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2016 Upper Midwest Regional Master Gardener Conference

Several Dodge County Master Gardener Volunteers attended the 2016 Upper Midwest Regional Master Gardener Conference held at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The conference theme was “Helping Nature Thrive.” Attendees had the opportunity to learn, gather new ideas and improve leadership skills from educational sessions led by expert speakers. Those in attendance also had […]

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Hummingbirds in the Garden

Hummingbirds are a treat to have in the garden. They play an important role as pollinators and are entertaining to watch.  They can be quite feisty when protecting their territory, are very acrobatic as they hover and dart up and down and even backwards, and can be very vocal with their squeaky chirps and twitters. […]

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Nasturtium 'Peach Melba'

Nasturtium

Nasturtiums are an old-fashioned, colorful, fragrant annual and culinary herb. They have appeared in paintings by Monet and Henri Matisse, have been used for medicinal purposes to treat wounds and prevent infections, and were used as a pepper substitute during World War II.  The flowers attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.  Deer typically do not like […]

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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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