Gardening techniques and tools

Mid-Summer is Time to Take Stock, Refresh

July 16, 2017 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Mid-summer is a good time to take a look around your yard and garden and decide what you like and what you don’t.  Go out to the street and approach your home from both directions, pretending to be a visitor.  What do you notice first?  Is there a plant that is too big, a container […]


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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 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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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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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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Gardening Lessons are Reinforced

October 2, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

I’ve nearly completed the first gardening season at my new home.  After 30 years of gardening, this past year taught me some new gardening skills and reinforced some basic gardening tenets that I’ve known but never had occasion to worry about.       First and foremost, vegetable gardens absolutely positively need full sun!  Full sun means […]


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It’s Mum Time!

September 4, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      The entryways of plant nurseries, grocery stores, drug stores and department stores are filled with beautiful pots of chrysanthemums in an array of gorgeous fall colors.  Soon all those pots of mums will migrate to front porches, decks and sidewalks throughout the area.       Don’t be quick to buy the biggest most spectacular plants […]


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Time to Clean Up!

August 7, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Every yard has one.  Maybe it’s out of sight behind your garage or on the side of the house where you never go.  Perhaps it’s in the back corner behind the kids’ yard toys.  Maybe it’s inside the vegetable garden or at the back of the flower bed.  Possibly it’s right out front for all […]


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Protecting Plants From the Elements

July 3, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      July brings weather challenges to the garden – strong winds, torrential rains, hail and hot sun.  These can take a toll on flower and vegetable gardens, but there are some things you can do to protect plants from harsh weather.       First, watch the weather forecast daily.  If you don’t know what’s coming, you […]


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It’s All New This Year

May 1, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Every year I experiment with a new vegetable, herb, fruit or flower in my garden.  Not this year.  This year, in my new home, everything is different.  The soil, light conditions, wind, water, surrounding vegetation, weeds, insect pests, the deer population, whatever critters live along the riverbank; it’s all unfamiliar.        The ecosystem I created […]


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