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With their distinctive black and yellow stripes and tendency to hang out in groups, wasps receive attention no matter the time of year. As we move into fall, wasps attract more attention and more questions about what to do about them.
As gardeners harvest the last of their beans or broccoli or corn, there is an opportunity to help feed the soil for next year by planting cover crops in the now empty spaces in the garden.
Potatoes can be relatively easy to grow, especially if they are started from seed potatoes that are certified disease-free. Potatoes can be grown in a variety of set-ups, ranging from traditional rows in the garden to seed tubers placed on top of the ground and covered with straw, to straw bales, to “grow bags” of water-permeable plastic, to garbage cans or tires in which straw is piled up.
The South Dakota State Fair is right around the corner (August 30 – September 3, 2018 Huron, SD) and a team of SDSU Extension specialists will be there to answer your questions. Stop by the Horticulture Building to ask questions about cover crops, soil health, plant diseases, weather and climate, insects, and more.
In an August 8, 2018 press release, the South Dakota Department of Health indicated that mosquitoes that testing positive for West Nile Virus were detected in Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Davison, Hughes, Lincoln, Minnehaha and Stanley counties in South Dakota.
Over the summer the # 1 weed in gardens and yards has been field bindweed. It is a perennial species that develops an extensive root system making it difficult to control. Any management program may take several years.
Soil from gardens that were recently flooded may not be safe for fruit and vegetables production. Depending on the location, flood waters may contain contaminants such as agricultural or other chemicals, as well as disease-causing organisms from fresh manure, septic systems, and even lagoons.
SDSU Extension offers many publications you can read online or print off for future reference. This article contains a list of publications that pertain to growing vegetables and fruit in your garden.
Pollinator Gardens are becoming more popular all throughout the United States. Citizens are becoming more concerned with the decline in the pollinator population and the role that pollinators play in our ecosystem. Pollinator Gardens help to attract pollinators of all shapes and sizes, including bees, butterflies and even hummingbirds.