Beetlejuice!

Cucumber beetles are out! The beetles that are emerging now had overwintered 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 cucumber beetles. Adult cucumber beetles eat leaves and stems of...

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...

About Cucumbers

This week’s lesson: Cucumbers! “Cool as a cucumber!” as the saying goes, these summertime veggies are crisp and refreshing on a hot day. FUN FACT: did you know the inside of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees F cooler than the outside temperature? Some varieties are better for slicing...