Youth Gardening

Teach a Child to Garden

Gardening is beneficial for people of all ages, but introducing children at an early age has proven to have life-long rewards. Children who participated in gardening programs learned to work cooperatively, had better relationships with the environment, ate more fruits and vegetables, scored higher on science achievement tests, and showed increased responsibility in all areas […]

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Bee a Wasp Promoter

Most people have come to realize that bees are important pollinators and with the exception of a few unfortunate encounters, peacefully coexist with them. However, wasps are an entirely different matter. Even cartoonists depict bees as cute, sweet, friendly creatures, while wasps are shown as evil, angry characters. So, are wasps beneficial or just pests? […]

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Roadside Beauties

July brings patriotism, hot weather, hot dogs, fireworks, and beautiful chicory blooming along the roadsides in Wisconsin. The pretty blue blooms are common chicory, Cichorium intybus, a plant that originated in the Mediterranean and was cultivated in North America from the 1700s until the 1950s when it became more economical to import it. Now, it […]

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Summer Berries

What are the berries that first come to mind? Blueberry? Strawberry? Raspberry? What about bananas, watermelon, tomatoes or grapes? According to the botanical definition of a berry, berries include currants, blueberries, cranberries, and also bananas, tomatoes, watermelon, grapes and pumpkins. Strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are not berries at all, but are classified as an aggregate […]

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Echinacea – The Quintessential Summer Flower

Spring blooms are refreshment to winter weary souls. They give the assurance that summer is on the horizon and better things are coming. Summer blooms bring out the brilliance of a beautiful day in a background of lush green grass, trees, and shrubs. The quintessential summer bloomer is Echinacea. These tall beauties are commonly pale […]

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Lovely Lilacs

“Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes Aside from roses, there is no flower as beautiful and aromatic as lilacs. Lilacs have a distinctive, memorable fragrance. When the smell of lilacs heralds the arrival of spring, where does the […]

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Crops & Soils Agent Arrives – Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing

Let me introduce myself. I am Dr. Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing, the new UW-Extension Crops and Soils Area Agent with 50% responsibilities in each of Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties.   Both counties have such a rich agricultural history that will let me utilize my diverse background which includes a B.S. in agronomy (crop protection), an M.S. […]

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