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Fun Ideas for A Little Holiday Gardening!

By: Lisa Briggs | Thursday, Dec. 17th, 2020 Snowstorms have a wonderful way of slowing everything down, forcing us to live in the moment. All of the distracting details of daily life that ordinarily occupy every moment of your time are suddenly moved to the back...

Celebrations, Rituals & The Winter Solstice!

By: Lisa Briggs | Thursday, Dec. 17th, 2020 The term ‘winter solstice’ marks the day when the earth’s axis tips us, and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, the farthest from the sun. The sun appears at its lowest and weakest points in the sky on the 21st. And with...

Lore About Your Favorite Christmas Traditions

By: Lisa Briggs | Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 2020 Every family has their own holiday traditions that are practiced, and enjoyed, year after year. We bundle up and head to get to the same place to get the tree. We bake cookies from the same family recipes. We watch the same...

Let’s Talk About Indoor Gardening!

By: Lisa Briggs | Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, 2020 Baby, it’s cold outside, so winter is definitely here. Outside, seeds and buds are slumbering. The earth is still. Inside our homes, we’re warm and happy in rooms sparkling with bright lights, views of any impending storms...

Choosing The Perfect Christmas Tree

By: Lisa Briggs | Thurs. Nov. 19th, 2020 Close on the heels of our Thanksgiving celebrations, comes one of the most harrowing of all the winter holiday experiences - the Selection of the Christmas Tree. Luckily, we live smack in the middle of tree central.  Of the...

Let’s Talk About Holiday Houseplants!

By: Lisa Briggs | Thurs. Nov. 19th, 2020 Gardening in late November? Are we crazy? Most everyone we know is consumed with holiday decorating, shopping for gifts, and trying to reconfigure their Thanksgiving dinner traditions. But you can still squeeze in a little...

Winter Garden Preparation Tips & Tricks!

By: Lisa Briggs | Thursday, November 5th, 2020 Wow. It’s November and we’re seeing temps in the 60s. Remember last year? By this time we’d already had 3 measurable snow events. What a difference 12 months can make! The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting average snowfall...

Tips on Winterizing Your Pond at Home!

By: Lisa Briggs | Thursday, November 5th, 2020 Despite this week’s warm weather, the night temperatures are cooling and last weekend’s wind stripped most of the leaves off our trees. And though the last few days felt like summer, colder weather is on its way. It’s...

To LED, or Not To LED…

By: Lisa Briggs | Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 No snow for us yet, though I did see a few flakes around 4:30 on Monday. But there will be plenty of nice November days that are perfect for getting a jump on outdoor holiday decorating. Why not start with hanging your...

Late Fall Gardening Tips As November Draws Near

By: Lisa Briggs | Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 At long last. It’s time to take a deep breath because the physical work and often frenetic pace of the growing season is over. Not having a million things to accomplish in the garden may find some folks feeling a bit...
Fun Ideas for A Little Holiday Gardening!

Fun Ideas for A Little Holiday Gardening!

Lose yourself in the beauty of an orchid flower for just an instant and feel your blood pressure drop. Delight in the way the sunlight plays on the surface of a spiny cactus stem and sense your smile. Be amazed as an amaryllis reaches upward and stretch yourself inwardly as well. These are the moments that help us get through one of the most hectic and stressful times of the year.

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Lore About Your Favorite Christmas Traditions

Lore About Your Favorite Christmas Traditions

Every family has their own holiday traditions that are practiced, and enjoyed, year after year. We bundle up and head to get to the same place to get the tree. We bake cookies from the same family recipes. We watch the same holiday special on television. There are some time-honored traditions that everyone practices. Have you ever wondered how some of them got started?

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Let’s Talk About Indoor Gardening!

Let’s Talk About Indoor Gardening!

Baby, it’s cold outside, so winter is definitely here. Outside, seeds and buds are slumbering. The earth is still. Inside our homes, we’re warm and happy in rooms sparkling with bright lights, views of any impending storms softened by steamy windows. This time of year we gather together to celebrate family and friends. But don’t forget your indoor gardening chores.

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Choosing The Perfect Christmas Tree

Choosing The Perfect Christmas Tree

Close on the heels of our Thanksgiving celebrations, comes one of the most harrowing of all the winter holiday experiences – the Selection of the Christmas Tree. Luckily, we live smack in the middle of tree central.  Of the 13,000 or so Christmas tree farms in the United States, more than 900 are located in Wisconsin. So we have plenty of choices.

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Let’s Talk About Holiday Houseplants!

Let’s Talk About Holiday Houseplants!

Gardening in late November? Are we crazy? Most everyone we know is consumed with holiday decorating, shopping for gifts, and trying to reconfigure their Thanksgiving dinner traditions. But you can still squeeze in a little winter gardening and satisfy your green thumb. Because beautiful blooming plants make excellent gifts for gardening friends and kids.

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Winter Garden Preparation Tips & Tricks!

Winter Garden Preparation Tips & Tricks!

Wow. It’s November and we’re seeing temps in the 60s. Remember last year? By this time we’d already had 3 measurable snow events. What a difference 12 months can make! The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting average snowfall for the lower Great Lakes region, with cooler than average temperatures

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Tips on Winterizing Your Pond at Home!

Tips on Winterizing Your Pond at Home!

Despite this week’s warm weather, the night temperatures are cooling and last weekend’s wind stripped most of the leaves off our trees. And though the last few days felt like summer, colder weather is on its way. It’s time to get your ponds and water features ready for the frosty temperatures to come. If you still have leaves clinging to trees, your first step is to cover your pond with netting or a floating row cloth. This will keep the falling leaves and other debris out of the water, lessening the work next spring.

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To LED, or Not To LED…

To LED, or Not To LED…

No snow for us yet, though I did see a few flakes around 4:30 on Monday. But there will be plenty of nice November days that are perfect for getting a jump on outdoor holiday decorating. Why not start with hanging your Christmas lights? There’s no rule that says they need to be lit right away and it’s so much easier to put them up in early November than in early December. Be sure to test them first in case you need to replace some strings. And if you need replacements, perhaps it’s time to make the switch from incandescent to LED.

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Late Fall Gardening Tips As November Draws Near

Late Fall Gardening Tips As November Draws Near

At long last. It’s time to take a deep breath because the physical work and often frenetic pace of the growing season is over. Not having a million things to accomplish in the garden may find some folks feeling a bit bereft, but many others are so happy. The Garden Center is emptying of plant material and stocking up on holiday decor. Plants are lined up, ready for frost blankets and mulch piles. All of us here have such mixed emotions about the end of the outdoor gardening season. What about you?

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