Top Resources

When to Harvest Fruits & Vegetables (NebGuide): This provides information on the proper ways and times to harvest fruits and vegetables for the best quality and storage.

Lancaster Extension: Horticulture You Yard and Garden: Links to all plants and trees grown in Nebraska with information on best practices, growing, harvesting, etc.

Nebraska Fruits & Vegetables-GAPs Overview: This program is intended to assess a participant's efforts to minimize the risk of contamination of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and miscellaneous commodities by microbial pathogens based on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's "Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables," and generally recognized good agricultural practices.

Uncle Sam poster from 1917: Uncle Sam says Garden

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service: These resources offer detailed information on production of specific horticultural crops, focusing on sustainable and organic production methods for traditional produce, and also introducing a range of alternative crops and enterprises. In these publications you can find information on strategies for more sustainable greenhouse and field production -- for everything from lettuce to trees.

Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers: The management practices, products, and cultivars discussed in this publication are the research- and experience-based recommendations of the institutions associated with the contributing editors and authors.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones. For the first time, the map is available as an interactive GIS-based map, for which a broadband Internet connection is recommended, and as static images for those with slower Internet access. Users may also simply type in a ZIP Code and find the hardiness zone for that area. No posters of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map have been printed. But state, regional, and national images of the map can be downloaded and printed in a variety of sizes and resolutions.

Nebraska Tree Service: Avoiding the Top 10 Mistakes of Tree Planting: Eric Berg and Tim McDonnell


Controling a Safe Environment

 *Photo (A 1917 USDA poster depicts Uncle Sam encouraging citizens to garden. (Courtesy USDA-NRCS; Library of Congress image)