Tomato Pruning

Tomatoes are a popular vegetable that many people grow in their home gardens. Pruning tomatoes can create stronger and healthier plants that will grow larger numbers of higher quality tomato fruits later into the growing season.

Home Vegetable Garden Fungicides

Diseases of vegetable plants can pose a challenge for the home gardener. While cultural methods are the preferred options for disease management in home vegetable gardens, if diseases become problematic, fungicide treatments are also an option. This guide will help identify some of the common, and most suitable, fungicides.

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.

Hot-Water Seed Treatment for Disease Management

Growing vegetables from seed is a common practice for many home gardeners. Unfortunately, vegetable seed can sometimes be contaminated with disease-causing organisms, particularly disease-causing bacteria. Learn how to use hot water treatment to reduce pathogens that may be carried on seeds in this guide.

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!

Cucurbit Downy Mildew: Identification and Management

Author(s): Amanda Gevens and Michelle Marks Cucurbit downy mildew is a potentially serious disease of all plants in the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), including cucumber, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkin, and squash. The disease causes sudden, rapidly developing and widespread foliar disease epidemics that can be very destructive. In recent years in the Midwestern United States, cucurbit downy […]

Growing Pumpkins and Other Vine Crops in Wisconsin

K.A. Delahaut, A.C. Newenhouse Revised:  10/10/2011 Item number:  A3688 Growing vine crops such as pumpkins, melons, cucumbers, gourds, and squash is an excellent way to bring a weed-infested field into production. This publication tells you all you need to know to select, plant, manage, and harvest these vine crops in Wisconsin (19 pages).     […]

Huitlacoche

Joe Spraker, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  6/7/2013 Item number:  XHT1230 What is huitlacoche?  Huitlacoche is the Native American name for the mushroom-like masses found on the ears of corn and corn relatives (collectively called teosinte).  Huitlacoche can be a major problem for sweet corn growers where it is referred to as common corn smut (see […]

Home Garden Fungicides

Amanda Gevens, Ken Cleveland and Lauren Thomas, UW Madison – Plant Pathology Revised:  5/30/2012 Item number:  XHT1211 Diseases of vegetable plants can pose a challenge for the home gardener.  Typically, cultural methods are the preferred options for disease management in home vegetable gardens.  Cultural methods include proper site selection, plant spacing, staking, watering, fertilization, and […]

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.

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