A bountiful garden is desirable resource. With WVU Extension Service expert advice, learn how to maintain a variety of gardens.
Getting Ready for Fall
Putting the garden to bed in fall is the first step to a successful garden the following spring. Around the lawn, fall also makes a good time for some general cleanup and preparation for next year.Five Recommendations to Prepare for Next Year
Three Fall Cleanup Tasks for Next Spring
Many melon varieties are well-suited to West Virginia’s climate and growing season. When choosing a variety to grow, consider the length of your growing season as well as your flavor preference.Melon Production
Nutrition of Melons
Other Considerations for Melons
Two types of popcorn are grown: pearl and rice. Pearl popcorn has round smooth kernels, while rice popcorn kernels are elongated.Growing Popcorn
Pollination Considerations for Popcorn
Disease Concern for Popcorn
Harvest of Popcorn
Popcorn Nutrition & Cooking Considerations
Growing Sweet Corn
Sweet corn is distinguished from other corns by its high sugar content when in the milk, by its early dough stages and by its wrinkled, translucent kernels when dry.Sweet Corn Planting Time
Back to Garden Basics
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Fresh from the Garden Calendar
Seed Saving Basics
Many homeowners can probably remember seeing their grandparents save seeds from the garden to plant the following year. This practice skipped a couple of generations, but now that people are more interested in growing their own food, seed saving is popular once again.
For the best results, use seeds from your healthiest plants with well-formed leaves and fruit. Collect only fully mature seeds so the embryo will be able to survive the drying process. Fine mesh bags work universally well for collecting seeds and seed structures.Browse Garden Calendar Articles
Extension Master Gardener Program
The WVU Extension Master Gardener Program provides people interested in gardening with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills by taking part in Basic/Level 1 and Advanced/Level 2 training programs that provide in-depth training in various aspects of horticulture.
The program helps residents better understand horticultural and environmental issues
through community engagement in gardening and beautification projects at schools,
parks, public institutions, community organizations, and locations throughout the