Safely Using Manure in the Garden

Steven Ingham, UW-Madison Food Science Revised:  1/5/2007 Item number:  XHT1143 Many vegetable gardeners swear by the benefits of manure as a fertilizer.  Adding manure to soil improves the soil’s texture and water-holding capacity while providing nutrients needed by growing plants.  Unfortunately, fresh manure can also contain bacteria that can contaminate vegetables and cause human disease.  […]

Extending the Garden Season

Cold frames and hot beds, hoop houses, cloches, and floating row covers allow gardeners to grow plants earlier in spring and later in fall. Although these structures are used primarily for growing vegetables, they may be used for growing ornamentals, including flowering plants, as well.

Using Cover Crops and Green Manures in the Home Vegetable Garden

Doug Higgins and Kristin Krokowski, UW-Extension Waukesha County, and Erin Silva, UW-Agronomy Revised:  5/13/2012 Item number:  XHT1209 What are cover crops and green manures?  Cover crops are plants grown in a garden to improve a soil’s physical structure and fertility.  As cover crops grow, they become reservoirs for important plant nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus […]

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.

The Vegetable Garden

H.C. Harrison Revised:  8/6/2012 Item number:  A1989 Gardening is a universal hobby. A vegetable garden can provide nourishing food, healthful exercise and profitable leisure for people of all ages. Vegetable plants, like other living, growing things, have certain requirements. They need a good fertile soil, water, sunlight, and protection from their enemies. The successful gardener […]

Harvesting Vegetables from the Home Garden

To ensure high quality, nutritious vegetables from your garden and to prevent waste, proper harvesting at the right stage of growth is essential. This 4-page publication briefly lists the characteristics to look for to know when it’s time to harvest.

Growing Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, and Other Cole Crops in Wisconsin

K.A. Delahaut, A.C. Newenhouse Revised:  10/10/2011 Item number:  A3684 This detailed publication is packed with practical information for organic and conventional growers, and it’s tailored to Wisconsin’s growing conditions. Cole crops covered: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi. Insect pests detailed include: imported cabbage worm, cabbage looper, diamondback moth, flea beetle, cabbage […]

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