Resources by Tony Bratsch

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Do Fall Crucifers Have A Place In Virginia? Jul 21, 2009 2906-1304
Taking Another Look At Globe Artichokes At Virginia Tech Jul 21, 2009 2906-1306
Notes on Harvesting and Handling Melons Jul 21, 2009 2906-1308
Specialty Crop Profile: Pawpaw (part 2) Jul 22, 2009 2906-1319
Displaying in a Farm Market Jul 24, 2009 2906-1333
No-till Organic Culture of Garlic Utilizing Different Cover Crop Residues and Straw Mulch for Over-wintering Protection, Under Two Seasonal Levels of Organic Nitrogen Aug 17, 2009 2906-1389
Off-season Management Tasks and Considerations for Selected Small Fruit Crops Aug 17, 2009 2906-1390
Specialty Crop Profile: Pumpkins May 1, 2009 438-100
Specialty Crop Profile: Ornamental Gourds May 1, 2009 438-101
Specialty Crop Profile: Asparagus
Asparagus, (Asparagus officinalis), is a hardy perennial vegetable belonging to the Lily Family. It is grown for its succulent early spring vegetative shoots that originate from an underground crown (Figure 1). Nutritionally, asparagus is almost 92 percent water, and it provides fairly high amounts of carbohydrates, vitamin A, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, and phosphorus. A native of coastal Europe, asparagus has naturalized over much of the eastern United States. With the assistance of man and birds that have spread the seeds, asparagus can be found in gardens, old homesteads, fencerows, roadsides, and railroad right of ways across the state. It is well adapted to most of Virginia, preferring well-drained loam soils and easily tolerating winter cold and summer heat. Asparagus is long lived, and a well-managed planting can last 10 to 15 years. For those considering it as a potential crop, good planning and soil preparation are essential for long-term success.
Jan 28, 2015 438-102 (HORT-91P)
Specialty Crop Profile: Blueberries May 1, 2009 438-103
Specialty Crop Profile: Horseradish May 1, 2009 438-104
Specialty Crop Profile: Ribes (Currants and Gooseberries) May 1, 2009 438-107
Specialty Crop Profile: Globe Artichoke
Globe artichoke (Cynara scolymus L.) is an herbaceous perennial that is grown for its tender, edible, immature flower buds. The globe artichoke should not be confused with Jerusalem artichoke, another member of the composite family native to North America, which is grown for its fleshy tubers. Globe artichoke plants can become large: four to five feet tall and wide, with long, heavily serrated silvery green leaves (Figure 1a).
Jan 28, 2015 438-108 (HORT-92P)
Specialty Crop Profile: Rhubarb May 1, 2009 438-110