Garden Calendar Tips This Week

-Plant peppers, cabbage & okra
-Seed lima beans
-Harvest established asparagus
-Avoid planting tomatoes or peppers with blooms
-Remove strawberry blossoms on new plants
-Seed sweet corn
-Seed or transplant basil
-Seed Malabar spinach
-Install row covers to exclude insects on cabbage and broccoli


USDA NRCS Plants Database Searchable, fact sheets, plant guides.

Native Plant Database: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Includes info on wildlife value, pests, & resources to purchase the plant/seed.

Weed Identification App Identify 400+ plants (weeds). We are always here to help you with plant ID & management.

Dr. Bennett’s Home Garden

Flowering Dogwood

Remember to test your garden soil.

(Soil tests conducted free at WVU Testing Laboratory.)

If you didn’t get a soil test, your garden plan has omitted a vital step. It is best to test soils in the fall, but it is never too late. The only accurate way to determine how much lime and/or fertilizer to apply is to have your soil tested. Visit our soil testing page for test forms.


Composting Links:

Backyard Composting
Composting At Home
Cornell Composting

Native Plants & Planting for Pollinators

Mid-Atlantic Pollinator Plants (Xerces Society)
West Virginia Perennial Flowers for Pollinators
Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden
Selecting Plants for Pollinators
Landscaping for Wildlife and West Virginia Wild Yards Program
Invasive Plant List (National Park Service & National Wildlife Federation)

Vegetable Production

Vegetable Varieties for West Virginia
Vegetable Transplant Production

Deer Resistant Plants

Deer Resistant Plants (University of MD Extension)
Deer Resistance Plants List (Cornell Univ)
Deer Resistant Ornamental Plants (WVU Extension)

Companion Planting

Companion Planting for Your Vegetable Patch
Companion Planting with Herbs

Plant Pests, Diseases, Weeds, Integrated Pest Management

The IPM Chronicle, an informative, interesting newsletter published quarterly by your WVU Extension IPM experts.

Contact The Experts

Insect Pests: Dr. Daniel Frank, Entomologist: Find out whether that insect in your yard is beneficial or harmful. Email or call 304-293-8835.
Greenhouse and High Tunnel Pests: Dr. Barbara Liedl
Vertebrate Pests: Dr. Sheldon Owen
Weeds: Dr. Rakesh Chandran or call 304-293-2603.
Plant Diseases/Pathology: Mafuz Rahman or call 304-293-8838
Environmental Plant Damage: Dr. Mira Bulatovic-Danilovic