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Pumpkin Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Pumpkins are well-suited to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Marketing opportunities, such as wholesale, retail, and pick-your-own, are options. More
Photo credit: Steve Culman
Soil Quality Information - Articles Articles
Healthy soils yield healthy crops, But what is healthy soil and how do we achieve it? More
Plastic tunnel for early transplants
Transplant Production - Eckerton Hill Farm - Articles Articles
Farm profiles give new producers ideas and advice from experienced producers. More
Two Designs for Low Cost "Hot Beds" for Small Scale Production
Two Designs for Low Cost "Hot Beds" for Small Scale Production - Articles Articles
These two hot bed systems are a step up from growing under lights or in your kitchen window without all the costs of heating an entire greenhouse. More
Biodegradable Mulch Demonstrations
Biodegradable Mulch Demonstrations - Articles Articles
In order to look at the possible labor and resource savings, Penn State Extension educators working with growers, laid biodegradable mulch at seven sites around the state. More
Cucurbit Yellow Vine Decline in Pumpkins
Cucurbit Yellow Vine Decline in Pumpkins - Articles Articles
A number of different diseases including bacterial wilt and Fusarium wilt can cause cucurbits collapse in the field. Unfortunately, cucurbit yellow vine decline is another one to be concerned about. More
Cucurbit Scab
Cucurbit Scab - Articles Articles

Cucurbit Scab

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D.

Cucurbit scab is caused by the fungus Cladosporium cucumerinum and can cause a dramatic decrease in fruit quality of various cucurbit crops like squash, pumpkin and melons. More
Building and Operating a Home Garden Irrigation System
Building and Operating a Home Garden Irrigation System - Articles Articles
Have you ever wondered how commercial fruit and vegetable growers can consistently get such huge quantities of great produce even in dry years? More
Varroa mite parasitizing bee. Thought to be one of the major factors contributing to hive losses. Photo Alex Wild.
Pollinator Declines - Articles Articles

Pollinator Declines

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D.

Domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago with rapid declines over the last forty years. The populations of some native bee species may also be declining. More
Small Striped Bee (Halictus). Photo USGS Bee Inventory.
What Can We Do to Encourage Native Bees? - Articles Articles

What Can We Do to Encourage Native Bees?

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D.

Pollinators need a diverse, abundant food source and a place to build their nests and rear their young. If we keep these two elements in mind we can encourage native bee populations. More
Seasonal Classification of Vegetables
Seasonal Classification of Vegetables - Articles Articles
Plants can be classified by the temperatures which produce optimum growth. The two broadest categories of plants based on temperature are cool-season and warm-season crops. More
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Saline Soils and Plant Growth - Articles Articles

Saline Soils and Plant Growth

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D.

This article outlines plant response and ways to measure soil salt levels. More
How to Control Slugs
How to Control Slugs - Articles Articles

How to Control Slugs

Emelie Swackhamer

This article discusses some tactics for keeping slugs out of your crop. More
Squash bee by Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org
Pumpkin Pollinators - Articles Articles
Pumpkin fruit set can be affected by a number of production and environmental factors. More
Tomato late blight. Photo credit Beth Gugino, Penn State Plant Pathology.
Plant Disease Basics - The Disease Triangle - Articles Articles
Disease management begins with the fundamental understanding the three factors must be present and interact for disease to develop. More
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