Get Your Updated Garden Publications

It is almost time to plant the garden. You do not need a big space, container gardens and small plots (like 4’x4’ plot) will produce enough for you to enjoy that fresh garden taste. A couple of years ago, I blogged about “My Top Ten Reasons to Garden”. I skimmed them this morning and they are still on target.

The Iowa State University Horticulture department recently updated several publications with all the new cultivars, for the home gardener. They are available to download or you can purchase them from our store.

Container Vegetable Gardening

PM 0870B

Includes information regarding: container construction, size, and capacity; crop selection and planting density; summer care (location, watering, fertilization, tomato tips). Lists suggestions for 12 container garden vegetables (more than 40 cultivars) including: carrots, cucumbers, peppers, spinach, and tomatoes.  Gives a recipe for soiless potting mix.

Small Plot Vegetable Gardening

PM 0870A

This publication outlines recommendations and techniques for growing quality vegetables in a limited space, including planning, site selection, summer care, and space saving techniques. Lists suggestions for 16 garden vegetables (more than 50 varietals) including: cucumbers, green beans, peppers, pole beans, spinach, tomatoes, summer and winter squash, and others.

Planting a Home Vegetable Garden

PM 0819

Provides basic how-to information, including seedbed preparation, seed selection and sowing, and using transplants. Chart gives planting guidelines for 37 vegetables.

If you have a question, check out the Yard and Garden FAQs Home Page.  The database has answers to over 750 commonly asked questions on a wide range of gardening topics.

How to “Preserve the Taste of Summer”

The heat and drought are hard on fruits and vegetables, so production at home and at farmers markets is down.  But, you might still be able to find some great tasting fruits and/or vegetables to can, freeze, pickle, dry or make into jam.   Using current tested recipes and procedures is very important, both to make sure your food is safe and to get the best tasting results.

Sometimes I freeze tomatoes to use in chili and soup and berries (when I can get them for a bargain).  My sisters and I make jam and salsa from our garden and give them away to our friends and relatives. We have fun working together and the food gifts seem a little more special when you make them instead of buy them.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has new on-line classes, regional workshops, and a new series of free publications with the latest recommendations on food preservation called Preserve the Taste of Summer.  Plus ISU Extension Answerline, toll-free in Iowa 800-262-3804, is still available and answered by friendly, patient Home Economists.

 

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