Vegetable facts to get you growing
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Kohlrabi #2

Did you know that Kohlrabi is also called a “turnip cabbage” as it is part of the Cole family and has flavor characteristics of both those plants? The name comes from the German “kohl” meaning cabbage and “rabi” meaning turnip.…

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Parsnip #4

Did you know that parsnip roots are not harmed by the ground freezing? Your garden is the best storage space for mature parsnips – some people even think this enhances flavor (the low temps convert the root’s starch to sugar). Make sure you harvest before the ground becomes unworkable.

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Beets #4

Did you know you can plant beets very early in the spring and still get a successful grow? Beets are frost resistance and make a great winter crop in the south.

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Tomato #6

Did you know that tomatoes stop growing when the temperature reaches 95 degrees Fahrenheit? Best performance is achieved between 65 degrees and 85 degrees. If evening temperatures do not fall below 85 degrees, the fruit will not ripen properly.

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Onion #5

Did you know that onions are frost hardy? Bulbs can be planted over the fall and winter in the south for spring harvest.

Spinach #5 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Spinach #5

Did you know that New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonoides) is not actually spinach? It is a member of the Marigold family that, when cooked, is a ready replacement for spinach. New Zealand spinach is heat tolerant and can be grown all summer – regular spinach enjoys cooler weather.

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Broccoli #6

Did you know that once the main head is harvested, smaller clusters or heads will grow from the cut point – meaning you can get mini-broccoli after the main head is harvested!

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Okra #1

Did you know that Okra grows best in well-draining soils and gardens? Too much moisture causes stem rot. While Okra is not recommended for traditional container gardens, it will grow well in a properly maintained Eco Garden.

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Lima Beans #5

Did you know that lima beans are a perfect salad component when they are raw? Let them marinate in a vinaigrette dressing for 24 hours and you will have a real flavor and texture enhancement for your salad.

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Eggplant #3

Did you know that eggplant originates in India and the East Indies and is sometimes referred to as Guinea squash?

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Sweet Potato #3

Did you know that once you cure sweet potatoes (store in a dark, humid place at 80-85 degrees for ~10 days to cure your potatoes) they can be stored for up to six months in a traditional root cellar?

String Beans #3 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

String Beans #3

Did you know that most string bean varieties will not set pods when the temperature rises above 80 degrees?

Spinach #4 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Spinach #4

Did you know that spinach’s growing cycle is ~50 days? Each foot of planting should yield about a half-pound of spinach.

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Pumpkins #1

Did you know that make and female flowers grow on the same pumpkin vine? Male flowers typically appear a week or two before the female flowers and you can identify female flowers by the baby pumpkin bulge between the flower and the vine. Even with flower proximity, pumpkins perform best when nature’s pollinators (mainly bees) do their job well.

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Celery #2

Did you know that magnesium rich and calcium rich soil can help protect celery from common disease (Pink rot, black heart, blights, etc.)?

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Rhubarb #1

Did you know that rhubarb leaves contain a toxic substance? Only the stalks are good for eating. Do not allow your rhubarb to reach flowering stage – remove the flower stalk when it first appears.

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