Category: Crops

Whodunits

By Eric Sideman, Ph.D. The causes of some garden tragedies are obvious, while other causes are mysterious. When Colorado potato beetles eat every leaf and your potatoes never get larger than golf balls, there really is no puzzle to solve. But sometimes gardeners don’t know what went wrong, and they chalk some problems up to

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Sunflowers

Sunflower seed is planted in rows 30″ apart using a tractor-mounted corn planter and cultivated several times with mid-mounted sweeps. These plants were growing at UMaine’s Rogers Farm. Rick Kersbergen photo. by Polly Shyka If the pinecone is Maine’s state flower, then the sunflower, a native, useful, generous and beautiful plant, should be the national

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Grow Turnips

Rutabagas (right) have a denser, mostly yellow-fleshed, rounder root than turnips. The leaves of rutabagas have a blue tint and are not hairy, as are those of turnips, and the roots of rutabagas arise from the underside of the tuber as well as from the taproot. Rutabagas take longer to grow but have a richer

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Grow Edamame

Butterbeans, a cultivar of edible green vegetable soybeans, have a sweet, buttery flavor. Photo courtesy of Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Albion, Maine. By Roberta Bailey Nearly 20 years ago, I wrote an article for The MOF&G entitled, “What is tofu?” At the time tofu was not available in convenient, pre-packed cartons on any grocery store shelf,

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Linden

Linden leaves, flowers, fruit, twig and seed. From Trees of Northeastern United States, Native and Naturalized, by H.P. Brown, Ph.D., The Christopher Publishing House, Boston, 1938. by Deb Soule In southern Maine, linden trees begin blooming in late June. Their sweet fragrance invites thousands of honeybees to feed upon the abundant nectar that the yellowish-green

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Lost Your First Bean Crop Try Again

Lost Your First Bean Crop? Try Again! Copyright 2009 by Jean English If rain, cold, slugs or rot got your first planting of snap beans this year, it’s not too late to plant again. Most bush snap beans mature within one and one-half to two months, so you can plant enough in early July to

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Pest Reports 2019

The Pest Report is a compilation of short discussions of pests, diseases and practical growing considerations relevant to the time of year. These discussions have been written by Eric Sideman, myself, and sometimes other New England crop advisors. Discussions of pest and diseases include the biology of the organisms themselves, symptoms and effects on plants,

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Pest Reports 2018

Pest Report – August 1, 2018 In this issue: Spotted Wing Drosophila Hornworm Garlic Problems Read more Pest Report – July 6, 2018 In this issue: Cabbage Aphid Squash Bug Powdery Mildew Read more Pest Report – June 25, 2018 In this issue: Potato Leafhopper Alert Cucumber Beetle Early Blight Thrips on Onions Three Lined

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Pest Reports 2017

Pest Report – August 23, 2017 In this Issue: Garlic Problems Cabbage Aphid Read more Pest Report – July 24, 2017 In this issue: Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Squash Vine Borer Three-lined Potato Beetle Powdery Mildew Squash Bug Read more Pest Report – June 26, 2017 In this issue: Potato Leafhopper Imported Cabbage Worm and

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Pest Reports 2016

Pest Report – December 2, 2016 In this Issue: Downy Mildew of Spinach Read more Pest Report – July 7, 2016 In this issue: Squash Vine Borer Striped Cucumber Beetle Three-Lined Potato Beetle Colorado Potato Beetle Imported Cabbage Worm Potato Leafhopper Powdery Mildew Squash Bug Read more Pest Report – May 27, 2016 In this

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