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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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Plant and Seed Lingo

March 6, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Every occupation and hobby has its own unique language.  Newcomers can be confused by terms that they haven’t heard before, or haven’t heard used in a particular way.  Gardening is no different.  Here are a few terms to know before you buy plants or seeds. Annual plants aren’t able to survive our winters so they […]

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Neighbors and Family Help a Garden Come Together

November 15, 2015 lawanda Newspaper Columns

A few columns back, I mentioned that my husband and I have moved from our one-acre property to a smaller ¼-acre yard with many challenges. We closed the sale of our former home at the end of September leaving a garden still producing bountifully, apples and pears yet unharvested and grapes fermenting on the vines. […]

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Plants Respond to Touch and Gravity

November 1, 2015 lawanda Newspaper Columns

The outdoor gardening season is over in Wisconsin, so it’s time to learn something interesting for which the average gardener will probably find no practical application.  You can always throw your new knowledge and vocabulary words around to impress your friends though. Have you ever wondered how plants like clematis, grapes, peas, cucumbers, squash, ivies […]

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Moving Brings Surprises and Challenges

September 6, 2015 lawanda Newspaper Columns

After 24 years on a beautiful acre in the Town of Clayton in northern Winnebago County, my husband and I have moved. Just a half hour’s distance by car and only ten miles as the crow flies, everything is very different. Our new home sits on a ¼ acre of land. It is waterfront, so […]

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What’s old is still good

April 5, 2015 lawanda Newspaper Columns

When my husband and I decided to attack the long overdue task of cleaning out our file cabinets, he found some old papers he’d brought home from work years ago that had been printed on a dot matrix printer, on that continuous feed computer paper with the holes down the sides.  He took a photo […]

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Mistletoe

December 21, 2014 lawanda Uncategorized

Here in Wisconsin, mistletoe comes to mind only at Christmas time, and then only to those hoping to kiss or be kissed beneath it.  Come January, nobody gives it another thought.  It’s not that way in some parts of the U.S., but we’ll get to that later. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe comes […]

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Herbal Gifts

December 7, 2014 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Herbal Gifts   Herbs from your garden can form the basis for a healing salve, lip balm, soothing hand cream or solid perfume.  All have the same three ingredients:  an herb-infused oil, beeswax and vitamin E oil.  Varying the amount of infused oil and beeswax is what changes the outcome. The first step is to […]

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