Gardening techniques and tools

Healthy Soils Make for Healthy Plants

October 21, 2018 lawanda Newspaper Columns

UW-Extension Master Gardeners must acquire ten hours of continuing education each year to retain Master Gardener certification.  Most months, an hour of education is offered prior to our monthly business meetings.  In September, our speaker was Patrick Lake from the Oshkosh office of the National Resources Conservation Service.  He was an enthusiastic and entertaining speaker.  […]


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Math in the Garden

October 7, 2018 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Do you realize how often math is involved in gardening?  Here is the answer to the oft-asked question, “When will I ever need math in real life?”       Say you want to fence your garden.  You measure two sides, add those measurements together and multiply by two to find out how much fencing to buy […]


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There’s More Gardening to Do

September 16, 2018 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Some people greet the end of the growing season with sadness while others feel a sense of relief – will those zucchinis never quit???  Here are a few tips to help you make the transition to the off-season whatever your feelings about the imminent change in weather.       Continue harvesting vegetables and deadheading annual flowers […]


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No Bare Soil!

August 19, 2018 lawanda Newspaper ColumnsUncategorized

Over the 18 years I’ve been writing this column, I’ve mentioned the benefits of using mulch in the garden many times.  In case you missed it, here it is once more, plus  a few new and even more important reasons to keep soil covered. Mulch is a layer of material spread on the surface of […]


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Don’t Waste Your Weeds

June 3, 2018 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Weeds.  You either love them – no sarcasm here, that would be me – or hate them.  I’ll start off by saying that if you take care of your garden weeds in June, you’ll have a much better time of it in July and August. Just like flowers, weeds can be annuals, perennial or biennials.  […]


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Planting Tips

May 16, 2018 lawanda Newspaper Columns

By the time you read this, it will likely be safe to plant flower and vegetable transplants and seeds.  Do check the forecast for the next week or so before planting though, just to make sure a cold snap isn’t imminent.  Here are a few planting tips. When planting transplants from the nursery, first give […]


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Time to Plan This Year’s Garden

March 4, 2018 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Longer days and warmer temperatures signal that it’s time to begin serious planning of this year’s garden. Seed catalogs were mailed months ago and the big box stores have seed offerings on prominent display. It’s a good idea to begin with a list of everything you want to plant including seeds, purchased seedlings, and larger […]


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Injury Causes Changes in Gardening

November 19, 2017 lawanda Newspaper Columns

I hate to admit this even to myself, much less make it public, but this year I had physical limitations that changed the way I garden. I slipped on the ice last winter and unknowingly broke my back. It took many months for the pain to present itself, but when it did, oh boy! Gardening […]


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Compost is the Solution to Every Gardening Problem

November 5, 2017 lawanda Newspaper Columns

I was recently tasked with summarizing the principles of organic gardening on just a half sheet of paper.  Given that there have been thousands of books and articles written on the topic, it was a tough assignment.  A search of the Winnefox Library system turned up 231 titles!        After some thought, I realized that […]


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Non-Traditional Tulips

October 1, 2017 lawanda Uncategorized

One of the first flowers children learn to draw are tulips.  A few curved petals, a stem, and two pointy leaves.  There are some beautiful tulips that look just like those simple drawings, but others differ greatly.  Some look like peonies or roses or carnations.  Others look like no flower you’ve seen before. ‘Queensland’ is […]


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