Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

Master Gardener, Betty Grotophorst, has a green thumb when it comes to growing the “Bird of Paradise”.  The iconic, stereotypical flower of the tropics, isn’t really a tropical plant at all, however, it has a very exotic bloom that looks great! The Bird of Paradise...

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Clean Air and Houseplants

Clean Air and Houseplants  The winter season may find you spending a greater share of your time indoors and with that, the potential for greater exposure to indoor pollutants. Indoor pollution has become more common as a result of improvements in home insulation and...

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Hardwood Trees and Shrub Sale

Hardwood Trees and Shrub Sale

Hardwood trees for planting this spring 2015 Green County Land & Water Conservation Department is offering 10 varieties of trees,  and 2 varieties of shrubs, for landowners interested in planting trees next spring 2015. The tree varieties are: Bur Oak, Red Oak,...

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The Wisconsin Hop Craze

The Wisconsin Hop Craze

The Wisconsin Hop Craze by MGV Ann Marie Ott For a short decade, between 1860 and 1870, growing and drying hops became a major industry in southern Wisconsin, particularly in Sauk County. Crop failures in New York State, most likely resulting from aphid and mold...

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My Truce with Dandelions

Submitted by MGV Becky Wegmueller - Dandelions-Everywhere! They poked umbrella like through the narrow cracks in my brick sidewalk. Using a sharp old steak knife, I stabbed and tugged, stabbed and tugged, the long tap root resisting, mocking. I spent a whole 96-degree...

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Definitions Applying To Seeds

Definitions Applying To Seeds

Definitions Applying To Seeds by Mary Nelson, Master Gardener Pelleted seed - Pelleting improves the shape, size, and uniformity or raw seeds for more accurate sowing by hand and precision-sowing by machine. The pellets are made of inert materials which dissolve as...

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Growing Grapes for Winemaking

Growing Grapes for Winemaking

Growing Grapes for Winemaking by MGV Ann Marie Otto The Wisconsin Winery Association claims that the American wine industry was born in the rich soil of the Badger State.  Agoston Haraszthy, a Hungarian immigrant planted a vineyard and established the first winery in...

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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...

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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...

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