Vegetables

Eggplant #7

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Did you know that eggplant plants can grow up to six feet tall? The fruit can vary in size from long and slender to round to the more traditional purple bulbous egg-shape?

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rhubarb

Rhubarb #3

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Did you know that when you grow rhubarb from seed you may get a different variety than expected? Plants do not grow true from seed – you are better off using cuts from existing plants or buy divisions from your local garden center.

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Okra #3

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Did you know that when an Okra plant begins to set pods, they are so fast growing that harvest should be every other day? If pods get too large, the plant will stop producing new ones.

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String Beans #6

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Did you know that water on a bean flower can cause the flowers and small pods to fall off? Avoid top watering and focus on keeping the soil moist as beans typically have a shallow root system and need regular moisture.

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Summer Squash #6

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Did you know that vining squash can be grown in an elevated garden? Just make sure you train the vines to grow over the side or into a trellis – otherwise you risk the squash plant taking over your entire growing space!!

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Cucumbers #3

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Did you know that cucumbers are very sensitive to frost and cold weather? Their short growing season (55 to 60 days) makes them viable in almost any growing area.

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turnip

Turnip #4

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Did you know that turnips are related to rutabaga? Turnips originated in the Mediterranean during prehistoric times while the rutabaga (a cross between cabbage and turnip) came along in the Middle Ages.

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Tomato #7

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Did you know that tomatoes are the most popular fruit grown by home gardeners? While it is usually consumed as a vegetable, tomatoes are technically a fruit (and were called Love Apples based on their heart shape and the perception that they were an aphrodisiac) – the average consumer eats 18 lbs. of tomatoes each year – this does not include ketchup or other sauce-based products.

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Celery #4

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Did you know that celery seeds are VERY slow to germinate? It is much easier to plant transplants – and being a cool weather plant, you can put your transplants in ~two weeks before average last frost date. To be ready for Spring, you should start seeds two to four months prior to your planting date (we did say VERY slow to germinate!).

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Peas

Peas #5

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Did you know that there is a difference between shelling-type peas and edible pod type peas? Edible pods are a fairly recent development – pick the young pods before the peas fully develop.

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