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Class 3: Vegetable Short Course

Managing Pests, Weeds and Other Problems

Class 3 will explore sustainable, integrated methods to reduce pest pressure in your garden as well as ways to manage pests, diseases, weeds, and deer. Methods that will be covered include creating habitat for beneficial insects, maximizing your plants’ ability to resist pests, and use of natural and organic pest control products.

Review slides from class 3: click here

Learn more about common pests and diseases of vegetables and integrated management strategies:

  • Insect Pests and Diseases of Vegetables, fact sheets from Clemson Extension: click here
  • Insect Pests of Vegetables from Mississippi Extension: click here
  • Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management, Cornell Extension: click here
  • Soil solarization can reduce difficult to manage diseases. Both Florida Extension and Alabama Extension have great fact sheets on this practice.
  • Learn more about beneficial insect species and creating habitat from NCSU’s Biological Control Information Center: click here
  • For great pictures of beneficial insects visit the Growing Small Farms website: click here

The Extension Gardener Handbook is an excellent resource to learn more about many topics. The following chapters will help you develop an integrated pest management plan for your garden:

  • Extension Gardener Handbook, integrated pest management chapter: click here
  • Extension Gardener Handbook, insects chapter: click here
  • Extension Gardener Handbook, weeds chapter: click here

Learn more about natural and less toxic pesticides and the pests they control from these Extension fact sheets:

  • Less toxic insecticides (Clemson): click here
  • Natural products for managing garden and landscape pests (Florida): click here 

Deer are a major pest in vegetables gardens. Fencing is the most effective way to keep deer away from your plants. For plans and tips on constructing effective deer fences, consult the following resources:

  • NC Wildlife Resources Commission fact sheet – includes detailed fencing diagrams: click here
  • Controlling deer damage – includes fencing diagrams, Missouri Extension:click here
  • Reducing deer damage at home and on the farm, Clemson Extension: click here
  • Wildlife damage management – Deer, includes fencing diagrams: click here
  • How to build a plastic mesh deer exclusion fence – Purdue Extension: click here

Use Extension Search to find research based information from Cooperative Extension systems across the U.S.

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