Garden vegetables and herbs

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Is a dog latrine a bad place to grow vegetables?

Feb 2019
I'm very concerned about the health hazards of eating food grown in the beds where a dog has pooped. At this point, I could build a fence around the whole garden to stop any further damage, but I'm wondering about the existing and persistent harm of bacteria or worms that may now be in the soil. My house mate's dog did her duty in multiple beds throughout the ...

By Ross Penhallegon | Featured Question

Should my garlic be growing?

Nov 2018
We planted our garlic for the first time last month. Should it already be growing?

By Anna Ashby | Featured Question

I have droopy asparagus, what can I do?

Apr 2018
We have had a wonderful patch of Jersey Giant asparagus for the past twenty five years. This year, we have something "infecting" a few of the clumps of our asparagus and we can't identify it. It appears to be some kind of wilt or virus?

By Steve Renquist | Featured Question

Why are my mashed potatoes like glue?

Jan 2018
I'm a certified, occupational chef, been making mashed potatoes for 30 yrs. I've noticed in the last couple of years, that red or golden Yukon, also boiler potatoes, are turning to glue, while whipping! Potatoes are being made the same way, no changes. What's up? By the way, I am not using russet or baker potatoes, only boiler potatoes. Not allowing to stand in ...

By Sagar Sathuvalli | Featured Question

We have been having pea shooter wars, will our ammo sprout?

Jul 2017
Long story, but we're using dried navy beans (purchased from the grocery store) as pea-shooter ammunition in the back yard. It's lots of fun (with safety goggles), but I'm afraid all these beans will germinate somewhere in the fall/spring, and then I'll have a mess in my back yard. Is there any way to stop the germination process for these beans?

By Kristena LaMar | Featured Question

Should I tame my asparagus or let it run wild?

Sep 2015
My asparagus is now at the end of the second year. I picked a few and it has been going wild ever since. My question is what do i do with it? Just let it die back on its own, or do I cut at ground level for winter? I am on the southern coast in Langlois. 

By Scott Thiemann | Featured Question

I have some rogue veggies from my compost, should I eat the rascals?

Aug 2015
I maintain a fairly productive compost pile that I use to replenish my raised beds each year. This year, I have a large number of plants (mainly squash and tomatoes) that have come up in beds where this compost was used. Someone told me that it might be dangerous to eat veggies from these seeds that I assume did not get completely broken down in the composting process. Maybe something to do with excessive nitrogen levels? Is this true, or are these veggies safe to eat?

By Linda Brewer | Featured Question

Must I be bitter about my cucumbers? Can you help me out of this pickle?

Jul 2015
Why are some of our cucumbers bitter? We have to peel quite a bit off to get to the sweet meat and even after doing that they are still sometimes bitter.

By Jean R. Natter | Featured Question

Yikes, I have too much yacon. Any ideas on how to use it?

Jul 2015
We've been growing yacon for several years and having good results. Problem is this year we've got a lot of yacon. Does anyone have any ideas on ways to use the root? We dice it up with our breakfast (along with other veggies and then break an egg on top). But we need more ways to eat it since we have so much.

By Nellie Oehler | Featured Question

Does sweet corn reproduction need a helping hand?

Jul 2015
I have sweet corn, and the tassels are out, and I see silk down below. So, do I really need to pollinate sweet corn by hand, or should it just be "given its privacy"?

By Chip Bubl | Featured Question