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Latest Horticulture News

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Smart Shopping: Dodging Disease When Purchasing Plants

May is a prime time to visit your local greenhouse, nursery or garden center to buy annuals, perennials and vegetables for your home garden. Unfortunately, these plants can be carriers of plant disease-causing organisms. Here are some pointers on what to look for when buying plants.

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Tips for Buying and Caring for Easter Lilies

By: Ann Wied, Horticulture Educator, Waukesha County The Easter lily is a favorite Easter-time/Spring treat. It’s a welcome gift following a long winter. It is often thought of as a symbol of hope and life. Whether you are buying one for yourself or as a gift, the following tips will help you be successful in […]

Timely tips for seedling care

Here’s some timely tips when caring for your baby plants. For example, if you are growing seedlings under grow-lights, the tops of the seedlings should be about 1” from the fluorescent tubes. Don’t allow the seedlings to grow into the lights as the leaves may burn. Seedlings don’t need to be as close to the lights if you are using LED lights. Lights should be on for about 16 hours a day for most crops.

Check out Horticulture News Posts from earlier in the season!

Timely Articles for Summer Gardens

Rain Barrels

Mike Maddox, State Master Gardener Program Manager & Darren Lochner, Formerly of the UW-Extension Lower Chippewa River Basin Revised:  2/5/2008 Item number:  XHT1157 What is a rain barrel?  A rain barrel can be any large container designed to collect rain water.  Typically, rain barrels are placed at the bottom of downspouts in order to collect […]

Growing Apples in Wisconsin

A great how-to book for backyard apple growers. Covers everything from planting tips to pruning to disease and insect management strategies.

Drought and Watering of Ornamental Plants

Laura Jull, Woody Ornamental Specialist, UW-Extension, UW-Madison Revised:  7/13/2012 Many of our established woody ornamentals can survive periods of prolonged drought. In response to drought conditions, some of our woody ornamentals, both native and exotic, can start the annual fall leaf defoliation a bit early during prolonged drought conditions.  Leaves can also turn brown and […]

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Mulches for Home Gardens and Plantings

Boost your garden’s production with mulches. This publication shows when to use organic mulches, like bark or leaves, and synthetic mulches, like plastic sheets, and teaches how to apply them.

Specialized Gardening Techniques: Wide-Row Planting, Square-Foot Gardening and Raised Beds

Learn how to make the most of your garden. Features tips for setting up and planting raised beds, including wheelchair access.

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Making and Using Compost in the Garden

Making your own compost is an easy, practical, and satisfying way to make use of yard waste and table scraps. With this publication, designed for the home gardener, you’ll be composting like a pro in no time!

Ten Common Plant Diseases/Disorders You Can Diagnose by Eye

This factsheet summarized ten common plant diseases that are also relatively easy to identify on your own.

Wisconsin Lawn Care Calendar

The following lawn care calendar provides an overview of home lawn maintenance. Not all lawns require every maintenance activity. Be sure to customize the care of your lawn to its specific problems and needs.

Outdoor Hazards in Wisconsin: A Guide to Insects, Plants, and Wildlife

Scott R. Craven, Phillip J. Pellitteri, Mark J. Renz Revised:  1/15/2010 Item number:  G3564 Wisconsin’s bountiful natural resources make it an ideal place for outdoor recreation. Most plants and creatures you encounter won’t hurt you, but timber rattlesnakes, yellow jackets, wild parsnip, and others can be troublesome. This guide will help you recognize, avoid, and […]

Trellising, Staking and Caging – Vertical gardening techniques for vine-type vegetables

Robert Tomesh, horticulture specialist, University of Wisconsin Extension, Cooperative Extension Revised:  3/31/2011 Item number:  A3933-01 Vine-type fruits and vegetables—such as tomatoes, melons, and cucumbers—are some of the most popular produce grown. Various trellising, staking, and caging techniques can be used to enhance yield, minimize disease, and improve harvesting. Find out which techniques will work in […]

Wisconsin Bee Identification Guide

The Wisconsin Bee Identification Guide provides information about 13 of the most common bees found in Wisconsin. From the very small Sweat Bee, measuring in at 1/4″ long, to the big Bumble Bee, this guide helps identify many incredibly important pollinators!

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