Vegetable Growing Guides
For the ultimate in vegetable growing information, including cultural requirements and integrated pest management strategies, check out the University of California's Vegetable Research and Information Center page. You'll find growing guidelines for every vegetable under the sun in this user-friendly site. Links will lead you to local Cooperative Extension offices, downloadable publications, suggested planting dates depending upon region, and a host of handy tips for both seasoned and novice gardeners.
Favorite or New Plant
Colchicum autumnale, better known as autumn crocus, is one of the plants I love this time of year. As the name implies, this bulbous plant produces flowers in the fall, at a time we very much appreciate their color. This lily relative requires moist soil and prefers semi-shade but will grow in full sun if kept well watered. Fall-planted bulbs produce leaves in spring that die back during summer. In the fall, when you've forgotten they were even planted, they suddenly produce a flowering stem topped with a lovely bloom. Autumn crocus is an easy-care garden standout, available in white or shades of lavender and purple.