How do you renovate old plantings

You can renovate neglected and weedy asparagus beds as long as the plants are free of rust, located on well-drained soil, and not more than 15 years old. To begin, remove or break over and chop old asparagus tops with a disk, rotary tiller or hoe in early spring before spears appear. Next, apply a complete fertilizer such as 5-10-20. Broadcast it at the rate of 20 to 30 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Fertilize each year thereafter. Add 3 to 5 pounds of ammonium nitrate per 1,000 square feet at...

Does sweet corn cross with field corn and popcorn

Sweet corn crosses readily with both field dent corn and popcorn if plants are grown near each other and shed pollen at the same time. However, field corn and popcorn cultivars usually shed their pollen later than sweet corn cultivars so crossing is uncommon. When crossing does occur with field corn or popcorn, sweet corn kernels contain slightly more starch and less sugar they are less sweet and less tender than normal. Mixed white and yellow kernels appear on sweet corn ears if white or...

Can you grow peanuts in Wisconsin

The peanut, a legume, grows reasonably well in southern and central Wisconsin, especially on lighter, well-drained, fertile soils. However, the state's growing season is generally too cool and too short for the fruits to reach full maturity thus, they probably won't store well. Seed peanuts around May 10 in rows 24 to 30 inches apart. Thin plants to 12 to 15 inches apart in the row. Harvest by lifting plants with fruits attached, then cure thoroughly in a dry, well-ventilated place. Remove...

What are some different bean cultivars

The 'Romano' bean is a flat-podded snap bean cultivar introduced from southern Europe. The original 'Romano' pole bean grows well in Wisconsin as does the 'Bush Romano.' This cultivar is especially noted for its good quality when frozen. Seed 'Romano' beans around May 10 in rows 24 to 30 inches apart with plants 2 to 3 inches apart in the row. Harvest when pods are well developed but still young and tender. Older pods are fibrous. Broad or Windsor bean. This bean is sometimes...

Growing Vegetables In Containers

You can grow certain vegetables in boxes, large pots or other containers. These crops include chives, cucumber supported on a trellis , eggplant, lettuce, parsley, pepper and tomato supported on stakes or a trellis . Container soils are different from garden soils and thus require special care. If you grow a crop in a container, you have to add sand, perlite, vermiculite, calcined clay, bark, rotted sawdust or peat to your garden or potting soil. These soil amendments are important to container...

How can you tell if a watermelon is ripe

It is hard to determine whether or not a watermelon is ripe. Although the part of the watermelon touching the soil turns from a light grass-green to a darker, cream green as the fruit ripens, many people thump watermel-ons the solid sound produced indicating ripeness, while a sharper sound indicates a greener fruit. Results of this technique vary, depending on how the fruit is lying on the soil. A good indicator of ripeness is the condition of the tendrils nearest the melon. They curl and dry...

What are ediblepodded peas

Seeds of edible-podded peas, also called snow or Chinese peas, are exceptionally sweet and tender. The pods are more tender than those of other peas, but become fibrous unless picked when young. Both dwarf and tall cultivars of edible-podded peas are available. Some of the edible-podded pea cultivars have high sugar content and fairly thick-walled pods. Unlike the Chinese peas, these are best harvested when the seeds are more mature when the pods are filled out. Sugar Snap tall and Sugar Ann...