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Gardening After The Winter Holidays

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s a relief to direct our energy inward for a little while and focus on some new projects. Winter is such a great time to make plans for the future. You can gather the courage to put those gardening lessons learned last summer...

Early Seed Starting of Flavorful Varieties

Did you know that the average grocery store’s produce travels nearly 1,500 miles between the farm where it was grown and your refrigerator? That nearly 40% of our fruit is grown or produced in other countries? And that, even though a simple thing like broccoli is...

Christmas Traditions

Every family has their own holiday traditions that are practiced, and enjoyed, year after year. We bundle up and head out to the same place to get the tree. We bake cookies from the same family recipes. We watch the same holiday special on television....

Indoor Gardening Tips for a Chilly December

Although there hasn’t been much, we’ve had a little snow, so it looks like winter is here. Some of us are missing accumulation, but we’re probably in the minority. Outside, seeds and buds are slumbering. The earth is still. Inside our homes, we’re warm and...

Choosing A Tree

Close on the heels of the Thanksgiving celebration, 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...

Everything Holiday Houseplants

Gardening in late November? Are we crazy? Most everyone we know is consumed with holiday decorating, shopping and entertaining, but you can still squeeze in a little winter gardening to satisfy your green thumb. And beautiful blooming plants make excellent gifts for...

Prep Your Garden For Winter!

Wow. We had amazing fall weather, but the forecasted chilly temperatures make it look as though winter is ready to settle in. But there is still time to plant bulbs this weekend, so stop into the Garden Center to stock up on a bit of color for next spring and take...

Preparing Our Containers and Garden Ornaments for Storage

November can be such a melancholy month. The days are shortening and we know that the icy grip of winter is imminent. Our landscapes are losing the bright autumn leaves and before long snowflakes will begin to gather on the grass and in the garden. The season for...

Late Fall Gardening Tips

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 make some folks bereft, but many others so happy. The Garden Center is...

Forcing Spring Bulbs Now

Forcing spring bulbs into winter bloom was the rage in the 1800’s. Hyacinths were especially popular. But there are others to try, too. We love vases of paperwhites and pots of amaryllis. And with a little prep time, you can have pots of tulips and daffodils blooming...
Putting Your Vegetable Garden to Bed

Putting Your Vegetable Garden to Bed

Fall is the time of year for two of our favorite garden activities-harvest and reflection. Without the harvest, we can’t reap the rewards of a summer well spent. And without reflection, we’ll never learn from our mistakes and successes.

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Tips on How to Winterize Your Pond

Tips on How to Winterize Your Pond

The night temperatures are starting to cool and the leaves have started to color. And though the last few days still felt like summer, winter is definitely on its way. So now is the time to get your ponds and water features ready for the frosty temperatures to come.

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Who Doesn’t Love These Windy & Crisp Fall Days

Who Doesn’t Love These Windy & Crisp Fall Days

October is such a transitional time, a month that seems to teeter on the edge of a climatic cliff. Colors change as deep green foliage morphs into mellow butter yellow or fiery scarlet. Sounds change as migratory birds mass on the telephone wires to chat and plan travel routes. Who doesn’t love these windy, slightly crisp, fall days when you can walk through the woods and watch leaves dance and listen to acorns beat out a rhythm as they fall to the ground.

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Late Summer Garden Maintenance

Late Summer Garden Maintenance

For many gardeners, Labor Day marks the end of summer and the beginning of the autumn lawn care season. Cooler temperatures and more regular rainfall make this an excellent time to start a new lawn or repair an existing one.

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Common Questions About Fall Bulbs

Common Questions About Fall Bulbs

Do you have questions when it comes to fall bulbs? What are they, and how and when do I plant them are things that gardeners ask. Planting bulbs is simple and rewarding, especially when the shoots emerge after a long winter.

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Planting Fall Bulbs

Planting Fall Bulbs

Adding spring flowering bulbs to your garden borders is simple and rewarding, especially when those new crocus shoots emerge after a long Wisconsin winter.

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