Vine crop workshop planned

Harmony, Wis. –  The University of Wisconsin-Extension will offer a free workshop for vegetable gardeners on Wednesday, May 10, at the Harmony Arboretum demonstration gardens.

At this event, which starts at 6:30 p.m., participants will learn about the vast array of vine crop species and cultivars that can be selected from when planting melons, cucumbers, squashes, and pumpkins; as well as proper planting procedures and early season management considerations.

The vine crops, or cucurbits, are the focus vegetable family for 2017 within the Harmony Arboretum vegetable demonstration area. A few early-planted demonstrations will be in the ground, but mid- to late May is generally the optimum timing for planting of these warm-season annuals that can form the basis of a productive, healthy home vegetable garden.

Cultivar selection, planting depth and spacing, fertilization, and management through the growing season will be among the topics. In addition, demonstration and discussion of space management techniques, including trellising and other vertical management methods will take place. Participant questions will definitely be a key part of the evening.

The discussion will be led by UW-Extension Horticulture Agent Scott Reuss and will take place rain or shine, as there is a pavilion at Harmony if there is inclement weather. The Harmony Arboretum demonstration gardens are on Marinette County Highway E, 1/2 mile south of Highway 64.

All persons are welcome to attend this free seminar, at which you will also receive various UW-Extension horticulture publications. For more information, contact Scott or Gina at the UW-Extension office at 715-732-7510 or e-mail to