Species and Varieties

Information on choosing species and varieties of vegetable crops, including lettuce, onions, broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, potatoes, beans, corn, garlic, peppers, eggplant and pumpkin. Tips on container growing and transplantation.

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Pumpkin Cultivar Trial Results - Articles Articles

Pumpkin Cultivar Trial Results

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Timothy Elkner, Robert Pollock, Tom Butzler, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We evaluated twenty-one pumpkin cultivars in 2016 and 2017. More
Wheel bug nymphs
Attracting Beneficial Insects - Articles Articles
There are numerous insects that can be considered “beneficial.” More
Vegetables
Vegetables - Articles Articles

Vegetables

Norma Jeanne Young

Photos of vegetables typically grown in Pennsylvania. More
Vegetable Planting and Transplanting Guide
Vegetable Planting and Transplanting Guide - Articles Articles
Listing of the major vegetables and the "best" time to plant. More
Seasonal Classification of Vegetables
Seasonal Classification of Vegetables - Articles Articles

Seasonal Classification of Vegetables

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Peter Ferretti

Plants can be classified by the temperatures which produce optimum growth. The two broadest categories of plants based on temperature are cool-season and warm-season crops. More
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Late Summer Lettuce - Articles Articles

Late Summer Lettuce

John Esslinger

If you have a patch in the garden to plant something for later in the fall, frost-hardy, low-light lettuce is a good choice for late summer planting. More
Butternut Squash Cultivar Evaluation 2011
Butternut Squash Cultivar Evaluation 2011 - Articles Articles
To provide growers with information for successful, region-specific cultivar selection, in 2010-11 we evaluated several types of squash cultivars in conventional and organic systems across the state. More
2012 Broccoli Variety Trial
2012 Broccoli Variety Trial - Articles Articles
Results of the 2012 broccoli variety trial at Rock Springs, PA. More
Acorn Squash Cultivar Evaluation
Acorn Squash Cultivar Evaluation - Articles Articles

Acorn Squash Cultivar Evaluation

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D.

To provide growers with information for successful, region specific, cultivar selection in 2010-11, we evaluated several acorn squash cultivars in a conventional system across the state. More
2012 Bell Pepper Variety Trial
2012 Bell Pepper Variety Trial - Articles Articles

2012 Bell Pepper Variety Trial

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D.

Both ‘5059’ and ‘1819’ produced the highest yields in both number of fruit and weight compared to both ‘Aristotle’ and ‘Archimedes’. More
General Recommendations for Growing Vegetables in Containers
General Recommendations for Growing Vegetables in Containers - Articles Articles

General Recommendations for Growing Vegetables in Containers

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

Basic steps include: making sure you have large enough containers, using great potting media, fertilizing, dealing with pests,and waterering. More
Container Grown Tomatoes
Container Grown Tomatoes - Articles Articles

Container Grown Tomatoes

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

Tomatoes are probably the #1 container vegetable that interests gardeners after herbs. More
Container Grown Peppers
Container Grown Peppers - Articles Articles

Container Grown Peppers

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

This article, coupled with the advice in "Growing Great Container Vegetables #1: General Recommendations", should get you on the path to success. More
Container Grown Eggplants
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Container Grown Eggplants

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

This article, coupled with the advice in "Growing Great Container Vegetables #1: General Recommendations", will get you growing great eggplants. More
Container Grown Cucumbers, Zucchini and Squash
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Container Grown Cucumbers, Zucchini and Squash

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

This article, coupled with the advice in "Growing Great Container Vegetables #1: General Recommendations", will get you growing great cucumbers and squash. More
High Tunnel Fresh Market Slicer Tomato Variety Trial 2011
High Tunnel Fresh Market Slicer Tomato Variety Trial 2011 - Articles Articles
High Tunnel acreage in the Mid-Atlantic continues to grow due to improvements in tomato quality and earlier harvests in crops grown in tunnels. More
High Tunnel Cherry and Grape Tomato Variety Trial 2011
High Tunnel Cherry and Grape Tomato Variety Trial 2011 - Articles Articles
High Tunnel acreage in the Mid-Atlantic continues to grow due to improvements in tomato quality and earlier harvests in crops grown in tunnels. More
High Tunnel Trellised Cucumber Variety Trial: 2013
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High Tunnel Trellised Cucumber Variety Trial: 2013

Steve Bogash, Ian Gallo, William Brandenburg

Many growers are seeking to extend the cucumber growing season to take advantage of periods where local market supply is relatively low. More
Sweet Corn Ears
Sweet Corn Production - Articles Articles

Sweet Corn Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Initial investment is relatively low, and many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired. More
Potato Cultivars Suggested for Pennsylvania and Resistance Characteristics
Potato Cultivars Suggested for Pennsylvania and Resistance Characteristics - Articles Articles
Host resistance is an important tool for managing diseases. Potato cultivars vary in susceptibility to common diseases including late blight, early blight and common scab. More
Tomatoes on the Vine
Tomato Production - Articles Articles

Tomato Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Many marketing opportunities are available for small-scale growers, making it easier for growers to find niche and more substantial markets. More
Pumpkins
Pumpkin Production - Articles Articles

Pumpkin Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Pumpkins are well-suited to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Marketing opportunities, such as wholesale, retail, and pick-your-own, are options. More
Producción de Brócoli
Producción de Brócoli - Articles Articles

Producción de Brócoli

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Miguel Antonio Saviroff, MS, Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

El brócoli es un cultivo que se presta bien a las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Peppers
Pepper Production - Articles Articles

Pepper Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

Peppers lend themselves well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. More
Potatoes
Potato Production - Articles Articles

Potato Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

With many varieties and high consumer consumption, potatoes fit well with many small growers and can be marketed through various outlets. More
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