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The Garden Scoop

Featuring weekly articles by Ryan Pankau, University of Illinois Horticulture Educator.
Vegetable Gardening
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Its Hard to Beat a Good Beet

When I mention ripe beets coming out of the ground this time of year, I don't get much excitement out of my kids, but they are certainly a favorite of mine. I have fond memories of fresh beets from my grandmother's garden. She served them pretty regularly as a side, fresh when possible and canned the rest of the year, and I actually liked them quite a bit when I was a kid. The hearty root crops...

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Protecting Tomato Plants

Nothing beats a homegrown tomato! Even when in season, the store bought varieties just cannot compare to a fully ripe tomato harvested at its peak from your own garden. So many gardeners across American choose tomato plants for their garden each year for this reason, making it the most planted garden crop in the US. I receive a lot of questions about tomato care each growing season, wit...

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