Plant Propagation References

Plant Propagation References

Plant Propagation References  by MGV Ann Marie Ott While the wait for warmer weather continues and a chance to get outdoors to prepare your outdoor garden spaces is delayed, you may want to visit the public library and select some books to increase your knowledge...
Selecting Seeds

Selecting Seeds

Selecting Seeds, by MGV Ann Marie Ott As you peruse garden catalogs and seed packets in the stores, you will notice a number of seed terms that are important to consider as you make selections for your garden. Each type of seed presents potential benefits for the home...
Potato Varieties for Wisconsin Gardens

Potato Varieties for Wisconsin Gardens

Potato Varieties for Wisconsin Gardens by MGV Ann Marie Ott Folklore and family tradition may find you planning for potato planting on St. Patrick’s Day or Good Friday.  Given our recent winter weather and deep frost line, you won’t have an opportunity to plant on St....
Orchid Care

Orchid Care

Orchid Care by MGV Ann Marie Ott With winter apparently continuing without end, you may be tempted to bring a bit of the tropics into your home by purchasing an orchid.  An easy to maintain variety is Phalaenopsis, also called the moth orchid because of the shape of...
Garden Mysteries

Garden Mysteries

Book Review by Ann Marie Ott Author Ann Ripley, an organic gardener and former newspaperwoman wrote a series of gardening mysteries between 1998 and 2006.  Several titles are found on the shelves of the Monroe library and others may be waiting for you in other South...
Tropical Hibiscus

Tropical Hibiscus

Since Mother Nature refuses to provide us with a peek at Spring, we’ll take a wishful look at growing tropical hibiscus.   Picture glossy green leaved shrubs, trimmed to five or six feet high, forming a privacy screen around a red brick patio.  Sprinkled among the...