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‘A Midsummer Night’s’ Gardening Tips (7/18/19)

By: Lisa Briggs | July 18th, 2019 No one wants to be the first to say it, but here we go. The Solstice was four weeks ago and even though the heat of the dog days is in full effect, summer is on the wane. Of course, there are still plenty of things to do in the...

Summer Vegetable Gardening – What You’ll Need to Know

By: Lisa Briggs | July 17th, 2019 The popularity of vegetable gardening shows no signs of plateauing, making your goal of eating in a more seasonal and local way easier than ever. Growers are introducing lots of new, and old, varieties. Designers are reworking...

Much Needed Early-July Summer Gardening Tips!

By: Lisa Briggs | July 3rd, 2019 The brightest of the stars in the Big Dog constellation is Sirius, the Dog Star. In the mid-summer, it can be seen rising and setting with the sun. This conjunction caused the ancients to believe that Sirius’ heat added to the heat of...

Attracting Birds with Flowers in Your Garden!

By: Lisa Briggs | July 2nd, 2019 When you’re at the Garden Center choosing summer-flowering perennials and annuals for your yard, there are probably many factors that affect your decision. The size of the plants at maturity. The color and time of bloom. Perhaps...

Native Prairie Plants Getting Set to Flower Soon

By: Lisa Briggs | June 18th, 2019 The Summer Solstice is tomorrow and that means the glorious month of June is on the wane. We’ll soon be moving into the traditional Dog Days of Summer. You may think that the sunny days in July and August are so called is because we...

Mid-June Gardening Tips!

By: Lisa Briggs | June 18th, 2019 Mid-summer is an especially nice time to start a garden journal. Our to-do lists have shortened and everything is just so beautiful. It’s helpful to make notes of particular diseases or pests that may haunt your yard year after year....

Early June Gardening Tips (6/6/19)

By: Lisa Briggs | June 6th, 2019 Although June usually ushers in the gentler garden, the kaleidoscopic colors of May might linger with us a bit longer. The Extension agents in Madison reported that we are more than 100 Growing Degree Days below average. Lots of plants...

Attracting Bright & Beautiful Pollinators this Spring

By: Lisa Briggs | June 3rd, 2019 Brightly colored butterflies are a welcome visitor to any garden. We value them for their usefulness as pollinators, as well as for their beauty. Attracting them involves planting shrubs and perennials that serve the needs of all life...

A Garden By Any Other Name Is Still A Garden

By: Lisa Briggs | May 31st, 2019 The beauty of any garden isn’t in the eye of the beholder. It’s in the eye of the garden’s creator. As I stroll through my neighborhood or drive from one place to another, I am often amazed by what constitutes a garden. And I don’t...

Early Summer Gardening Tips – 5/23/19

By: Lisa Briggs | May 23rd, 2019 Late May is usually a gardener’s favorite time of year! Every yard looks a bit like Munchkinland in technicolor. This spring’s weather has certainly delayed almost everything. So we find ourselves looking forward to a stellar June....
Effective Grub Control Options

Effective Grub Control Options

Not much has changed for treatment of adult beetles, but there are a couple of really good options for controlling the grub stage. And since a Japanese Beetle spends about 85% of its life underground as a grub, exercising control over them while they’re in your lawn is the most effective method.

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The Perfumed Garden

The Perfumed Garden

The sense of smell is amazingly underrated. An aroma can bring pleasure or alert you to danger. You can sniff out the truth. My absolute favorite is that scent created by a summer rainstorm drenching the pavement and soil on a warm day. There’s even a word for it – petrichor.

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Late to Emerge Perennials

Late to Emerge Perennials

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 also be quick to pass judgment on the viability of our plants. Sometimes, too quick.

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Early May Spring Gardening Tips!

Early May Spring Gardening Tips!

The roller coaster temperatures have had gardeners vacillating between the urge to get tomatoes in the ground and the scramble to dig up floating row covers from the back of the garage.

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The Impermanence of Spring

The Impermanence of Spring

It seems miraculous that we didn’t wake up on Sunday morning to find all of those tender shoots and blossoms completely frozen. The experience proved to me that some of the most delicate looking plants in the garden can be the most tenacious. These are our precious spring ephemerals.

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Late April Spring Gardening Tips

Late April Spring Gardening Tips

No matter how long the winter actually is, it always takes forever to end and now that it seems spring has finally sprung, gardeners will be making their lists and checking them twice. Since the outdoor chores that must be done conflict with more pleasurable activities, it may be hard to know where to start.

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The ABC’s of Lawn Care

The ABC’s of Lawn Care

It is a huge morale booster when our lawns magically green up overnight. And once this happens, there are a few things we can do. First, assess your lawn. Start by looking for bare patches and then make a plan to deal with them.

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The Spring March of Flowers

The Spring March of Flowers

The weather can be fickle this time of year, but I can stand it knowing that the merry month of May is not far away. And I often measure the march of spring by the sequence of flowering shrubs.

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Mid Spring Seed Starting

Mid Spring Seed Starting

There are good reasons to grow vegetables from seed. There are so many more choices when you’re buying seeds. For instance, the Garden Center stocks 50 varieties of tomato seedlings. If you look at seeds though, you can choose from 134 cherries, currants, slicers and pastes.

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Shrubs We’re Dreaming About

Shrubs We’re Dreaming About

Are you thinking that your yard doesn’t have room for another plant? Something about the promise of Spring makes us think that we can, and will, find room to plant absolutely everything. After all, there are worse things to collect than new plants. And gardens have always provided very fertile ground for dreaming.

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