Growing in Franklin
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Growing in Franklin News Articles
June – Summer Squash
Welcome to summer finally. Each month we will be sharing an article about things you can grow in Franklin County. We also plan to share articles about how to prepare some of the vegetables and fruits that we write about. These monthly articles will provide you with more information about growing in Franklin County.
Squash and Zucchini grow in abundance this season of the year. It seems like the more you pick, the more it grows and grows and grows. Having an abundance of squash and zucchini can come with great benefits and there are lots of nutrition benefits and recipes that you can use these vegetables with. Zucchini and squash are often thought of and used as a vegetable; however, both are technically a fruit.
July – Eggplant
In this month’s article we are going to look at a member of the nightshade family (the eggplant) that many people may not eat regularly and most do not grow. The plant is kin to such crops as the Irish potato, tomato, tomatillo and pepper. The eggplant is thought to have originated in Asia, and the first record of the vegetable was from the 5th century.
Eggplants, also known as aubergines, belong to the nightshade family of plants and are used in many different dishes around the world. There are many varieties that range in size and color. And while eggplants with a deep purple skin are most common, they can be red, green, or even black.
August – Okra
In this month’s article we are going to share information about a warm season vegetable crop that is currently in season. Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) is a warm season crop that is a tall upright plant with a hibiscus type flower that originated in Africa. The immature seed pods are the edible part of this plant.
Okra is the edible pod of the okra plant. You probably know it best for its soluble fiber content, which creates what is sometimes described as a slimy goo. The gooeyness can be minimized by stir-frying at high heat or cooking in a soup or stew such as gumbo, where the fiber disperses and provides a thickening agent. If you cook okra with an acidic food, such as lemon juice, vinegar, or even tomatoes, it helps to cut down on the slime factor.
September – Collard Greens
In this month’s article we are going to share information about a cool season vegetable crop that is currently being planted. Collard Greens are a cool season crop that grow as a loose bouquet rather than a tight “head” like a cabbage. Collard greens are one of the most popular grown vegetables in the South.
Collards are grown during early Spring and Fall because the plant can withstand frosts and light freezes. Set transplants out in early Spring or late Summer. Many people will seed the plants and pull their own bare root transplants or seed them directly in a tray for plug transplants. Place seed in moist soil usually ½ to ¾ inch deep.
Collard greens are typically a holiday staple, especially New Year’s Day, but collard greens are a high nutrient vegetable that you can enjoy any time of year. Collard greens are a cruciferous versatile vegetable that is rich in many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Despite their low calorie count, collard greens contain many important nutrients.
Growing your own transplants from seeds can give you a head start on planting or the opportunity to plant whenever you would like. In many cases, it gives you the opportunity to grow a special cultivar (variety) of a plant or vegetable that you cannot purchase at garden centers.
When purchasing seeds make sure you purchase only enough for one year, or have plans on how you will store those leftover seeds.