All-America Selections Winners for 2015

All-America Selections has announced several 2015 Winners, including the first vegetatively propagated winners. Following a trial period where these never-before-sold varieties are “Tested Nationally and Proven Locally” the AAS judges have submitted their evaluations and selected only the best performers as AAS Winners. To learn more, read this article…

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Got Pumpkin Pie? Thank a Bee!

Pumpkins are a staple for Halloween decor, and in pies for Thanksgiving and other winter holidays.  There are many native bees that pollinate pumpkins and other squashes that are being researched as the domesticated honeybee continues to decline. To learn more about the USDA research, read this article…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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National Garden Bureau’s Vegetable of the Year 2014: Cucumber

Every year, National Garden Bureau selects one edible to feature in their “Year of the” program. Cucumbers were selected for their popularity, how easy they are to grow and the wide diversity of types of cucumbers available to today’s home gardener. To learn about this popular vegetable, read this article…

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All-America Selections Winners for 2014

All-America Selections has announced several 2014 Winners, including a new designation of regional winners. Following a trial period where these never-before-sold varieties are “Tested Nationally and Proven Locally” the AAS judges have submitted their evaluations and selected only the best performers as AAS Winners. To learn more, read this article…

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The Buzz About Bees: Let’s Protect Our Pollinators

Bees are very important pollinators, critical to the production of many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy, as well as the economic health of growers in Wisconsin and nationally. Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel discusses how the WI DATCP is protecting these essential insects in this article…

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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…

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