Carrots are a garden favorite. One of the tastiest ways to enjoy them is to peel them, cut them up into sticks, and serve them raw with dip. They also add a nice touch to stir-fries and soups. Looking for something a little different? Try boiling or steaming some carrots and serving them as aContinue reading “Carrot”
Beets are one of those things that you either love or hate.
Green beans! Steamed, stir-fried, tossed into soup, or boiled and served with bacon bits—these vegetables have to be one of the highlights of the summer harvest.
Asparagus is a much more versatile vegetable than you would think. There are people who eat it raw, but it is easier to digest when it has been cooked. Try it steamed, boiled, grilled, or roasted as a side. Then try out some of the easier ways to use it. Stir-frying adds a whole newContinue reading “Asparagus”
Feed is expensive today, so there’s absolutely no reason to waste it on insects.
We all know that healthy plants are resistant to bugs. Unfortunately, we all too often forget to ask ourselves why this is true. In nature, weak organisms are typically attacked first. In the animal kingdom, predators see and smell the weakness of their prey. Gardeners have long suspected that diseased or dying plants put outContinue reading “Why are Healthy Plants Bug-Resistant?”
If you plan to grow alfalfa in Kansas, K-State has just the guide you need. The Alfalfa Production Handbook is available online for download as a free PDF. Topics include: Choosing a variety. Planting times and methods. Stand renovation. Nutrient needs. Irrigation. Common pests and diseases. Cutting and storing hay. Harvesting alfalfa with livestock. AlfalfaContinue reading “Alfalfa Production Handbook”
Integrated pest management (IPM) is a difficult concept to define because of its complexity. The idea is to use multiple tactics, both proactive and reactive, to keep crop damage below the economic injury level (EIL).
As the growing season gears up, so does the bug season. While all may be peaceful right now, it won’t be long before we start seeing grasshoppers, caterpillars, blister beetles, and other unwelcome visitors in our gardens. Now is the time to remember the old cliché: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound ofContinue reading “5 Tips for Deterring Garden Bugs”
If you spend time outdoors, you come into contact with quite a few insects and other creepy-crawlies: Bees. Ants. Flies. Spiders. Termites. Cockroaches. Earwigs. Crickets. Spiders. On a more pleasant note, there are also butterflies and helpful garden friends such as praying mantises. If bugs fascinate you or someone in your family, you may appreciateContinue reading “Insects in Kansas”