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These engaging mini-webinars are 30 minutes including Q&A. Mini-webinars are free, but registration is required.
The first nine presentations in this series are now online. View them here.
The next series is called Fall into Winter Gardening.
and will be live on October 13- 27.
Find out more information on these webinars.

Online Courses: Growing and Caring for Plants in Wisconsin: Foundations in Gardening

Offered every fall, this is an online introductory course where you learn key concepts for selecting, growing, and maintaining plants- from trees to houseplants to vegetables!
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New to Gardening?

Gardening and learning to grow your own food provides many benefits, but we know it can be a bit intimidating when first starting out.
Check out our
New Gardener Resources to get your Wisconsin garden started quickly and easily.

Latest Horticulture News

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Over-seeding Lawn in Autumn

After stressful summer, lawn grasses in Wisconsin rejuvenate in autumn and it is considered one of the best times to seed, renovate and establish new lawns. Moderate temperatures in 70’s and ample soil moisture in September promotes speedy establishment of lawn grasses.

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Now’s a great time to fertilize your lawn

If you fertilize only once per year, the most important time to fertilize is now, around Labor Day into early September! Apply no more than one pound of actual nitrogen per 1000 square feet per application.

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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.

Check out Horticulture News Posts from earlier in the season!

Timely Articles for Summer Gardens

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!

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.

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 […]

WPR Garden Talk: Late Summer Threats by Lisa Johnson & Brian Hudelson (August 10, 2019)

Late summer in the garden can be a challenge. We turn to two plant experts to discuss how to deal with pests like lily leaf beetle and jumping worms, and diseases like mildew and cedar-apple rust.  Listen to this episode.

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 […]

Backyard fruit care tips for summer season with Vijai Pandian (August 16, 2019)

By mid- to late summer the grapevine smothers out the fruit clusters and tends to outgrow beyond its trellis. This leads to poor air circulation around the plant, blocking light penetration and paving the way to fungal diseases like downy mildew and powdery mildew that decimate the fruits. Selective leaf removal around the fruit clusters […]

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.

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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!

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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.

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.

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 […]

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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