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July 2015 Dodge County Master Gardener Meeting Recap

2015 July DCMGV Meeting Recap 7/23/15 The July program was a tour of the BrynTeg Farm by Gary and Caryl Watterson. The acreage of BrynTeg Farm has been in the same family since 1963. They use all-natural, time-tested growing processes: vegetables, herbs, and most fruits are grown free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and the […]


June 2015 Dodge County Master Gardener Meeting Recap

2015 June DCMGV Meeting Recap 6/25/15 The June Master Gardener Meeting featured veterinarian Dr. Vicky Smith. Her practice is at Wyllow Pet Hospital in Beaver Dam. Dr. Smith’s topic was “Pets and the Garden.” In her PowerPoint presentation and accompanying handout, she focused on three areas: safety, environmental enrichment and coexistence of pets and plants. […]

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May 2015 Dodge County Master Gardener Meeting Recap

2015 May DCMGV Meeting Recap 5/28/15 The subject of the Dodge County Master Gardener Association program was Composting. Carol Shirk and Diane Hemling, both Master Gardeners and Master Composters, shared what they have learned about composting through their formal training and from their own experiences. Carol and Diane began their presentation with two pre-tests. One […]

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Purslane: To Eat or Not to Eat

One of the bane’s of gardening is weed management. Some weeds fall into the “if you can’t beat them join them” category. Purslane is one of those weeds. Common purslane, Portulaca oleracea, is an edible weed. In fact, in many parts of the world, it is cultivated because of its high nutrient value. It has […]

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Poison Ivy

Summer is the time to enjoy outdoor family activities with no regrets.   Poison ivy can put a damper on the fun if accidental exposure occurs. The rash from poison ivy, oak, and sumac is due to an allergic reaction to urushiol, a sticky oil produced by these plants. All parts of both living and dead […]

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The Tamarack Tree

The Tamarack Tree Because of the expected demise of the ash trees, many home owners are investigating different options for landscape trees. Wisconsin has a variety of both deciduous and coniferous trees. Deciduous trees are hardwoods that lose their leaves seasonally. Conifers are soft wood trees that keep their needles, with one mighty exception: the […]