Summer Fungi Aren...

Summer weather has begun! While heat and humidity are favorable to growth for many of our favorite summer fruits and vegetables, they are also favorable to many diseases in the garden.┬áThe first signs – yellowing leaves, brown streaks, and white fuzzy patches – are easy to ignore...

Squash those bugs!

Squash bugs are here, and if you haven’t seen the damage the adult’s toxic saliva can do to your squash and zucchini plants yet, you may have noticed their brown jewel-like eggs under the leaves. The best thing to do now to prevent widespread damage is to search for and destroy...

The Three Sisters

Corn is possibly the most domesticated organism on the planet (aside from us!). Archeologists have identified domesticated corn as old as the oldest identified human settlement in the Americas, but only recently identified its wild parent, teosinte, through genetic testing. On first planting...

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...