Home Garden Tours

(originally posted July 27, 2011, Brown Bag) A home garden tour is a summer time staple for any garden enthusiast.  It’s a chance to explore other people’s landscapes, gather ideas and find inspiration for your own.  But opening the gate isn’t a decision that comes lightly to the home owner.  Preparations need to be made […]

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Why Woody Plants Won’t Flower

Dr. Laura Jull, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist for Woody Ornamentals discusses all the possible causes of why trees and shrubs may not flower. Listen: Download MP3 More information: Pruning deciduous shrubs Pruning deciduous trees Black walnut toxicity Plants not favored by deer

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Growing Degree Days and Crabgrass Control for Spring 2012

Dr. Doug Soldat, UW-Extension Turfgrass Specialist, discusses the issues of this spring’s weather and the impact on controlling crabgrass. Listen: Download MP3 More information: Turfgrass Science, UW-Madison Phenology, UW-Extension Degree Day Calculation, UW-Extension Have a question about this topic?  Please post in comments section below.

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Growing Tomatoes in Containers

Don’t have room to grow tomatoes?  Ann Wied, Consumer Horticulture Educator for Waukesha County UW-Extension offers advice to get a plant going in a container. Listen: Download MP3 More information: Tasty Tomatoes in Containers, University of Minnesota-Extension Have a question about this topic?  Please post in comments section below.

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Grape Recommendations

Grapes are one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and have traditionally been able to grow in all but northernmost Wisconsin.  Success with grapes depends on many things such as having an ideal site, following proven cultural practice, and using the right cultivars.  In this podcast on Grape Recommendations I sit down with […]

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Home Garden Tours

A home garden tour is a summer time staple for any garden enthusiast.  It’s a chance to explore other people’s landscapes, gather ideas and find inspiration for your own.  But opening the gate isn’t a decision that comes lightly to the home owner.  Preparations need to be made before folks start wandering across your property.  […]

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Chickens in the Garden

Pink flamingos are being tossed to the curbside as many gardeners opt for chickens in their urban and suburban gardens.   In addition to egg production, garden poultry may assist in insect control, provide a fertilizer sources and, well, can be more interesting than a gazing globe.  However, urban chickens aren’t all fancy-free.  Predators, damage to […]

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Farmers Markets and MGVs

Farmer’s markets can play a pivotal role in our communities.  They provide fresh, locally grown produce for the consumers, while offering employment opportunities and business growth to the region.  Rose Skora, Agriculture Educator for Racine and Kenosha Counties works with farmer’s market development in Southeast Wisconsin.   Rose will discuss key elements of a successful farm […]

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Organic Backyard Fruit Tree Management

Training and maintaining small statured fruit trees has many benefits for backyard gardeners. It can also support organic production which involves a system that uses a combination of management techniques to maintain soil quality and fertility, and control weeds, pests and diseases. These are not without challenges; apple scab, rusts, apple maggot, coddling moth, and […]

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Horticultural Therapy

Most gardeners innately understand the connection between their mind, body and the garden.  Horticultural Therapy research shows empirical evidence on the positive impact plants and green space have on our personal well-being. Mike Maddox, Rock Co. UWEX Horticulture Educator, will discuss some of the principle concepts of Horticultural Therapy and why it is important as […]

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