Square Foot Gardening

Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Educator, UW-Extension, Dane County, explains the theory behind square foot gardening and how to create your own garden. Johnson discusses what to plant, what materials to use to build raised beds, and how to reap the highest yield per square foot.

Your Lawn: Organic, Conventional, or In-Between

Sharon Morrisey, Horticulture Agent, UW-Extension, Milwaukee County, discusses a wide spectrum of choices for lawn maintenance. Morrisey introduces options--whether you prefer low maintenance, high maintenance, organic or synthetic.

Gardening With Native Plants in the Northwoods

Patrick Goggin, Lake Specialist, UW-Extension Lakes Program, shares his knowledge of how to choose appropriate plants, how to maintain them and offers propagation tips for gardening in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

The Phosphate Crisis in Agriculture

Patrick McLaughlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, UW-Madison, discusses his concerns about the dwindling supply of phosphorus, one of the key nutrients for growing green plants.

Brewing a Better Barley

Mark Schmitt, Chemist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, introduces how malting varieties are developed and offers an overview of what happens in the malting quality lab to provide the malting barley breeders with information they can use to select quality varieties of barley. Schmitt also discusses results of recent research projects at the lab.

Vegetable Production Using Open Raised Beds – Ep. 684

Noel Valdes, the owner of CobraHead LLC, demonstrates how to make and maintain an open raised-bed garden using simple tools and minimal inputs, including bed preparation, planting, crop rotation, composting and crop-protection techniques.

Landscape Legacies of Land Use - Ep. 769

Erika Marín-Spiotta, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at UW-Madison, applies interdisciplinary methods to examine the effects of human-driven changes in land cover and land use on biodiversity and the cycling of biologically active elements through the environment.

For the Love of a Farm - Ep. 224

Jerry Apps, Author

"Old Farm: A History" is Jerry Apps' recent book describing Roshara, the farmstead where he and his family have spent more than 40 years forging a close relationship to the land. In this 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival presentation, Apps unearths the history of his acreage--from the last glacier to Menominee Indian residents to early European settlers to the present.

Sustainable Bioenergy in Wisconsin: How Could It Work?

Gary Radloff, the director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis, and Carol Barford, a research scientist in Global Ecosystems, both at SAGE, UW-Madison, discuss the important aspects of sustainable bioenergy production in Wisconsin, and highlight the balance points between environmental quality, farm management, and economic feasibility.

When Microbes Attack, Plants Fight Back

Laura Helft, a Ph.D. student studying Cellular and Molecular Biology at UW-Madison, provides a whirlwind tour of plant pathology--how we know plants are sick, what we know about plant diseases, what we know about the plant immune system, and how microbes are able to attack plants.


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