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…

Harvesting Vegetables from the Home Garden

To ensure high quality, nutritious vegetables from your garden and to prevent waste, proper harvesting at the right stage of growth is essential. This 4-page publication briefly lists the characteristics to look for to know when it’s time to harvest.

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…

Squash Vine Borer, Melittia cucurbitae

The nemesis of almost everyone who tries to grow squash in the Midwest, squash vine borer is a difficult problem to control. The larvae of this day-flying moth tunnel in the stems of zucchini, winter squash and pumpkin, causing the plants to wilt and frequently die. To learn more about this native insect pest, 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…

Earwigs

Many people are repulsed by the sight of an earwig and its intimidating back end. But those pinchers are mostly just for show, and these insects won’t harm people. They are primarily scavengers feeding at night, but they will eat some living plants and may cause damage at times. To learn more about these “icky” insects, 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…

Rosemary, Rosemarinus officinalis

Rosemary is an aromatic plant with a long history of use as a culinary and medicinal herb. Although not hardy to our area, it is easily grown in containers that can be moved indoors for the winter to have its bright, fresh flavor available at all times. To learn more about rosemary, see this article…

Common Purslane, Portulaca oleracea

Portulaca oleracea is a low-growing plant with succulent leaves. This annual grows quickly to produce a mat of tart-flavored edible leaves. Because of its fast growth, prolific seed production, and ability to survive in all types of soils, most people think of it as a pest, but some consider it a vegetable. To learn more about this edible weed, read this article…

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