Vegetables

When to harvest garlic

Q: Now that my garlic plant has this beautiful bloom will it have a garlic bulb or onion to harvest or do I just leave it? A: By the time the plant flowers, garlic may be a little past optimum...

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Starting A Vegetable Garden On A Sunny Cow Pasture

Q: We are moving out in the country and I’d like to start a vegetable garden. Our property is on a sunny former cow pasture. I’d like to grow corn, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, and maybe potatoes. Any suggestions on...

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Is Compost Tea A Good Fertilizer?

Q: Is compost tea a good fertilizer for the vegetable garden or is it better to just mix the compost into the holes of the plants?  A: I have a history with garden “teas”. I remember helping my mother make...

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My Indoor Corn Plant Doesn’t Look Healthy

Q: I have an old indoor corn plant that won’t die but doesn’t look healthy. I’ve tried various things but I’m not sure how to save it.  A: My first instinct would be to toss it, but I know houseplants...

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Is The Yuca Root The Same As The Ornamental Yucca?

Q: When I eat at Hispanic restaurants, they serve yuca root. I this the same as ornamental yucca?  A: They are not the same, although I sometimes see “yucca” on restaurant menus. Yuca (cassava), Manihot esculenta, is a tropical plant...

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Pruning Okra

Q: In last year’s garden the okra did well but grew way too tall. Can it be pruned to keep it lower and still produce well? A: You sure can! As common okra varieties age, the top of the plant...

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Vegetable Plants Not Affected By Bacterial Wilt

Q: Can you give a list of vegetable plants that are not affected by bacterial wilt. I had this disease diagnosed in my tomatoes last year. A: There is only a very narrow selection! I have never heard of sweet...

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What Range Can Cabbage And Lettuce Crops Stand Before Being Frozen?

Q: My cabbage and lettuce crops are looking great even though we have had colder than normal weather. What range can they stand before being frozen out?  A: It is tough to predict how cold temperatures will affect vegetables. Much...

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My Asparagus Plants Are Four Feet Tall And Bushy

Q: In 2013 we planted UC157 asparagus. We have harvested nice eating-size asparagus since. Now the plants are four feet tall and very bushy. My late husband tended our plot and I’m not sure what he did at this point. ...

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Corn Popped Up Under Bird Feeder – Can I Eat The Corn?

Q: I have several small corn plants that have popped up under a bird feeder. Will this produce corn that I can eat?  A: All seeds used in bird food (millet, wheat, corn, sunflower, peanut, etc.) are delectable to birds,...

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I Want To Grow Asparagus – Where To Start?

Q: I’m interested in growing asparagus but have no experience. What do I need to do to grow it? I understand that Mary Washington is the preferred variety.  A: Asparagus is easy to grow. It is a perennial plant, so...

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Cold Tolerance of Vegetables

Q: My cabbage and lettuce crops are looking great even though we have had colder than normal weather. What range can they stand before being frozen out? A: It is tough to predict how cold temperatures will affect vegetables. Much...

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Okra – Holes in Leaves (Hibiscus Sawfly)

Q: I noticed my okra leaves beginning to show some holes. The leaves also have a lot of worms on them. What can I do for this? A: It’s hibiscus sawfly damage. Early on a humid morning you can find...

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Potato Plant Looks Melted After Freeze – What To Do?

Q: My potatoes were eight inches high when the freeze came recently. The plants look melted. Will the potatoes below send more shoots or should I replant? A: The warm weather we had before the freeze kept soil temperatures pretty...

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How Much Composted/Bagged Cow Manure To Use In A Vegetable Garden?

Q: How much composted and bagged cow manure should I add to my vegetable garden before planting? A: Bagged cow manure contains very little nutrition for plants. And as for adding organic matter to your soil, there are better materials...

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Potato – Seed Pods

Q: This is a stalk from my purple potato plant. In all my gardening years, I have never seen anything like these growing on the stalk above ground. What are they? A: They are potato seed pods! I’m sure you...

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Slug – on Broccoli

Q: I found these bugs on my broccoli plants. What’s the best way to control them? A: You have a slug, not a bug. A common online remedy for slugs and snails is to press a saucer into the ground...

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Nurturing A Corn Plant

Q: We received a corn plant when were married forty-one years ago. Now it’s blooming and the fragrance is wonderful! A: Given appropriate watering, occasional feeding, and the right amount of light, a corn plant can live to a ripe...

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