in one day. Just about the time we think we have it figured out, the game and the players change. Here are a few common questions (or personal growth opportunities) about growing a vegetable garden.

 

The Homeowners Column: University of Illinois Extension

 

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Winter Squash: Easy to Grow and Good for You

Winter Squash: Easy to Grow and Good for You | Vegetable Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Winter squash are easy to grow, have high nutritional value, and some kinds store well for several months.

 

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Your Guide to Growing Pumpkins

Your Guide to Growing Pumpkins | Vegetable Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Pumpkin is a warm-season vegetable that can be grown throughout much of the United States. Besides being used as jack-o'-lanterns at Halloween, pumpkins are used to make pumpkin butter, pies, custard, bread, cookies and soup.

 

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Your Guide to Growing Peppers

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The sweet varieties of peppers, especially the bells, traditionally have been by far the most popular in the United States. They are eaten green or ripe and are used for salads, stuffing, soup, stews, relishes and pickling. New developments in color and form have done nothing to dull the popularity of sweet peppers. Hot pepper varieties have also enjoyed a rebirth of popularity recently, mainly due to various ethnic cuisines that use their unique flavors and heat creatively.

 

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A New Taste for Collard Greens

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The large, sturdy leaves of collard greens hold up so well to heat that they can be used in a variety of creative dishes, writes Martha Rose Shulman in this week's Recipes for Health.

 

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Maintain Broccoli for Late Season Harvests

After you have harvested the main head of broccoli, you can still maintain the plant to harvest smaller heads as the season progresses.

 

University of Illinois Extension

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Build Your Own Bamboo Trellis

Learn how to build a trellis.

 

Michigan State Extension

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Sources and Impacts of Contaminants in Soils

Soils are formed by the decomposition of rock and
organic matter over many years. Soil properties vary from place to place with differences in bedrock composition, climate, and other factors. At times, the amounts of some soil elements and other substances may exceed levels recommended for the health of humans, animals, or plants. Certain chemical elements occur naturally in soils as components of minerals, yet may be toxic at some concentrations. Other potentially harmful substances may end up in soils through human activities.

 

Cornell University

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Growing Power, Green Team Lend Hand to Local Gardeners

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"The only two things that money can't buy, that's true love and homegrown tomatoes," croons Guy Clark's folksy tribute to the beloved garden fruit.

 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Time to Plant Mustard

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Mustard is a quick-to-mature, easy-to-grow, cool-season vegetable for greens or salads

 

Watch Your Garden Grow - University of Illinois Extension

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Vegetable Diseases | The Wisconsin Gardener | WPT Video

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Brian Hudelson, plant pathologist teaches us how to identify and prevent vegetable plant diseases.

 

The Wisconsin Gardener

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Using the Vegetables Grown in Your Garden or Purchased at the Farmer's Market

Using the Vegetables Grown in Your Garden or Purchased at the Farmer's Market | Vegetable Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

We often have grown both the usual and some less common vegetable types in our gardens and also have a chance to purchase many different types at the Farmers Market.

 

Wisconsin Horticulture

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A Guide to Growing Common Herbs

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Tips on growing and preserving herbs.

 

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Pruning and Staking Tomatoes

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The main goal of pruning and staking tomatoes is to keep fruits off the ground, protect the fruit from sunburn and get a decent crop.

 

U of IL Extension

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Composting Central

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Resources for the composting of yard and garden waste, livestock manure and food scraps.

 

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Tricks For Sowing Small Seed

Here's a few helpful tips for planting those tiny seeds.

 

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Your Guide to Growing Tomatoes

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Hundreds of varieties of tomatoes are now available for the home gardener. They range widely in size, shape, color, plant type, disease resistance and season of maturity.

 

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What's Wrong with My Sweet Corn?

Growing sweet corn in the home garden can be a challenge. You need to grow enough corn to ensure good pollination as well as deal with pests like corn rootworm beetle.

 

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Vegetable Garden in a Swimming Pool

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Eight years ago, 52-year-old flight attendant Louise Tremblay thought she had finally found her dream home tucked into the woods in the Quebec countryside.

 

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Soil Contaminants and Best Practices for Healthy Gardens

Soil quality is affected by many factors, including past and present land use and nearness to pollution sources. Soil test results and site history can provide information to guide efforts to improve garden quality and protect the health of gardeners, their families, and others in the community.

 

Cornell University

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Tips for Trouble-Free Tomatoes

Somehow, millions manage to grow gazillions every year. They say the devil is in the details when
growing this fruit of the gods. Here are a dozen details that make it work and how.

 

Wisconsin Extension

 

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Square Foot Gardening Makes the Task a Joy

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Square foot gardening, as taught by Mel Bartholomew, has become one of the most popular methods of home gardening because it is simple and cost-effective. Here's all you need to know to get started.

 

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NOAA's National Weather Service: Check Your Local Forecast

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Check your local weather forecast.

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Ask a Master Gardener

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Answers to your gardening questions are just a click away. Cook County Extension Master Gardeners will answer your emailed questions.

 

University of Illinois Extension serving Cook County

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Identifying and Enhancing Natural Enemies in Vegetable Crops

A thirty minute video about how to identify and enhance natural enemies. The video also includes strategies for habitat management.

 

Ohio State

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