SDSU Extension offers many publications you can read online, or print off for future reference. Following is a list of those that pertain to growing vegetables and fruit in your garden.
- Just starting gardening? Or in need of a handy reference booklet? Check out Vegetable Gardening in South Dakota for everything from how to prepare your soil to planting depths and spacing all the way thru to how to best store your harvested produce. It also includes information on cover crops and mulches to improve your soil over time. Limited copies of this publication may be available from your regional SDSU Extension office.
- Are tomatoes your favorite vegetable? Our most recent tomato publication Growing Tomatoes in South Dakota has been expanded to include not only growing information, but also photos of the most common diseases and ways to minimize damage from them.
- Blossom end rot on tomatoes, peppers, or squash is a common problem. Learn about what causes it and how to minimize the occurrence in Blossom End Rot on Tomatoes and Other Vegetables.
- Fond of asparagus, but a little confused about planting and harvesting it? Growing Asparagus gives guidance for planting and maintaining asparagus, and even some tips on a few of the common disease problems.
- Storage of Fresh Vegetables is a 2-page fact sheet that provides recommended storage temperatures and conditions to prolong the shelf life of your vegetables – whether fresh from your garden, or purchased.
- Community gardens as well as private gardeners should follow the safe food production practices noted in Food Safety Practices for Growers. Multiple printed copies of this brochure are available for community gardens or farmers markets, etc., from Rhoda Burrows.
- Confused about how much fertilizer to add to your vegetable garden? Or how much manure? Then check out Fertilizing Gardens in South Dakota. In it you’ll find advice on how to get your soil analyzed, how to understand soil test results, and explanations of the different kinds of nutrients and fertilizers.
- Some soils in South Dakota have naturally high salt levels; other soils have accumulated salts from heavy fertilizer use, including manure applications. Sometimes sump pump outflows or artesian wells have high salt contents. If you suspect your garden has a salt problem, get the soil tested. If the test confirms the high salt, check out the publication Managing Salts in the Home Garden.
- Another publication that will be useful if you have an issue with salt in your soil is Salt/Salinity Tolerance of Common Horticulture Crops in South Dakota.
- Strawberries in South Dakota explains the different types of strawberries available for home gardens, and walks readers through the process of growing strawberries. Site selection and soil preparation are explained, as well as the techniques for maintaining the plants for best yield year after year. A list of cold-hardy cultivars is also included.
- Growing Raspberries in South Dakota discusses the different types of raspberries and how to care for them. It also talks about common insect issues, including Spotted Wing Drosophila, the new problem fruit fly.
- Need help in choosing a reliable grape variety for South Dakota conditions? Grape Varieties for South Dakota has everything you’ll need to select the right variety for your garden.
- Fruit Varieties for South Dakota covers everything but grapes - apples and other tree fruit, raspberries, strawberries, and a variety of shrub fruit. Maybe you’ll see something you hadn’t thought of growing!
Although the following publications are directed primarily at commercial vineyards, those who have just a vine or two may want to peruse them as well:
- Starting a Commercial Vineyard in South Dakota
- Overhead Netting for Vineyards and Orchards
- Vineyard Work Calendar
- Soil Testing for Vineyards in South Dakota
In addition to the above publications, iGrow Gardens has many articles on similar topics.