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Home Garden Soil Testing
Garden soils should be tested about every 3 years. Sampling early in spring or late fall assures you will have recommendations before buying fertilizer.
What is needed: Approximately 2 cups of soil (dry). Put soil into a zip top plastic bag and bring it to the Door County Extension Office. A short form is completed to be sent with your sample. The cost is $15.00/sample, plus $2.00/sample for postage. Results are usually processed within 10 working days. If you would like more information, please contact the Extension Office at 920-746-2260. More specific information can be found at the UW Soils Lab website: http://uwlab.soils.wisc.edu/
GARDEN FERTILIZER CALCULATOR click here
WISCONSIN FRUIT – UW FRUIT PROGRAM
All the fruit information you’d ever want to know! — https://fruit.wisc.edu/
Wisconsin Horticulture- http://hort.uwex.edu/
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- Wisconsin plant varieties and planting calendar: https://learningstore.uwex.edu/Assets/pdfs/A1653.pdf
- Growing vegetables at home: https://learningstore.uwex.edu/Assets/pdfs/A2801.pdf
- The Honey Bee’s Needs: Nectar and Pollen (PDF)
- Gardening in Small Spaces (PDF)
- Garden Pests and Beneficial Natural Enemies (PDF)
- 2014 Door County Agriculture Value and Economic Impact
- “Sampling Garden Soils and Turf Areas for Testing” – A2166 — Soil testing is the only reliable method for assessing plant needs for lime, phosphorus, and potassium.
- “Garden Fertilization” – A2304 — This publication discussed how to use soil test results and how to apply the recommended fertilizer to your garden for best flower and vegetable production.
- “Master Gardener Home Vegetable Guide” — Covers the basic needs of plants; What type of soil do you have?; Planning a vegetable garden; Planting schedule; Garden layout, and more.
- A3823 – Storing Fruit and Vegetables from the Home Garden — When stored and handled properly, fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden can add special appeal to meals long after harvest.
- A2727 – Harvesting Vegetables from the Home Garden — To ensure high quality, nutritious vegetables from your garden and to prevent waste, proper harvesting at the right stage of growth is essential.
RELATED HORTICULTURE LINKS OF INTEREST
- Wisconsin Master Gardener Program
- UW – Department of Entomology Insect Diagnostic Lab
- UW – Extension Horticultural Publications
- UW – Plant Disease and Diagnostic Clinic
- UW – Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory
- UW – The Wisconsin Gardener – Public TV
- UW – Urban Horticulture
- Water Resource Education Publications
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- University of Connecticut Plant Database
- USDA Plants Database
- Weed Science Society of America
If you have any questions regarding Horticulture in Door County, please contact:
UW-Madison Division of Extension Door County
County Government Center
421 Nebraska Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Office Hours: M-F 8 am to 4:30 pm