MSU gardening website useful for fall

Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included. 

MSU’s Gardening in Michigan web site has hit the ground running this summer with helpful instructions for the beginner gardener. The site launched just in time to support the renewed interest in gardening. According to Burpee Seeds, 20 percent more households are growing vegetables, fruit and herbs this year compared to last. This means the United States gained about seven million new gardeners in 2009.

Since debuting in May, the web site has added a new feature. Short, “how-to” videos are available from MSU Extension educators and include summer thinning of apple trees, grape insect prevention, summer rose care and a four-part series on composting. Look in the “What’s new” section on the homepage for more updates this fall.

Interested in preserving all those fantastic veggies and fruits you’ve harvest this summer? Be sure to click on the “Preservation” section for basic preserving information and helpful tips. Fact sheets are available for the following:


  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries


  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Corn
  • Potatoes
  • Summer squash
  • Winter squash

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