Aster Yellows

Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  5/6/2010 Item number:  XHT1080 What is aster yellows? Aster yellows is a chronic, systemic disease that affects over 300 species in 38 families of broad-leaf, herbaceous plants. Members of the aster family (Asteraceae), such as asters, marigolds, Coreopsis and purple coneflower are commonly affected by this disease. Vegetable crops […]

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 […]

Damping Off

Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  4/25/2004 Item number:  XHT1124 What is damping-off?  Damping-off is a common and fatal disease that affects all types of plant seedlings.  The disease is most prevalent when seeds are germinated in cool, wet soils.  Fortunately, seedlings are susceptible to damping-off for only a short period following emergence and eventually […]

Trichopoda pennipes, Parasitoid of Squash Bug

There are all kinds of flies in the Midwest. One interesting species is a medium-sized black and orange tachinid fly that develops in a number of true bugs, including squash bug. Although not really common, you may have this in your garden and not even know it! To learn more about this parasitoid, read this article…

Using Manure in the Home Garden

Gardeners are always encouraged to incorporate organic matter into their soil. Manures are one good source that can also be used as a fertilizer. But the way that manure is treated and the animal it came from makes a big difference in fertility and how it should be used. To learn more about using manure in the home garden, read this article…

Cucumber Beetles

In late summer and fall, cucumber beetles – and similar corn rootworms – are common visitors to squash and cucumber flowers. They are not pollinators, but actually eat the petals, and sometimes the plant foliage. The cucumber beetles are important pests because they also can tramsit diseases. To learn more about all of these beetles, read this article…

Malabar spinach, Basella alba

While most leafy greens wither or go to seed in the heat of summer, hot weather is when Malabar spinach shines. This tropical perennial vine (unrelated to true spinach) is ornamental as well as edible. With flesh leaves, its heavy foliage on twining stems needs sturdy support. To learn more about this interesting plant, read this article…

Scarlet Runner Bean, Phaseolus coccineus

If you’re looking for a multipurpose plant to cover a trellis or fence, provide some food, and have showy flowers, look no further than scarlet runner bean. This fast-growing ornamental edible offering bright red flowers and tasty beans is right at home in any garden. Learn more about scarlet runner bean in this article…

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 […]

Pineapple sage, Salvia elegans

Pineapple sage has been used as both an herb and an ornamental.  Most people are attracted to it for the pineapple scent of the leaves when crushed, but it is a good addition to the ornamental garden for its attractive foliage, and if frost holds off until late in the fall, the spectacular red flowers. To learn more about Salvia elegans read this article…

Mouse Melon or Mexican Sour Cucumber, Melothria scabra

Looking for something unusual to add to your vegetable garden? Mouse melon or Mexican sour cucumber is a vine in the cucumber family that produces unique tiny fruits to add interest to salads or appetizer trays. To learn more about this different vegetable from Central America that resembles miniature striped watermelons, read this article…

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