Videos

These video presentations feature research – based gardening and horticulture information. Increase your knowledge by joining UW-Madison experts.

Garden Myths
This 20-minute video is the first in a series we’re creating on Gardening Myths. Here you will learn about Gardening Myths related to Powdery Mildew. Dr. Brian Hudelson joins Diana Alfuth in this informative presentation.

Wisconsin Gardening Basics
This YouTube playlist includes a series 30-minute recorded webinars covering the basics of Gardening in Wisconsin. Hear from UW-Madison, Division of Extension experts as you learn about caring for fruit plants, how to water your plants without killing them and dealing with insects and diseases.

Fundamentals of Plant Diseases
Join Dr. Brian Hudelson and learn about disease-causing organisms (fungi, bacteria, viruses, phytoplasmas and nematodes) and the symptoms they cause, as well as information on environment factors that favor disease development. Also learn about disease-like plant disorders caused by non-biological factors such as nutrient imbalances, pesticide exposures, environmental pollutants and adverse environmental conditions.

Japanese beetle in Wisconsin
Japanese beetle is a destructive insect pest throughout areas of Wisconsin, and typically becomes active in July. Join PJ Liesch as he shares with you information about the insect and how to control it. This one hour and twenty minute recording will give you almost everything you need to know about this pest.

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.

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