Malabar spinach, Basella alba

While most leafy greens wither or go to seed in the heat of summer, hot weather is when Malabar spinach shines. This tropical perennial vine (unrelated to true spinach) is ornamental as well as edible. With flesh leaves, its heavy foliage on twining stems needs sturdy support. To learn more about this interesting plant, read this article…

Scarlet Runner Bean, Phaseolus coccineus

If you’re looking for a multipurpose plant to cover a trellis or fence, provide some food, and have showy flowers, look no further than scarlet runner bean. This fast-growing ornamental edible offering bright red flowers and tasty beans is right at home in any garden. Learn more about scarlet runner bean in this article…

The Vegetable Garden

H.C. Harrison Revised:  8/6/2012 Item number:  A1989 Gardening is a universal hobby. A vegetable garden can provide nourishing food, healthful exercise and profitable leisure for people of all ages. Vegetable plants, like other living, growing things, have certain requirements. They need a good fertile soil, water, sunlight, and protection from their enemies. The successful gardener […]

Pineapple sage, Salvia elegans

Pineapple sage has been used as both an herb and an ornamental.  Most people are attracted to it for the pineapple scent of the leaves when crushed, but it is a good addition to the ornamental garden for its attractive foliage, and if frost holds off until late in the fall, the spectacular red flowers. To learn more about Salvia elegans read this article…

Mouse Melon or Mexican Sour Cucumber, Melothria scabra

Looking for something unusual to add to your vegetable garden? Mouse melon or Mexican sour cucumber is a vine in the cucumber family that produces unique tiny fruits to add interest to salads or appetizer trays. To learn more about this different vegetable from Central America that resembles miniature striped watermelons, read this article…

Leeks

Leeks are an onion relative that is very easy to grow. This vegetable native to Western Asia and the Mediterranean is a cool season crop well suited to cultivation in Wisconsin. Because it irequires a long growing season, it is best started indoors many weeks before spring arrives. Lean more about this tasty vegetable by reading this article…

Indian Corn

This time of year seasonal decorations made of natural materials, including Indian corn, show up at Farmers Markets and craft shows. Indian or flint corn is one of many types of maize or corn with colored kernels, either of a single or multiple colors. To learn more about these types of corn that have attractively-colored kernels, read this article…

Sage, Salvia officinalis

Sage may be best known as a flavoring for stuffing at Thanksgiving, but there’s much more to this aromatic plant. With attractive foliage and interesting flowers, this short lived perennial is a great addition to herb gardens, perennial borders or containers. Read more about this useful culinary, medicinal and ornamental plant in this article…

Growing Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, and Other Cole Crops in Wisconsin

K.A. Delahaut, A.C. Newenhouse Revised:  10/10/2011 Item number:  A3684 This detailed publication is packed with practical information for organic and conventional growers, and it’s tailored to Wisconsin’s growing conditions. Cole crops covered: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi. Insect pests detailed include: imported cabbage worm, cabbage looper, diamondback moth, flea beetle, cabbage […]

Swiss Chard

Many people aren’t familiar with the leafy vegetable Swiss chard. This easy-to-grow plant is the same species as beets, but is grown for the leaves and enlarged petioles instead of the root. It can be eaten raw or cooked and can be substituted for spinach in many recipes. Learn more about chard in this article…

Pineapple Mint, Mentha suaveolens ‘Variegata’

Pineapple mint is a fuzzy-leaved plant that can be used as an herb but is more commonly included in the garden as an ornamental for its variegated foliage. Like other mints, it can spread aggressively so needs to be used judiciously. To learn more about this plant, read this article…

Spinach, Spinacia oleracea

There’s not much tastier than vegetables fresh from the garden, especially in spring. Spinach is a quick and easy crop perfect for the home garden. There are many cultivars of this healthy cool season plant that can be used in salads and cooked dishes. To learn more about growing this leafy green, read this article…

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