Argiope feasting on prey

Along Came a Spider

Spiders. Are they creepy, crawly creatures to be feared, monitored, squished or evaded as quickly as possible? Or, wonderful beings that add immensely to gardens? According to mental health statistics, arachnophobia, or a fear of spiders that overwhelms reason, is one of the top ten phobias with millions of sufferers worldwide. In the United States, […]

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Help Line

Ask A Master Gardener!

Dodge County Master Gardener Association and Dodge County UW-Extension announce the opening of the Ask A Master Gardener Helpline. Certified Master Gardener Volunteers will answer your questions about your yard, garden or plants every Tuesday morning from 9am-12pm and every Thursday afternoon from 1pm-4 pm, beginning Tuesday, May 3rd through September 1st. The Certified Master […]

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P1000825 (Large)

Made in the Shade

Some homeowners have been blessed with an abundance of beautiful, mature trees in the landscape. This means there is also an abundance of shade, which poses some challenges when choosing plants to surround the trees. Landscaping in the shade does not have to be limited to the ever popular hostas. While there are a wide […]

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MG Meeting 3-28-16

2016 March DCMGV Meeting Recap – 3-24-16

Noel Valdes presented a program about growing sweet potatoes at the March 24, 2016 Dodge County Master Gardener meeting. Sweet potatoes are actually morning glories!  They produce a beautiful bloom and all parts are edible and non-toxic including the leaves and stems.  Warm climate conditions are required for most sweet potatoes, but new varieties have been developed […]

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Oriental Poppy

The Bold, Vibrant Oriental Poppy

Now that spring has officially arrived, the flowers will bloom and brighten the corners of the landscape. First will be the bulb flowers such as the crocus, daffodil, hyacinth, and tulips. Then, a late spring, eye-catching brilliant display of Oriental poppies will dazzle the eyes for many gardeners. Oriental poppies, Papaver orientale, are an old-fashioned […]

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Harvesting Cinnamon

Spicing it up!

We might not give spices much thought while we’re using them, but many have a history that goes back to the beginning of civilization. Spices have caused wars and great adventures. They have been used as currency, status symbols, medicine, and for embalming. Spices come from the roots, flowers, fruits, seeds, or bark of herbaceous […]

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Mark Krause and Tina Hopp

2016 February DCMGV Meeting Recap – 2/25/16

The February Master Gardener meeting featured Mark Krause, owner of Windy Drumlins, LLC Aquaponics, located one mile south of Horicon on Highway S. The major idea of the presentation is that we need to live off the land as much as possible. In the case of Mark Krause, he and his wife Fran live atop […]

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Hand pruners and loppers

Pruning Away, My Friend

Early spring is a great time to get the gardening season under way. March is the ideal time to prune trees and bushes. The branches are still bare, revealing the structure of the plant and making any necessary shaping a snap. In addition, insects and diseases that might attack an open wound are not active, […]

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