Using Wood Ash in the Home Garden

Authors: Kevin Schoessow, Extension Burnett, Sawyer and Washburn Counties Last Revised: 02/27/2020 X-number: XHT1268   Home gardeners often ask if wood ash can be used as a fertilizer in vegetable gardens and flowerbeds, around landscape trees and shrubs, and on lawns.  Wood ash can be a valuable source of certain nutrients and can also be used to modify […]

Reducing Soil pH

Sherry Combs, formerly of the UW-Madison Soil and Plant Analysis Lab Revised:  10/27/2007 Item number:  XHT1151 Is your soil pH too high?  Probably not, although the popular press urges most gardeners to question whether their garden soil pH is ‘right’.  Only a soil test for pH can indicate whether the pH is ‘right’, and ‘right […]

Raised Beds and Containers for Community Gardens

Above-ground gardening offers access and ease for community gardeners of all ages and abilities. This publication highlights key considerations and offers tips for gardening in raised beds and containers. Topics covered include raised bed construction, container selection, donated materials, soil, planting, and irrigation

Starting a Community Garden—How to Put Your Plot on the Path to Success

Author(s): Kristin Krokowski Learn how to determine what type of garden you’ll build, identify resources and tools, build a committed team of volunteers, and select an appropriate site. This publication also touches on how to get started, manage the garden, educate gardeners, and forge connections within the community. Download Article

Growing Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplants in Wisconsin

K.A. Delahaut, A.C. Newenhouse Revised:  10/10/2011 Item number:  A3687 This publication is packed with practical information for organic and conventional growers, and it’s tailored to Wisconsin’s growing conditions (24 pages).     Download Article

Growing Salad Greens in Wisconsin

K.A. Delahaut, A.C. Newenhouse Revised:  10/10/2011 Item number:  A3788 Salad greens provide market gardeners a high-value crop that brings a premium price if grown and marketed successfully. Salad mixes have become particularly popular among customers seeking convenience. Salad mix is a collection of leafy greens pre-mixed and sold together. This idea originated in France centuries […]

Growing Onions, Garlic, Leeks, and Other Alliums in Wisconsin

K.A. Delahaut, A.C. Newenhouse Revised:  10/10/2011 Item number:  A3785 This detailed publication offers plenty of tips on how to grow various alliums such as sweet onions, leeks, storage onions, scallions, and garlic. Includes information on site and cultivar selection, planting, soil and irrigation management, dealing with insects, diseases, and weeds, and tips for harvesting, handling, […]

Soil Contaminants in Community Gardens

John Folstad, Sharon C. Long, Doug Soldat Revised:  2/17/2011 Item number:  A3905-03 As interest in community and home gardening continues to grow nationwide, an increasing number of gardens are being sited in dense urban areas or on or near former industrial, agricultural, or commercial land. Any of these areas may contain contaminated soil, so it […]

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