(Updated May 21, 2020) With many of us not straying far from home these days the UW-Madison, Extension Horticulture Program felt curating good gardening content was a good idea. These talks were originally broadcasted on PBS Wisconsin. Enjoy!
Managing Your Lawn the Wisconsin Way
Doug Soldat, Professor and Turf and Urban Soils Extension Specialist, discusses how to grow a functional lawn while reducing the environmental impact. Soldat explains how to choose the best type of grass for your site and how to improve your soil. Although he spends some time talking about the heat and drought of 2012, there is a lot of good lawn care information here.
How Trees Built the Midwest
Jay Dampier, a statewide horticulture outreach program manager at the UW-Madison Division of Extension, explains how ash, pine, sugar maple, white birch and apple trees shaped Wisconsin.
Growing Tomatoes in Wisconsin (Links to PBS Wisconsin, University Place)
Lisa Johnson, a horticulture educator for Extension Dane County, offers tips for successfully growing tomatoes in the Midwest. Johnson discusses starting tomatoes from seed, causes of diseases, crop rotation, fertilizing, watering, harvesting and storage.
Outdoor Insect Hazards: Biting and Stinging Pests (Links to PBS Wisconsin, University Place)
PJ Liesch, Director of the Insect Diagnostic Lab at UW-Madison, explains which ticks and insects, found in Wisconsin, are dangerous to humans. Ticks pose and important health risk when in your yard or gardening.
Square Foot Gardening (Links to PBS Wisconsin, University Place)
Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Educator, UW-Extension, Dane County, explains the theory behind square foot gardening and how to create your own garden. Johnson discusses what to plant, what materials to use to build raised beds, and how to reap the highest yield per square foot.
How Not to Plant Trees (Links to PBS Wisconsin, The Wisconsin Gardener)
UW-Extension Plant Pathologist Brian Hudelson fesses up to drowning his own tree and shares other common tree-planting mistakes including strangulation, creating mulch volcanoes, and the right and wrong way to water trees and shrubs.
Growing Blueberries in Containers (Links to PBS Wisconsin, University Place)
Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Educator, UW-Extension County, presents a simple technique to grow blueberries in soilless containers. Because the high alkaline content of Wisconsin soil makes growing blueberries difficult, Pandian recommends a recipe for a soil media with an acid fertilizer for successful blueberry growth in containers.
Managing a Hobby Greenhouse (Links to PBS Wisconsin, University Place)
Johanna Oosterwyk, Manager of the D.C. Smith Greenhouse at UW-Madison, explains the challenges of creating a greenhouse. Some of the factors to take into account include: temperature, humidity and the amount of light needed for the plants.
Vegetable Diseases (Links to PBS Wisconsin, The Wisconsin Gardener)
If you grow vegetables, you need to be on the lookout for diseases that can affect your crops – not only for this season, but next year as well. Plant pathologist Brian Hudelson teaches us how to identify problems, and what to do to prevent them from happening again next year.