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why grow your own?

Gardeners are experiencing this spring at a frenzied pace. There seem to be enormous questions that need answers every single day. And if you plant vegetables, it’s impossible to calm down. The simple decision or whether or not to plant the tomatoes and basil yet is...

ready? set? grow!

May is usually a gardener’s favorite time, and this year even more so! The cool spring held spring flowering trees in check, but this week’s heat is pushing plants hard, all at once. Every yard in my neighborhood reminds me of a technicolor Munchkinland when Dorothy...

it’s been a roller coaster

April’s crazy temperature swings have had gardeners racing from the urge to get tomatoes in the ground and the scrambling to dig up floating row covers from the back of the garage. I don’t believe that there is any group of folks more obsessed with the weather than...

hey plants? wake up already!

Gardeners are not the kind of folks who enjoy being cooped up in the house all winter. When the weather finally breaks, and plants begin to emerge from dormancy, it’s understandable that we are eager to greet every new shoot and admire every swelling bud. But, we can...

will april showers bring may flowers?

The past few warmer days gave us hope that spring would be early this year, but the week’s end is taking a nosedive. Clearly Old Man Winter is delivering a one-two punch. Maybe it’s the last one? I’ve always maintained that gardeners are the most optimistic folks on...

spring’s most fleeting flowers

Every spring, gardeners hold their collective breath as we wait for the first green shoots pushing through the warming soil. To be a perennial gardener in this climate requires great faith in your choices. It seems miraculous that fragile perennial plants and very...

say no to strip-mined tomatoes!

There are good reasons to grow vegetables from seed, the biggest being that there are so many more choices when you’re buying seeds. Ordinarily, the Garden Center has 50 or so varieties of tomato seedlings on order. If you look at seeds though, you can chose from 126...

be vewy, vewy quiet…

Elmer Fudd knew what he was talking about. Despite their adorable faces, bunnies can do an awful lot of damage to your yard. A couple of rabbits can strip the bark from young trees or decimate an entire vegetable garden overnight. They are also extremely adept winter...

those temperamental ides of march

Remember March 1st? Mild temps. A little sun. Definitely lamb weather! And despite a few cold and windy days, the month so far has held fast to that gentle, lamb-like vibe. It will be interesting to see if the old saying is true this year! Early spring weather is...

one million butterfly gardens!

Monday found us celebrating Learn About Butterflies Day with some Facebook posts highlighting a half dozen of our favorite butterflies and moths. About 130 of these brightly colored beauties can be spotted in Wisconsin and are a welcome visitor to home landscapes. But...
ready? set? grow!

ready? set? grow!

written by Lisa Briggs
The cool spring held spring flowering trees in check, but this week’s heat is pushing plants hard, all at once. Every yard in my neighborhood reminds me of a technicolor Munchkinland when Dorothy steps out of that fallen house.

read more
it’s been a roller coaster

it’s been a roller coaster

written by Lisa Briggs
April’s crazy temperature swings have had gardeners racing from the urge to get tomatoes in the ground and the scrambling to dig up floating row covers from the back of the garage. I don’t believe that there is any group of folks more obsessed with the weather than gardeners. Including meteorologists!

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hey plants? wake up already!

hey plants? wake up already!

written by Lisa Briggs
There are many commonly-planted trees, shrubs and perennials that are slow to emerge in the spring, especially after this spring’s roller coaster. I like to think of these plants as teenagers, lolling about in the garden bed late on a Saturday morning, while the rest of the family members in our borders are up and flaunting spring color.

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spring’s most fleeting flowers

spring’s most fleeting flowers

written by Lisa Briggs
Every spring, gardeners hold their collective breath as we wait for the first green shoots pushing through the warming soil. To be a perennial gardener in this climate requires great faith in your choices.

read more
be vewy, vewy quiet…

be vewy, vewy quiet…

written by Lisa Briggs
Elmer Fudd knew what he was talking about. Despite their adorable faces, bunnies can do an awful lot of damage to your yard. A couple of rabbits can strip the bark from young trees or decimate an entire vegetable garden overnight.

read more
those temperamental ides of march

those temperamental ides of march

written by Lisa Briggs
Remember March 1st? Mild temps. A little sun. Definitely lamb weather! And despite a few cold and windy days, the month so far has held to that gentle, lamb-like vibe. It will be interesting to see if the old saying is true this year!

read more
one million butterfly gardens!

one million butterfly gardens!

written by Lisa Briggs
Butterfly gardens can be any size, from a small window box to a large border in your landscape. And they can be as simple or complex as you’d like, from a massed drift of coneflowers to a constantly blooming border of host plants and nectar-rich perennials.

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