Pumpkin Field Public Domain

It’s Pumpkin Time

It’s Pumpkin Time ‘Tis the season when tables are heavily laden, groaning with the blessings from garden bounty. Inevitably a pumpkin pie will make its way to the table and rave reviews will follow. Pumpkins originated in Central America. They range in size from the tiny, less than one pound, decorative ones to the giant […]

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Aloe vera

Aloe, My Friend, Aloe

Aloe, My Friend, Aloe Does your thumb have more of a brown tinge than green? But, you would really like to have some plants to brighten your home? Consider one of the easiest to grow and most forgiving houseplants: the aloe. Aloe are succulents, meaning that they have thick, fleshy water storage organs. They are […]

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2014 September Dodge County Master Gardener Volunteer Meeting Recap

2014 October DCMGV Meeting Recap 10/23/14 The last meeting of 2014 for Dodge County Master Gardeners featured Dr. James A. Reinartz from UW – Milwaukee. Dr. Reinartz’s presentation covered a significant number of charts, drawings, and photos. He presented scientific information to help his audience understand how shrubs and trees have the ability to survive […]

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Marcescent Leaves

Marcescent Leaves

It’s that time of year when the leaves are changing color and dropping onto our lawns. Even though it may seem like all the trees are losing their leaves, there are a few deciduous trees that hold onto their dried leaves throughout the winter. Marcescent (mahr-CESS-ent) is the term used to describe this type of […]

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Dog vomit slime mold

Molds, Fungus, and Other Fun Things

Master Gardeners are frequently asked to identify plants, insects, diseases, and trees. Less frequently they are asked to identify seemingly foreign objects. One favorite question is when someone says that a foreign invader has entered their bark mulch. While nothing had been in this spot the day before, it now appeared as if a dog […]

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2014 September Dodge County Master Gardener Volunteer Meeting Recap

2014 September DCMGV Meeting Recap 9/25/14 The September Master Gardener meeting featured Patrick Ready who spoke about “Attracting Eastern Bluebirds.” Patrick Ready has been a bluebird trail monitor in Dane County for the past 14 years.  He manages five trails with the help of four other monitors.  For the past six years, Pat has been […]

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Creeping Bellflower

So Pretty, but So Invasive

So Pretty, but So Invasive The Dodge County Master Gardener Master Association opened the Master Gardener Help Line Thursday afternoons from June 5th-September 4th, 2014.  Nearly 40 inquiries were answered this season including those about diseased plants, general gardening, plant identification and insects with shady reputations.  People brought samples directly to the Administration Building, called […]

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