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Vegetable facts to get you growing
Summer Squash #4 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Summer Squash #4

Did you know that Summer Squash is part of the cucumber family? While Summer Squash is technically a “squash”, we typically consume the immature fruit as a “summer” variety – where the skin and the flesh are considered edible.

Spinach #3 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Spinach #3

Did you know that spinach was brought to America by early colonists? Spinach dates back to the sixth century in China and it was used in Spain as early as the 11th century.

Kale #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Kale #2

Did you know that kale has a very short growth period – ~55 days from transplants? Kale comes in many colorful varieties some for eating and some simply for their colors and “curly nature” of their leaves. If you live…

Asparagus #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Asparagus #2

Did you know that it can take more than three years to establish an Asparagus bed?

Carrots #3 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Carrots #3

Did you know that in cooler climates you should start carrots indoors and then transplant? If you start carrots outside too early, some varieties will simply give up and not produce.

Lima Beans #3 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Lima Beans #3

Did you know that if your growing season is shorter you can start lima beans indoors and replant when the soil temperature warms up?

Beets #3 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Beets #3

Did you know that if you live in a warmer climate you can still grow beets – but you need to mulch them and keep them moist to help them survive the warmer weather?

String Beans #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

String Beans #2

Did you know that high Nitrogen soil will provide great foliage growth at the expense of bean growth? This would not be a good plant to be near Asparagus!

Broccoli #5 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Broccoli #5

Did you know that broccoli was a favorite of the Romans? Pliny the Elder wrote about this in the second century AD.

Lima Beans #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Lima Beans #2

Did you know that lima beans originated in Sothern Mexico and Central America?

Onion #4 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Onion #4

Did you know that harvested onions should be air dried outside for about a week? Properly dried, onions can be stored for up to six or seven months (store in a cool, dry environment).

winter squash
Winter Squash #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Winter Squash #1

Did you know that gourds are closely related to squash? They are used mainly for decorative purposes but were also used in trade around revolutionary times. Haitian currency is still called the gourde which is also Louisiana slang for a dollar.

Peas
Peas #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Peas #2

Did you know that finding a pea pod with nine or more peas is so unusual, it is a custom to make a wish if you find one?

Parsnip
Parsnip #3 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Parsnip #3

Did you know that excess manure in soil will cause root crops – including parsnips – to fork when they grow?

Radish #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Radish #2

Did you know that radishes are the “gateway” vegetable for many young gardeners? There quick speed to maturity fits the fascination level of younger children – and unlocks the mystery of growing things for many.

Endive #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Endive #1

Did you know that Endive is a cool weather plant with a relatively long growing cycle? You can either start early indoors for a quick plant and harvest or plant seeds four to six weeks before the last frost to…

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