The Marshfield Agricultural Research Station”s second annual Twilight Garden Meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24. Following a welcome at 6 p.m. by assistant station superintendent Mike Bertram, presenters will cover a variety of gardening and produce-management topics, including:
* Vampires Beware – Garlic does grow in Wisconsin! Learn which garlic varieties grow well and learn the different characteristics of each variety. Samples of various products will be available for tasting.
* In Pursuit of Powdery Mildew – A comparison of winter squash. Learn how new, powdery mildew-resistant winter squash varieties compare with the old standards. Butternut, Buttercup and Acorn varieties will be discussed.
* What”s Happening in the World of Vegetables in Wisconsin – A discussion of pest problems around the state.
* All these Alliums – Onions, leeks, garlic, chives and shallots A comparison of plant and cultivar descriptions will be provided.
* Wisconsin Fruit Update – Learn what”s happening with fruit production across Wisconsin.
* What do I spray to kill it? – The most common follow-up question after “What is this?” A discussion covering different types of pesticides, their proper use, and safe handling.
Presenters include Karen Delahaut, UW-Extension fresh market specialist; Robert Tomesh, UW-Extension horticulture specialist; and Nick Schneider, Clark County UW-Extension crops and soils agent.
The Marshfield station is at 8396 Yellowstone Drive, 1/4 mile east of U.S. Highway 13 (turn on Cty. Trk. A to Yellowstone Dr.). For more information on the garden meeting, contact the station at (715) 387-2523. The field day is sponsored by the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension.