Bagging Apples for Insect and Disease Control

Producing high quality apples in home gardens can be challenging due to damage caused by insects and fungal diseases. Insects and wind-borne fungal spores cause damage when contacting developing fruit. An effective way to produce high-quality fruit organically, without the need for spraying, is placing developing fruit in bags. This factsheet describes the process.

The Basics of Micro Irrigation

Micro irrigation has numerous advantages over sprinkler irrigation and can be used in greenhouses, orchards, vineyards, fields, lawns, and gardens. Learn about the components that comprise a micro irrigation system along with the benefits (reduced water usage, reduced potential for foliar diseases, reduced energy costs, etc.) and drawbacks these lower pressure systems provide.

Fruit and Frost

Because of our climate, Wisconsin always has a risk of spring frosts. Temperatures below 28°F will injure or kill flowers or immature fruit. This factsheet will briefly outline critical temperatures at different stages of flower development, and describe how a gardener might protect against late season frosts.

Training and Pruning Apple Trees

Author(s): T.R. Roper Proper training and pruning helps to maximize production of high-quality apples. This illustrated guide shows how and when to prune.   Download Article

Strawberry Pest Management for Home Gardeners

Author(s): D.L. Mahr, P.S. McManus, T.R. Roper Strawberries are one of the easiest fruit crops for gardeners to grow. However, they are susceptible to many disease and insect pests that must be managed to produce consistent crops of edible fruit. This brief 2-page bulletin is a companion to Extension publication Growing Strawberries in Wisconsin (A1597), […]

Fruit Crop Pollination

Author(s): Teryl R. Roper For fruit to develop, pollen must be transferred from the anther to the stigma. Find out which crops require pollen from the flowers of a different cultivar to set fruit, and which can set fruit on their own (3 pages).   Download Article

Fertilizing Small Fruits in the Home Garden

Author(s): T.R. Roper Want a bumper crop of berries this year? Learn to determine your lime, organic matter, and fertilizer needs for raspberries, blueberries, grapes, currants, and gooseberries (4 pages).   Download Article

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.

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.

Home Fruit Insecticides

Authors: PJ Liesch, Annie Deutsch, and Christelle Guédot, UW-Madison Division of Extension Last Revised: 11/13/2019 X-number: XHT1098 Managing fruit crop insect pests can be very challenging.  Pest control involving multiple approaches (referred to as “integrated pest management”) is generally the most effective and safest strategy.  Before taking any management action, make sure to correctly identify any insect pest. […]

Apple Pest Management for Home Gardeners

Patricia S. McManus, Daniel L. Mahr, Teryl R. Roper, UW-Extension Revised:  3/17/2011 Item number:  A2179 Home gardens usually contain only a few apple trees, making it feasible to limit pesticide use and still produce a healthy crop of apples. This extensively updated publication outlines the basic principles of pest management. Learn which non-chemical strategies are […]

Growing Blueberries in Containers

The blueberry is a wonderful fruit rich in vitamin C, dietary fiber, and vitamin E. Due to its popularity, there is a growing interest among gardeners to plant blueberries in backyard gardens.

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