Vegetables

Asparagus #3

Asparagus #3 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that you can plant Asparagus crowns four to six weeks before your area’s average last frost? Always use well-grown, well rooted crowns as starters.

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String Beans #7

String Beans #7 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that you can crowd your beans a bit? They seem to like being close to other plants and can benefit from the shade as the weather warms up.

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Beets #8

Beets #8 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that you can (and should) treat your thinned beet seedlings (beets grow in clusters so need to be thinned) like spinach and enjoy as an early season treat to enhance your salads?

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Brussels Sprouts #4

Brussels Sprouts #4 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that you can “late harvest” Brussels Sprouts by removing the plant, removing any leaves and hanging in a cool dry place? This will keep your sprouts fresh for up to a month!

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winter squash

Winter Squash #2

Winter Squash #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that Winter Squash is almost identical to Summer Squash in terms of growing and raising guidance? Most Winter Squash are allowed to mature (and their outer shell or rind to thicken until it becomes unpleasant to consume) before harvesting? This is one of the main differentiators between Winter and Summer varieties.

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turnip

Turnip #5

Turnip #5 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that while turnips are commonly grown as a root vegetable, the greens are also edible? Cook greens with olive oil, onions and some seasoning (both sweet and spicy work – and work together) to create a compelling side dish that is popular in the South!

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Endive #2

Endive #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that Endive is also called Escarole? It is a cool season crop that can either replace or enhance a lettuce or green salad. Do not confuse Endive with Belgian Endive which is the young, blanched sprout of the Chicory plant!

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Tomato #8

Tomato #8 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that while tomatoes come in various shapes and sizes, the only real difference in varieties is whether they are best used for eating or best used for canning or preserving? Did you know there are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes – different sizes (grape, cherry, beefsteak), colors (black, red, yellow) and amount of juice (Roma, Plum, SanMarzanos)?

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Parsnip

Parsnip #6

Parsnip #6 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that when you thin parsnips you should not pull out the thinned seedlings? Cut the leaves instead so as not to disturb the remaining seedlings.

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Beets #7

Beets #7 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that when you harvest your beets you should never cut the leaves off (always twist them off)? This prevents bleeding which some gardeners feel leads to flavor loss and color loss!

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