June 19, 1991
Centipedes are common arthropods with long, flattened, segmented bodies with one pair of legs per segment. The house centipede is up to 1 1/2 inches long and has 15 pairs of very long, slender legs. Each leg is encircled by dark and white bands. The body is brown to grayish-yellow and has three dark stripes on top.
The rutabaga is a cool, long-season crop. It performs best when planted in the summer for a fall crop. Sow seed at a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch from June 15 to July 15 in central Iowa. Rows should be spaced 2 to 2 1/2 feet apart. After germination, thin to 6 to 8 inches between plants.
The best variety for the midwest is 'American Purple Top'. The large roots have a purple-skinned top. The remainder of the root is light yellow. The flesh is also yellow.
Note: this article was originally published in 1991. Research since then has changed the outlook for purple loosetrife. See an updated article on this subject.