Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just beginning, explore our guides and publications on techniques to cultivate a thriving vegetable garden in Wisconsin.

Vegetable Videos

Find recorded Extension video programs ranging on topics from fundamentals of shrub pruning to proper tree planting by clicking the button below.

General Vegetable Resources

Discover a variety of resources on growing vegetables. Dive into guides, articles, and websites below!

Soil Testing
Find links to the UW Soil and Forage Lab for the submission form and instructions to test your soil!

Hardiness Maps
The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which perennial plants are most likely to thrive at a location.

The Vegetable Garden
This mini-book covers all you need to know from planning to planting!

Seed Starting
Whether flowers, vegetables, or herbs, consider the factors in this publication before starting!

Vegetable Crop Pathology
UW Madison has an ongoing research program on vegetable crop pathology. Find resources ranging from weather and disease risk models to a weekly vegetable crop newsletter during the growing season.

Vegetable Crop Entomology
This UW Madison research program centers around the ecology and management of insects of commercial and fresh market vegetable crops.

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Discover our most popular vegetable articles below!

Beginning Vegetable Garden Basics: Site Selection & Soil Preparation
This fact sheet focuses on how novice gardeners can select and prepare their garden site to ensure maximum success.

Container Gardening
Live in an apartment or condo? You can still raise a garden’s worth of flowers or vegetables in pots and other containers by mastering these methods.

Raised Beds and Containers for Community Gardens
Above-ground gardening offers access and ease for community gardeners of all ages and abilities. Topics covered include raised bed construction, container selection, donated materials, soil, planting, and irrigation.

Tomato Pruning
Are you growing indeterminant tomatoes? Learn this pruning technique to improve fruit production.

Using Manure in the Home Garden
Thinking about using animal manure in your home garden this season? It can be a valuable soil amendment, but there are important things to know about keeping yourself and your plants healthy.

Using Wood Ash in the Home Garden
Wood ash can be a valuable source of certain nutrients and can also be used to modify soil pH.  However, it needs to come from an appropriate source and its use should be based on recommendations from soil testing.

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Click on each section below to browse a list of categorized articles.

Site Selection & Preparation

Selecting & Planting

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A Pepper for Every Pot

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Anise hyssop, Agastache foeniculum

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Arugula, Eruca sativa

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Chioggia Beets

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Chives, Allium schoenoprasum

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Cilantro / Coriander, Coriandrum sativum

Common Crops for Community Gardens – People + Plants

Container Gardening

Damping Off

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Dill, Anethum graveolens

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Egyptian Walking Onions

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Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare

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Garlic Chives, Allium tuberosum

Garlic, Allium sativum

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Grow Your Own Salad Greens

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

Growing Carrots, Beets, Radishes, and Other Root Crops in Wisconsin

Growing Pumpkins and Other Vine Crops in Wisconsin

Growing Salad Greens in Wisconsin

Growing Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplants in Wisconsin

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Growing Vegetables at Home: Questions and Answers

Growing Vegetables in Containers

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Heirloom Vegetables

Home-Grown Tomatoes for Wisconsin

Horseradish, Armoracia rusticana

Hot-Water Seed Treatment for Disease Management

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Indian Corn

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Kohlrabi, Brassica olearcea var. gongylodes

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Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis

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Lemon-scented Plants

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Lemongrass, Cymbopogon spp.

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Lettuce Shows

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Malabar spinach, Basella alba

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Mouse Melon or Mexican Sour Cucumber, Melothria scabra

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Parsley, Petroselinum crispum

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Pineapple Mint, Mentha suaveolens ‘Variegata’

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Pineapple sage, Salvia elegans

Raised Beds and Containers for Community Gardens

Ramps, Allium tricoccum

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Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum

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Rosemary, Rosemarinus officinalis

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Sage, Salvia officinalis

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Scarlet Runner Bean, Phaseolus coccineus

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Seed Starting

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Spinach, Spinacia oleracea

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Swiss Chard

The Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Varieties for Containers

Care & Maintenance

Diseases & Disorders

Aster Yellows

Bacterial Soft Rot

Bacterial Speck of Tomato

Sunken, scabby bacterial spot lesions on ripening tomato fruit. (Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Hansen, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

Bacterial Spot of Tomato

Bacterial Wilt of Cucurbits

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Basil Downy Mildew

Black Rot of Crucifers

Black Walnut Toxicity

Blossom End Rot


Cole Crops Disorder: Blackleg

Cole Crops Disorder: Clubroot

Common Corn Smut

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Controlling Deer Damage in Wisconsin

Corky Ringspot

Corn Disorders: Smut and Rust

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Cucumber Beetles

Cucumber Beetles

Cucumber Mosaic

Cucurbit Downy Mildew: Identification and Management

Damping Off

Degree Day Calculation

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Downy Mildew

Early Blight


Foliar Nematodes

Gray Mold (Botrytis Blight)

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

Growing Salad Greens in Wisconsin

Growing Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplants in Wisconsin

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Growing Vegetables at Home: Questions and Answers

Handbook of Pea Diseases

Herbicide Damage

Home Garden Fungicides

Home Vegetable Garden Fungicides

Hot-Water Seed Treatment for Disease Management


Late Blight

May/June Beetles


Potato Disorders: Common Scab and Powdery Scab

Potato Scab

Powdery Mildew (Vegetables)

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Powdery Mildew Remedies

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Ralstonia Wilt

Root Rots in the Garden

Root-Knot Nematode

Septoria Leaf Spot

Southern Blight

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Strategies for Identifying and Managing Plant Diseases

Ten Common Plant Diseases / Disorders You Can Diagnose by Eye

Tobacco Mosaic

Tobacco Rattle

Tomato Disorder: Physiological Fruit Problems

Tomato Disorder: Post-Harvest Fruit Diseases

Tomato Spotted Wilt of Potato

Verticillium Wilt of Vegetables

Vine Crops Disease: Phytophthora Blight

Vine Crops Disorder: Angular Leaf Spot

Vine Crops Disorder: Anthracnose

Vine Crops Disorder: Powdery Mildew

Vine Crops Disorder: Scab

White Mold




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