Extension offers 10 videos for vegetable gardeners

Gardeners can find more than 400 useful videos on the University of Illinois Extension YouTube channel, according to U of I Extension horticulture educator Ron Wolford.

The following are 10 videos that will help a new vegetable gardener get off to a good start.

Read labels at the garden center http://bit.ly/readlabel – Learn why you should take the time to read plant labels before you buy the plant. Lots of good information is found on the label.

Taking a soil sample for a soil test http://bit.ly/soilsample – Learn how to take a soil sample for a soil test. A soil test is one of the most important first steps in starting a vegetable garden.

Fertilizer 101 http://bit.ly/fertilizer101 – Learn the basics of fertilization to ensure healthy, sturdy vegetables that will be better able to withstand insects and disease.

Marking seed rows with sand http://bit.ly/seedrows – Learn how to use sand to mark your rows in the garden.

Space-saving ideas for vegetables http://bit.ly/spacesavin – Learn some space-saving techniques for gardens with limited space.

Using weed barrier cloth in a vegetable garden http://bit.ly/weedbarrier – Learn why you should think about using a weed barrier cloth in your vegetable garden.

Cool- and warm-season veggies http://bit.ly/coolnwarm – Learn how cool and warm season vegetables prefer different soil and air temperatures.

Tip for vegetable transplants: Pinch off flowers http://bit.ly/pinchflowers – Learn why you should pinch off the flowers of your tomato transplants.

Succession planting tips http://bit.ly/successionplanting – Learn how to extend your harvest season by using succession planting in your garden.

Extending your vegetable garden season http://bit.ly/extendseason – Learn how you can extend your vegetable garden season in the spring and fall.