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Top Vegetable Varieties for North Dakota in 2013 and How to Water House Plants

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Submitted by Craig Askim, Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Top Vegetable Varieties for North Dakota in 2013

The cold, winter weather seems to be what everyone is talking about, not liking it, and wishing spring would hurry up and get here. Spring is not that far away. If you are interested in trying any of these varieties it would be in your best interest to start looking for them now.

A team of over 500 North Dakota gardeners has evaluated hundreds of vegetable varieties the past five years. The team rated the varieties for germination, vigor, earliness, yield and taste. Following is a brief summary of the findings. A more complete listing of recommended varieties, as well as annual reports and summaries since 2009 is available at www.dakotagardener.com/trials/. Here are some of the top varieties of the more popular vegetables.

Beans – Bush (Higher Yielding): Blue Lake 724, Derby, Jade, Strike; Filet: Maxibel; Wax: Carson

Carrots – Orange Varieties: Nelson, Laguna, Hercules; Purple: Haze; Yellow: Chablis

Cucumbers – Early Maturity: Straight Eight; Slicing: General Lee; Flavor: Sweeter Yet; Pickling: Divia

Beets – Red: Merlin; Early Maturity: Early Wonder; Higher Yields: Detroit Dark Red

Kohlrabi – Early Maturity: Winner; Higher Yields: Kossak; Purple: Kolibri

Sweet Corn – Bi-Color Sweet Taste: Trinity; Sweet Flavor/Higher Yield: Xtra-Tender 277A, Vision; Yellow/Yield:  Honey Select

Peas – Shell: Lincoln; Snap Peas:  Sugar Ann; Snow Pea: Oregon Sugar Pod 2

Peppers – Green: Bell Boy, Flamingo; Orange: Orange Blaze; Italian: Giant Marconi, Carmen, Marcato

How to Water House Plants

Watering houseplants seems like a simple thing, but many of us don’t do it properly. For some reason, we think our plants benefit from a drink of water whether or not their soil is already moist. This is wrong! Roots need to breathe (just like we do). When we keep the soil constantly wet, roots can’t get the air they need.

Water only when the soil needs it. Stick your finger one inch deep into the soil. If the soil is dry, then it’s time to water. If the soil is moist, the plant does not need—or want—more water. Water thoroughly so all the soil becomes wet. Make sure water comes out of the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot. Use water that is at room temperature to avoid shocking the roots. After 30 minutes, dispose of the water that accumulated in the tray (don’t dump it back into the pot since this water is full of salts).

Source: Tom Kalb – NDSU Extension Service Horticulturist – 701-221-6865.

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