Vegetable facts to get you growing
Cucumbers #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Cucumbers #1

Did you know that cucumbers are not necessarily easy to digest? For that reason, several “burpless” varieties have been developed that are easier on the human digestive system.

Beets #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Beets #2

Did you know that beets thrive the most in loose soil? Make sure your soil is thoroughly worked before planting and you have created the best soil for them to thrive.

Potatoes #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Potatoes #2

Did you know that covering potato plant leaves and stems as the plant grows will encourage more/new tuber growth? Typically, each plant will produce between three and six “regular” sized potatoes and multiple smaller ones. Harvest potatoes when the plant blooms or when leaves begin to turn yellow.

Parsnip #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Parsnip #1

Did you know that cooking parsnips is similar to cooking carrots? Cooking them with a beef roast and allowing them to cook in the meat juices will add a richness to their flavor.

Shallot #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Shallot #2

Did you know that shallots originated in Asia? It is believed that French knights introduced them to Europe when they returned from the Crusades. They are a member of the onion family. It is also believed that Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto introduced them to America in 1532.

Tomato #3 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Tomato #3

Did you know that tomatoes go with almost any savory dish? Serve raw with fresh mozzarella for an amazing salad, stuff raw tomatoes with tuna or chicken for a healthy main dish alternative, cook down into sauces or serve broiled with bacon and sausages for a hearty breakfast.

Chard #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Chard #1

Did you know that chard varieties thrive in low acid soil (just like beets!!)?

Broccoli #3 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Broccoli #3

Did you know that broccoli is a member of the cabbage (Cole) family?

Celery #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Celery #1

Did you know that celery is a member of the parsley family?

Carrots #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Carrots #2

Did you know that there are almost as many varieties of carrots as days in the year? From short to finger to Half-long to Cylindrical to Standard. What we typically buy at the supermarket just happen to be one of…

Spinach #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Spinach #2

Did you know that spinach can have either a traditional flat leaf or a crinkly leaf (a “savoy leaf”)? Spinach is related to both beets and chard.

Brussels Sprouts #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Brussels Sprouts #1

Did you know that Brussels Sprouts are heavy nitrogen users? If you have sandy soil or get a lot of rain, you will need to supplement some form of nitrogen to encourage head growth and formation.

Onion #3 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Onion #3

Did you know that onions come in seed form, transplant form and set form? Sets are onions where development has been halted. The smaller the set (think fingernail size or smaller) the better.

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?

Summer Squash #3 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Summer Squash #3

Did you know that, while squash blossoms can be either male or female, they need pollinators to help achieve full pollination? If you are an apartment deck gardener, you may need to employ a soft-bristled brush to pollinate your female…

Kale #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Kale #1

Did you know that kale requires a slightly higher pH than many other plants and is a bit of a nitrogen hog? If you have sandy soil, plan on supplementing nitrogen for your kale to maximize performance.

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