Cover Crops for the Garden

One in the Level 2: Plants Plus Series – a remix of past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer homeowner questions. To get 2 hours of continuing education credit for watching the video presentation and reading the articles, just complete the short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on cover crops for the garden.

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Plant Flowers to Encourage Beneficial Insects

If you plant them, they will come. Planting flowers will encourage many beneficial insects because they need nectar and pollen as adults. But some flowers are better than others for attracting small wasps and flies that are predators or parasitoids of pest insects. To learn more about which flowers are best for natural enemies read this article…

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The Buzz About Bees: Let’s Protect Our Pollinators

Bees are very important pollinators, critical to the production of many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy, as well as the economic health of growers in Wisconsin and nationally. Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel discusses how the WI DATCP is protecting these essential insects in this article…

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Phenology and Gardening

Have you ever noticed that some natural events, such as bird migration or flower blooming, occur on different calendar dates each year, but always happens in a predictable pattern relative to the weather and other seasonal events? Phenology is the study of the timing of natural events in relation to weather. Learn more about phenology in this article…

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Floating Row Cover

Floating row cover is a great addition to any vegetable garden, as it can be used for several different purposes and is easy to use. Learn more about these specially designed fabrics in this article.

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General Approaches to Insect Control

There are several general approaches to insect pest management. Learn about the major categories of control, including cultual, physical, biological, chemical and more in this article by entomologist Dan Mahr…

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