Seed Starting

Starting your garden from seeds might be easier than you think. Check out this article to get practical tips on starting your plants from seeds.

Maintaining Lawn and Garden Tools

When it comes to digging in the garden or pruning trees and shrubs, having high quality tools that are cleaned, lubricated, sharpened and otherwise properly maintained, makes any outdoor job simpler and more efficient. Learn how to maintain your garden tools in this useful factsheet.

Using Crop Rotation in Home Vegetable Garden

Crop rotation in the home vegetable garden involves changing the planting location of vegetables within the garden each season. Crop rotation is used to reduce damage from insect pests, to limit the development of vegetable diseases, and to manage soil fertility. Learn the basics in this factsheet.

Common Spiders In and Around the Home

W.L. Gojmerac Revised:  1/24/2012 Item number:  A2135 Approximately 1000 species of spiders are found in this country, living almost anywhere.  Learn about the dangers and problems and control of some spiders.   Download Article

Growing Vegetables at Home: Questions and Answers

Helen C. Harrison Revised:  10/10/2011 Item number:  A2801 Here are answers to the questions gardeners ask most often about growing vegetables. From asparagus to watercress, this guide covers over 50 vegetables plus other basic gardening topics (37 pages). Crops included: asparagus, beans, beets, broccoflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chard, chickory, chickpea, […]

Winter Salt Injury and Salt-tolerant Landscape Plants

Laura Jull, UW-Extension Revised:  8/13/2012 Item number:  A3877 This publication focuses on recognizing and preventing plant damage caused by deicing salts, evaluates the pros and cons of alternatives to rock salt, and provides an extensive list of salt-tolerant plants.   Download Article

Houseplant Care

Amy Gibbs* and Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  5/11/2010 Item number:  XHT1033 Where do I put my houseplant in my home?  Two of the most important factors in placing a houseplant in your home are light and temperature.  Know both the light requirements of your plant and the sources of light in your home […]

Planning and Designing Your Home Landscape

Dan A. Wilson, Thomas J. Wilson, Wayne G. Tlusty Revised:  5/10/2010 Item number:  G1923 This publication explores landscape planning: putting the plan on paper; selecting, placing, and planting trees and shrubs; and maintaining the home grounds. Download Article

Pruning Deciduous Trees

Laura Jull, UW-Madison Horticulture, UW-Extension Revised:  8/13/2012 Item number:  XHT1014 Why prune trees? Pruning is important for a variety of reasons.  Pruning can help control the size of a tree, direct growth, influence flowering or fruiting, or maintain plant health and appearance.  Pruning can also increase the safety of a tree by removing broken, diseased, […]

Forcing Bulbs

Ann Joy and Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  3/9/2012 Item number:  XHT1144   Wisconsin gardeners do not have to give up growing flowers during the long winter months.  Many plants grown from bulbs (also those grown from corms or rhizomes) can be forced to bloom indoors during the winter by giving them the combination […]

African Violets

Amy Gibbs* and Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  4/26/2010 Item number:  XHT1034 What are African violets?  African violets (Saintpaulia spp.) are popular flowering houseplants in the Gesneriad family (Gesneriaceae), native to Tanzania in East Africa.  Their compact forms make them ideal for use on tabletops, windowsills, and hanging baskets.  There are many varieties of […]

Pruning Deciduous Shrubs

Laura Jull, UW-Madison Horticulture, UW-Extension Revised:  8/13/2012 Item number:  XHT1015 Why prune shrubs?  Pruning is important for a variety of reasons.  Pruning can help control the size of a shrub, direct growth, influence flowering or fruiting, rejuvenate old, overgrown plants, or maintain plant health and appearance.  Pruning also encourages growth below the pruning cut.  In […]

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