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The Doctrine of Signatures

November 18, 2018 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Before modern medicine, before paper was made and books were written, before the internet, before any form of written communication, the only way people had to learn the uses of plants was by trial and error and by passing information along orally.  Long ago, cultures all over the world independently came to believe that plants […]

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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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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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What is an AAS Winner?

March 18, 2018 lawanda Newspaper Columns

        Have you noticed a little blue and red “AAS Winner” logo on some of the flower and vegetable photos in mail order nursery catalogs?  Have you wondered what that means and how a particular plant earns that designation?         AAS stands for All-American Selection.  The AAS designation is like the Good Housekeeping Seal of […]

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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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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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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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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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