The one time of year that almost all gardeners look forward to is the arrival of the first new garden catalogs of the year. These usually start arriving right in December with the real flood of colorful catalogs showing up in our mailboxes after the beginning of the New Year.
How to Grow It
Carrot is a hardy, cool-season vegetable. Carrots are eaten both raw and cooked and they can be stored for winter use.
Some cucumber varieties form long vines that may ramble or be trellised. Others are bush types that fit more easily into a small garden or even a large container.
Snap beans, also called “green beans” or “string beans” (although most modern varieties do not have strings) are harvested when the pods contain immature seeds, and the pods are still succulent.
The most common type of pea in American gardens is the shelling pea, also called the “garden pea” or “English pea.” Tender, sweet peas are removed from thin, tough pods before eating.
SDSU Extension will be offering a 9-week Food Preservation series, every other Tuesday starting on June 2 at 10 AM CDT/ 9 AM MDT.
During this time of the growing season, it is common to observe aphids on garden plants, including peppers. However, when dense aphid populations are present, they can reduce pepper yields and cause rapid plant health decline.
When thinking of asparagus pests, we normally worry about early season feeding on developing spears. However, late summer and fall scouting is important to get ahead of spring insect problems. Two insects we recommend scouting for are the common asparagus beetle and the twelve-spotted asparagus beetle.
Squash bugs are a headache for gardeners almost every year in South Dakota. As their name implies, squash bugs feed on squash along with many other cucurbits. Injury caused by extensive feeding appears as wilting and may result in the death of infested plants.