Resources for Gardeners

Join the Gardens Network

The Gardens Network membership information is in the process of getting updated.

Horticulture Hotline

Questions on how to make the most of your plot? Try asking other gardeners in your community – they can be a wealth of knowledge, and you’ll make a personal connection. Dane County UW-Extension Master Gardener volunteers are also available to answer questions: call the Horticulture Hotline at 608-224-3721, or send them an email at The Horticulture Hotline is staffed by volunteers May-October, if you have questions at other times in the season please contact Dane County UW Extension Horticulture Educators.

Gardening to Fight Hunger in our Community

CAC continues to support two initiatives for gardeners interesting in growing food to donate to area food pantries: Food Pantry Gardens and Plant A Row for the Hungry. For more information, please contact CAC at or 608-246-4730.

Dane County Seed Library

Five Dane County libraries have started a self-sustaining seed exchange program. Much like checking out a book at the library, this program allows community members to “check out” seed packets of 15 different vegetable varieties for at-home gardening. After growing the vegetables, participants are then asked to return the harvested seeds back to the library offering the program. Participants are encouraged to return the seeds keep the program running smoothly and effectively. For more information, visit the program’s website. Contact Michael Spelman at 608-266-6395 or with questions.

UW Extension Diagnostic Services

Top 10s

Top 10 Animals

1. Brown and Black Rat (pdf)
2. Chipmunk (pdf)
3. Rabbit (pdf)
4. Raccoon (pdf)
5. Squirrel (pdf)
6. Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel (pdf)
7. Vole or Meadow Mouse (pdf)
8. White-Tailed Deer (pdf)
9. Woodchuck-Groundhog (pdf)

Top 10 Diseases

1. Allium Rust (pdf)
2. Aster Yellows (pdf)
3. Baterial Speck & Bacterial Spot (pdf)
4. Bacterial Wilt on Cucurbits (pdf)
5. Blossom End Rot (pdf)
6. Downy Mildew (pdf)
7. Early Blight and Septoria Leaf Spot (pdf)
8. Late Blight (pdf)
9. Powdery Mildew (pdf)
10. Verticillium Wilt (pdf)

Top 10 Insects

1. Bean Leaf Beetles (pdf)
2. Cabbageworms (pdf)
3. Colorado Potato Beetles (pdf)
4. Cucumber Beetles (pdf)
5. Cutworms (pdf)
6. Earwigs (pdf)
7. Japanese Beetles (pdf)
8. Flea Beetles (pdf)
9. Root Maggots (pdf)
10. Squash Bugs (pdf)
11. Squash Vine Borers (pdf)

Top 10 Weeds

1. Canada Thistle (pdf)
2. Crabgrass (pdf)
3. Creeping Charlie (pdf)
4. Field Bindweed (pdf)
5. Garlic Mustard (pdf)
6. Lambsquarters (pdf)
7. Pigweed (pdf)
8. Purslane (pdf)
9. Quack Grass (pdf)
10. Reed Canary Grass (pdf)
11. Wild Parsnip (pdf)

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