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.

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

Black Cutworm

Karen Delahaut Revised:  8/6/2012 Item number:  A3821 Black cutworm larvae are active nighttime feeders, clipping many seedlings at or below the soil line. They prefer beets, carrots, cucumber, leafy greens, melons, peas, potatoes, pumpkins, snap beans, squash, and sweet corn. If not controlled, they can destroy roughly a third of a planting. Find out when […]

Caterpillar Pests of Cole Crops

K.A. Delahaut Revised:  8/6/2012 Item number:  A3724-E This fact sheet covers the imported cabbageworm, the cabbage looper, and the diamondback moth. Scouting tips and effective means of control are highlighted.   Download Article

Corn Earworm

K.A. Delahaut, J.L. Wedberg Revised:  8/6/2012 Item number:  A3655 The corn earworm, Helicoverpa zea, can cause serious economic damage to fresh market and processing sweet corn and hybrid dent seed corn. Also known as the tomato fruitworm, the larvae feed on field corn, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, and snap beans. Learn how to identify and control […]

Cucumber Beetles

K.A. Delahaut Revised:  3/26/2012 Item number:  A3751-E Spotted and striped cucumber beetles damage vine crops like cucumbers, squash, watermelons, muskmelons, and pumpkins. This fact sheet details the insect’s life cycle, the destruction it causes, and various means of effective control (2 pages). Download Article

Potato Leafhopper

K.A. Delahaut Revised:  3/26/2012 Item number:  A3723-E In Wisconsin, the potato leafhopper (Empoasca fabae) is a serious annual pest of snap beans and potatoes. Damage caused by leafhoppers includes stunted plants, brown leaves, and reduced plant vigor. A wide range of plants serve as hosts for the potato leafhopper, including alfalfa, apples, all types of […]

Squash Vine Borer

K.A. Delahaut Revised:  3/26/2012 Item number:  A3756-E The squash vine borer is an annual pest of pumpkins and squash. Winter squash are especially vulnerable. This fact sheet describes the insect’s life cycle, the damage it causes, and various effective means of control.   Click on links to find this publication.    

Vegetable Leafminers

K.A. Delahaut Revised:  1/24/2001 Item number:  A3754-E Leafminers are the larval stage of flies, moths, sawflies, and beetles that often cause damage to leafy edible plants such as spinach and chard. This fact sheet focuses on the serpentine leafminer, the vegetable leafminer, and the spinach leafminer and details their life cycles, the destruction they can […]

Controlling Deer Damage in Wisconsin

Scott Craven, Scott Hygnstrom, Philip Peterson Revised:  1/24/2001 Item number:  G3083 Illustrates numerous methods for protecting crops and other property from deer. Offers designs for deer fences and other constructions, along with a list of repellents and scare devices (8 pages). Download Article

Mole Ecology and Damage Management

Author(s): Scott Craven, David Drake In this, the third publication in the “Living With Wildlife in Wisconsin” series, the authors describe the curious habits and underground way of life of Wisconsin’s two kinds of moles. They discuss how to limit the damage these velvety animals may cause, either by cutting off their food supply (which […]

Chipmunk and Ground Squirrel Ecology and Damage Management

Author(s): David Drake, Carolin Tappe, Ryan Klausch, Jason Suckow In the 11th publication of the Living with Wildlife series, authors describe the life, habits, and habitat of chipmunks and ground squirrels as well as nonlethal and lethal ways of mitigating the damage they cause (4 pages; 2013). Download Article

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