Beetlejuice!

Cucumber beetles are out! The beetles that are emerging now had overwintered (darn! we were hoping the polar vortex would wipe them out) and are out to mate. In about a week, females will lay eggs in the soil and once hatched, the larvae will nibble on corn roots before developing into...

Bigger harvest?

Do your tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, or peppers have flowers already? If the plants are small or not very bushy, take a moment to pinch off the flowers until about mid-June in the Chicago area. The flowers will bear fruit once pollinated, but if your plant is too small when it...

Lettuce Explain Bolt...

Are your lettuce or spinach plants suddenly very tall? They may be bolting! This is when they send up a long flower stalk to begin the next stage of their lives – seed production! At this point, the leaves will be a little less sweet or even bitter, but you can still pick them off the...