Can I grow Vidalia onions in Mississippi?
To be named Vidalia onions, they must be grown within 75 miles of Vidalia, Georgia, by federal law. However, sweet onions can be grown in Mississippi, which are just as good as Vidalia onions. Three keys to sweet onions are variety, soils, and stress.
The pungency in onions is governed by sulfur containing compounds:
- Growing a variety of onion which does not accumulate sulfur such as grano or granex types.
- Growing onions on soils which are low in sulfur.
- Allowing the onions to be stressed for water or nutrients during the growing season will produce a sweet onion.
Last week, I sang the praises of my favorite cool-season vegetable and explained how it is both edible and ornamental. Kale is a multitasking super food that is really easy to grow from seed. But there are other great cool-season vegetables like lettuce and collards. I consider these must-haves for my garden, and they also are easy to grow from seed, especially in containers.
Last week, I told you about culinary peppers that I like to grow and ultimately consume. This week, I want to share another way to use peppers in our second summer garden and landscape.
It’s the end of July, and much of my vegetable garden is a distant memory due to the summer heat and humidity. But I’m always encouraged by the production I enjoy from my pepper plants.
Knowing that many Mississippians share a love for home-grown tomatoes, two Mississippi State University Extension Service agents designed programs just for them.
ELLISVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State University representatives met with agricultural clients in Ellisville recently to discuss research and education needs for 2018. More than 115 individuals attended this year's event.