Newspaper Columns

Invasive Plant Spurs Flower Bed Renovation

May 21, 2017 lawanda Newspaper Columns

It was my own fault.  In my defense, I didn’t know any better at the time.  Here’s what happened that led to having to spend an entire afternoon digging every single plant out of one of my mother’s flower beds.       Twenty-six years ago, my husband and I purchased a home that had many beautiful […]

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Tips for Successful Tomato Planting

May 7, 2017 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable garden plan and one of the easiest.to grow.  Even people who don’t have a dedicated vegetable garden often plant a tomato or two in flower beds or containers.        When buying young tomato plants, look for sturdy plants with healthy green leaves.  Avoid leggy plants and those with yellowed […]

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Protect Oak Trees from Oak Wilt

April 2, 2017 lawanda Newspaper Columns

        Before European settlement, most of Winnebago County was an oak savanna.  Oak trees were the main component of the plant community, but their density was low enough that grasses and other vegetation could thrive.  For a variety of reasons, today the oak savanna is one of the rarest plant communities on earth.         While […]

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Cilantro/Coriander Named Herb of the Year 2017

March 5, 2017 lawanda Newspaper Columns

The International Herb Association has chosen cilantro and coriander as the 2017 Herb of the Year.  It may seem as though they’ve chosen two herbs, but they’ve actually selected just one – coriander is the seed of the cilantro plant. People tend to either love or hate the taste of cilantro.  The taste has been […]

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No Potting Soil Needed for Air Plants

February 19, 2017 lawanda Newspaper Columns

If you want an easy-to-care for houseplant without the mess of potting soil, one of the 650 species of air plants, called Tillandsia, are for you.          Air plants have slender, strappy leaves resembling pineapple tops, but of a finer nature.  Most have spectacular tubular or funnel-shaped flowers lasting from several days to several months.  […]

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Caring For Holiday Gift Plants

December 18, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Most plants given for holiday gifts – poinsettias, Christmas cactuses, kalanchoes, cypresses, and others – originate in tropical regions and cannot tolerate our cold winter temperatures, even for a few minutes.        Special care must be taken in transporting these tender plants outdoors.  Protect them with as many layers of paper, plastic, towels or blankets […]

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Deterring Deer

December 4, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

As we build homes further out into what was once countryside, we encroach on the homes of many species of wildlife, including deer.  With fewer undeveloped acres available to provide natural food, deer are forced to look at our residential landscapes for sustenance.  Many of our home landscapes and gardens are virtual deer buffets.       […]

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Find Answers to Gardening Questions with UW-Extension Publications

November 20, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

The mission of the Winnebago County Master Gardener Association is this:  “To provide research based horticulture education, community service and environmental stewardship to our community in affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension.”          The Master Gardener program was initially conceived to assist Extension agents in answering the public’s questions on home gardening and landscaping.  […]

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New Buckthorn Control Method

November 6, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Buckthorn is a nasty plant that is taking over woodlands, wetlands, prairies and other natural habitats.  You may have some growing in your own yard and not know it.        Buckthorn was introduced to the United States in the 1800s as a tough, hardy landscape shrub.  That toughness resulted in it becoming aggressively invasive to […]

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What to do with Herbs in Winter

October 16, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Just like the plants in your flower garden, herbs can be annual or perennial plants.  Some of them will withstand a Wisconsin winter and grow again next year, while others will be killed by the lightest of frosts.       Basil is probably the herb most sensitive to cool temperatures.  Low 30s will turn the leaves […]

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