Upper South

March, 2005
Regional Report

Web Finds

Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners
The Cornell University Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners online citizen science project provides an avenue for gardeners to share their knowledge with the vast Internet community. The concept is simple: gardeners visit the Web site and report what varieties perform well -- and and not so well -- in their gardens. Other gardeners visit to view the variety ratings and read the reviews to decide which ones might work well for them. The site is easy to search, and the varieties can be listed alphabetically or by ranking in overall quality, taste, ease of growth, yield, or days to maturity.

Clever Gardening Technique

Monitor Soil Temperature
With the first warm days of spring, how tempting it is to plant some vegetable seeds. Yet it is not the air temperature that most often controls seed germination, but rather the soil temperature. How do you take the soil's temperature? Why, with a soil thermometer! Actually, any thermometer that is long enough to permit reading the temperature when the bulb is inserted will work, but there are thermometers specifically designed for this purpose.

To learn more about taking the soil temperature and the preferred temperature requirements for different vegetables, here are a few Web sites to check out:
http://www.aginfo.psu.edu/News/april00/soiltemp.html
http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex1203?opendocument
http://www.ext.vt.edu/departments/envirohort/articles2/sdgrmtmp.html
http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/Sciences/BotanicalSciences/PlantReproduction/SeedGermination/SeedGermination.htm

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