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
The WVU Extension Service Garden Calendar is produced and distributed each year as a service to West Virginia’s many home gardeners and agricultural producers. The annual calendar is just one of many meaningful projects, programs and outreach efforts provided by WVU Extension Service throughout West Virginia’s 55 counties.
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Fresh from the Garden Calendar
Companion planting is the practice of growing several different types of crops within close proximity of each other to enhance crop production. Interplanting, the practice of planting different crops between one another, is especially ideal for small gardens to maximize space and improve productivity.
Planting fruits and vegetables with flowers, herbs or other vegetables can provide
a number of valuable natural resources to your garden. However, when planning out your garden, consideration needs to be taken to ensure
you’re growing supporting plants next to one another rather than competing
plants. For instance, onions and beans should not be interplanted. Though
onions repel pests for many other crops, it will stunt the growth of beans.
Companion planting can help your garden thrive and be beneficial to plant mates. It can help deter harmful pests, provide support for crops, improve soil quality, offer shade to smaller plants, provide weed suppression and attract beneficial insects to your garden. The scents and bright colors of herbs and flowers confuse harmful pests and attract beneficial insects and pollinators.
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