Emperial Lifestyle: How to Perfectly Grow the Most Googled Vegetables in New York

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The following article was provided by All About Gardening.

New research has revealed the vegetable that New Yorkers wants to learn how to grow the most, with cucumbers being the most popular vegetable.  

The research conducted by gardening experts at AllAboutGardening.com analyzed Google Trends data to establish the vegetable that has highest search volume for ‘how to grow’ it in each American state in the past five years.   

Cucumbers are the most popular vegetable in New York and second most popular overall across America with seven states searching for how to grow them more than any other vegetable including Vermont, Nebraska, Texas and Iowa. Vegetable expert from AllAboutGardening, Logan Hailey's top tip for growing cucumbers is to trellis them: "If you want to save space in your garden and yield higher quality cucumbers that are less prone to disease, trellis cucumbers rather than letting them vine along the soil. Use a cattle panel mounted on T-posts or rebar to create a cheap, simple trellis. Then, plant cucumbers about 12” apart and allow them to vine up the panel. Prune off the suckers to promote more fruit growth and keep plenty of airflow between foliage."

The analysis revealed that potatoes had the highest number of states searching for them the most, with a total of fourteen American states, including Tennessee, Utah, Illinois and Montana - making them the most popular vegetable in America. Expert Logan reveals the best tip for growing your own potatoes is to pre-sprout them: "Pre-sprouting or “chitting” your seed potatoes can jumpstart your harvest by up to two weeks and reduces the risk of rot and waste. To do this, you should lay your potatoes out in an even single layer on a tray or in egg cartons, place them in a light area (such as a window sill or porch) with the optimum temperature ranging from 60-70°F and let them sprout until they’re around an inch long before planting."    

A total of six states searched for how to grow beetroots the most out of any vegetable - the third highest number of states in the research. States with residents searching for how to grow beetroots the most include Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Alabama. Commenting on how to grow beetroots properly, Logan states: "Beets often lack the nutrient boron, which can lead to “black heart rot”, weak leaves, or poor root growth. If you suspect your soil is lacking in bioavailable boron, you can side-dress or foliar spray with an organically-approved Borax (boric acid) at a rate of 1/2 ounce per 100 square feet."

Two vegetables came joint fourth, with five states searching for each of them the most respectively – these vegetables carrots and zucchinis.  

Carrots were the most searched for vegetable in five states – Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana and Minnesota. In order to best grow carrots, Logan advises the following: "Due to their finicky watering needs, carrot seeds tend to be a difficult to germinate. Try using a piece of row cover or clear greenhouse plastic laid over the soil surface to maintain even moisture until they sprout. Also don’t forget that thinning is essential for quality carrots. If you have noticed spindly or undeveloped carrot roots, be sure that you are using snips to thin out 2-4” of space between each carrot seedling."

Zucchinis were the vegetable with the most searches for how to grow it in Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio and Wyoming. Zucchinis are notoriously prone to powdery mildew, to prevent this, Logan explains: The secret to keeping zucchini plants disease-free is maintaining air circulation by providing 2-3 square feet of space per plant, keeping weeds down, and preventatively applying diluted neem solution during moist conditions. It also helps to mulch with a straw or dried leaf mulch to prevent rain splash onto the leaves."

Three vegetables came joint fifth, with four states interested in growing these vegetables – onion, bell pepper and squash - more than any other.

The states that wanted to learn how to grow onions more than any other vegetable were Washington state, California, Massachusetts and Oregon. A quick tip Logan shares for anyone wanting to learn how to grow onions is to save time: "If you’re an impatient gardener craving spring scallions or sweet onions, opt for “onion sets” or starter bulbs to make your harvest quicker. These mini onion bulbs can be planted instead of seeds to save you time and effort from thinning."

The states of Florida, New Mexico, Georgia and Wisconsin searched how to grow bell peppers more than any other vegetable. Logan advises the following for anyone looking to grow their own bell peppers: "Boost bell pepper yields and flavor by amending vermicompost or composted chicken manure to your garden beds. These moderate feeding Solanaceae-family crops also love an added boost of diluted fish and kelp fertilizer once they begin flowering."

The squash was also the most searched vegetable to learn how to grow in four states with those states being Hawaii, Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia. The secret to getting the sweetness in a squash, Logan reveals, is to cure them properly: "Proper curing squash is the secret to sweetening the flavor and enjoying butternut or pumpkin pies all winter long. As your winter squash plants thrive in the garden, prepare a cool, dry area for curing with a ventilated table, fans, and dehumidifier (if in a moist climate). When it comes time to harvest, wait until the squash vines begin to wither and yellow, then cut your squash with 2-3” of stem and let them firm up in your curing chamber for 7 to 14 days. This can also be done in the garden if you are lucky enough to have warm, dry fall weather."

Lettuce was the most searched for vegetable in only one state – Missouri. Logan reveals it can be tricky to grow lettuce: "Lettuce gives us a bit of a predicament: we crave its crisp, cool leaves in the heat of the summer, yet these plants are quick to bolt and become bitter in hot weather. If you want to enjoy tasty summer salads, opt for bolt-resistant varieties like ‘Salanova’ and companion plant them in the dappled shade of your trellised tomato plants."

Meanwhile, turnips were also the top searched vegetable to learn how to grow in only one state with that state being West Virginia. To ensure you're growing the perfect turnips, Logan suggests consistency: "Consistency is key with turnips. If you want crisp, tender turnips, use drip irrigation or soaker hoses on timers to ensure a slight but continuous soil moisture. Use ample compost to increase water holding capacity and ensure that the soil doesn’t ever dry out."

Commenting on the study, a spokesperson from AllAboutGardening.com said: “Learning how to grow your own food, in particular, vegetables is not only a great skill and hobby to have, but is an incredibly useful way to cut costs when grocery shopping.

This data offers a fascinating insight into the geographical trend of which vegetables are most popular to grow across America which is likely attributed to varying climates.”

State

The vegetable each state wants to learn how to grow the most

Alabama

Beetroot

Alaska

Potato

Arizona

Carrot

Arkansas

Zucchini

California

Onion

Colorado

Beetroot

Connecticut

Potato

Delaware

Potato

Florida

Bell Pepper

Georgia

Bell Pepper

Hawaii

Squash

Idaho

Zucchini

Illinois

Potato

Indiana

Carrot

Iowa

Cucumber

Kansas

Carrot

Kentucky

Zucchini

Louisiana

Carrot

Maine

Cucumber

Maryland

Squash

Massachusetts

Onion

Michigan

Beetroot

Minnesota

Carrot

Mississippi

Squash

Missouri

Lettuce

Montana

Potato

Nebraska

Cucumber

Nevada

Beetroot

New Hampshire

Potato

New Jersey

Potato

New Mexico

Bell Pepper

New York

Cucumber

North Carolina

Beetroot

North Dakota

Potato

Ohio

Zucchini

Oklahoma

Potato

Oregon

Onion

Pennsylvania

Beetroot

Rhode Island

Potato

South Carolina

Cucumber

South Dakota

Potato

Tennessee

Potato

Texas

Cucumber

Utah

Potato

Vermont

Cucumber

Virginia

Squash

Washington

Onion

Washington

Potato

West Virginia

Turnip

Wisconsin

Bell Pepper

Wyoming

Zucchini

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