Day: March 13, 2016

Spring Outlook in Missouri Another Coin Toss
Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. ~ writer Lewis Grizzard (Photo by Harald Hoyer)

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. ~ writer Lewis Grizzard (Photo by Harald Hoyer)

Missouri is a transition state as far as weather is concerned. Part of the state is northern, another part is southern and there’s a part that’s in between the two. That makes weather forecasting in the Show-Me State a real challenge.

Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension. Explains why you might have to toss a coin to determine what spring may bring.

 

 

Don’t Wait Too Long to Get Cool Season Vegetables in the Ground
Broccoli, a cole crop and cool season vegetable (Photo by Robert Wetzlmayr)

Broccoli, a cole crop and cool season vegetable (Photo by Robert Wetzlmayr)

Cool season vegetables, as their name implies, really like cool temperatures and cool soil. If you don’t plant these crops early enough there will not be enough time before the summer heat arrives, especially in Missouri. If you’re waiting until may to plant crops like spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, just to name a few cool season crops, warm temperatures will wipe them out long before there’s a crop to harvest.

Today’s guest is Jennifer Schutter, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. She talks about proper planting dates, how to transition from cool season vegetables to warm season ones and how to plant a second cool season crop.

 

 

Vegetable Gardening

 

Gardening is cheaper than therapy and

you get tomatoes. ~ Author Unknown

 

Cabbage and cauliflower - a cole crop and cool season vegetables

Cabbage and cauliflower – a cole crop and cool season vegetables