Coccinellids

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Found this ladybug on a tomato plant; actually, ladybugs are beetles (aka: “lady beetles” or Coccinellids). Some folklore considers the ladybug as a sign of good luck and good things to come. At the Veggie-Bed they are thought of as beneficial insects for consuming plant-eating insect’s larvae and eggs.

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Turnip Greens for Dinner

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Cooking up some turnip greens for dinner at the Veggie-Bed. Highly nutritious and fights fight inflammation, which can lead to heart disease and cancer, turnips greens are a superfood. These greens will be sautéed with olive oil, red onion, and garlic.

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Turnip Patch Varmit

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Caught this varmint in the turnip patch at the Veggie-Bed. This is Lucy Lou, a Walker Hound. Her breed originated in the United States and descends from both the English and the American Foxhound.

Lucy Lou loves people; however, she is quite vocal and voices her opinion without hesitation when it comes to other dogs.

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Adirondack Blue Potato

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One of the newest additions to the Veggie-Bed’s root crop plot is the Adirondack Blue Potato. This young plant started as a potato sprout several weeks ago. When mature the plant will produce underground potato tubers that have a purple tint skin with blue flesh. Bred from ‘Chieftain’ and ‘Black Russian’; this variety was released by Cornell University.

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Sugar Snap

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The 2019 growing season officially started February 15th at the Veggie-Bed. With the ground temperature above 45 degrees and planting by the moon dates, sugar snap peas were the first seeds to go into the ground.

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A cultivar of edible-podded peas, sugar snap peas pods are rounded. Having a less fibrous pod, they are similar in shape to an English pea. Sugar snaps are a cool season legume sowed in early spring that tolerates light frost when young. Capable of climbing to 6 feet a trellis is needed for support by these climbing pea plants.

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With 75 days from germination to an edible pod, sugar snaps deliver an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Served in many delicious recipes few make their way to the Veggie-Bed’s kitchen because they taste great right off the vine.

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Row Planting

Between the freezing and thawing, the new vegetable beds are slowly taking shape.

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After deciding to give the container beds a growing season off here at the Veggie-Bed (zone 8a), we used the traditional way of planting, row planting. Row planting allows for space between rows giving the plants room to grow. Also, planting in rows creates access paths for easy weeding and harvesting. Continue reading Row Planting