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A Few Winter Gardening Tips to Keep You Warm

By: Lisa Briggs | January 16th, 2020 What a wacky couple of weeks it’s been weather-wise! A week ago today, the high temperature was 49 degrees. Today, many of us didn’t see anything above 20 degrees. And let’s think about snow totals for a minute. Despite the...

Early Early Early Seed Starting Tips!

By: Lisa Briggs | January 16th, 2020 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...

Composting At Home | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

By: Lisa Briggs | December 30th, 2019 Did you know that over eighty percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions? I make a few gardening resolutions every year and don’t manage to keep any of them. Life and weeds get in the way of our best intentions every time....

Gardening Tips For After The Holidays

By: Lisa Briggs | December 30th, 2019 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...

The Origins of Family Christmas Traditions

By: Lisa Briggs | December 5th, 2019 Every family has its own holiday traditions that are practiced, and enjoyed, year after year. We bundle up and head get to the same place to get the tree. We bake cookies from the same family recipes. We watch the same holiday...

Seeds & Buds Are Slumbering Outside… Your Indoor Gardening Chores!

By: Lisa Briggs | December 5th, 2019 There isn’t much now, but we’ve had a little snow. And it’s cold, so winter is definitely here. Some of us are missing the accumulation, but we’re probably in the minority. Outside, seeds and buds are slumbering. The earth is...

How To Choose The Perfect Christmas Tree

By: Lisa Briggs | November 20th, 2019 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...

Holiday Houseplants Make Excellent Gifts for Gardeners

By: Lisa Briggs | November 20th, 2019 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...

Holiday Christmas Tree: To LED… Or To Not LED…

By: Lisa Briggs | November 7th, 2019 Even though we’ve had some very early snow, there will be a few nice November days that are perfect for getting a jump on outdoor holiday by hanging your Christmas lights. There’s no rule that says they need to be lit right away...

Early Winter Garden Prep Tips You Should Know

By: Lisa Briggs | November 7th, 2019 Wow. Only November 7th and it has snowed three times already. The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting above-average snowfall for the lower Great Lakes region, so the past week is a portent of weather to come. The snow will make it...
Gardening Tips As Summer Draws To An End

Gardening Tips As Summer Draws To An End

Seesawing temperatures are the usual clue that we’re nearing the end of summer. But long-range weather forecasters predict that temperatures will hover in the very pleasant upper 70s and low 80s for the next 30 days, giving us lots of time to plant some fall veg and late-blooming annuals. So pretend for a moment that you’re just like the kids heading off to school. Think of your garden like a new box of crayons and add some color!

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The Hydrangea ABC’s

The Hydrangea ABC’s

As the days shorten, it’s time to look at what late summer has to offer our gardens. And our number, go-to shrub for a fabulous display is that summertime staple, the hydrangea. Luckily, there is a variety for every garden, whether your garden is full sun or full shade and your boat is floated by the big, blowsy mop-heads or the more delicate lace-caps.

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Late Summer Gardening Tips You Need to Know

Late Summer Gardening Tips You Need to Know

The Dog Days began later than usual and don’t end until August 20th, so there’s still plenty of summer weather to come. Cicadas and crickets have been singing us to sleep, but nights, though still warm, are noticeably longer. And sadly, summer days shorten. The season never seems long enough, but it’s time for gardeners everywhere to reap what they have sown.

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The Perfect Prairie Plants for Your Yard & Garden

The Perfect Prairie Plants for Your Yard & Garden

The hot, dry weather that is typical of late July and early August can be hard on your garden plants. Many look a little bedraggled, and your borders might seem a bit boring after the stunning color of May and June. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of beautiful, colorful plants that are at their peak in mid to late summer.

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

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

You can give your garden borders and containers a quick update by replacing those tired looking Impatiens and Geraniums with plants that will thrive in the cooler temperatures to come. Brown Eyed Susans, annual Grasses and Amaranths can do double duty.  

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Much Needed Early-July Summer Gardening Tips!

Much Needed Early-July Summer Gardening Tips!

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 the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather.

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Attracting Birds with Flowers in Your Garden!

Attracting Birds with Flowers in Your Garden!

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 whether or not the plants will re-flower. These are all qualities that we take into consideration. But let’s throw one more factor into the mix. Do the flowers that you plant attract birds?

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Native Prairie Plants Getting Set to Flower Soon

Native Prairie Plants Getting Set to Flower Soon

Many of the native prairie plants will be starting to flower soon. Besides being drought tolerant, they attract birds and butterflies. To get a feel for the natural beauty and diversity of prairie flowers and grasses visit one of the local prairies in the Arboretum or Schumacher Prairie just east of Waunakee.

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Mid-June Gardening Tips!

Mid-June Gardening Tips!

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.

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