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Tomatoes, the Quintessential Garden Crop

It seems that tomatoes are the favorite vegetable for U.S. gardeners. Even people who don’t have a garden plot will put a plant or two in a container on their patio. And, why not? Tomatoes are easy to eat right off of the plant, are considered one of the world’s healthiest foods, come in a […]

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In Praise of the Praying Mantis

One of the most loved insects in the world and one of the most feared by other insects is the praying mantis. The family includes 2200 species in nine families around the world in both temperate and tropical climates. As a group, the preferred term for these insects is mantids, derived from the Greek word […]

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Virginia Bluebells

I have to admit, when it comes to spring flowers for the garden, my go-to choices are the crocus, daffodil, and tulip. A couple years ago, after doing some research, I decided to incorporate a few native spring wildflowers, including Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) into a small shade garden. It took a little time, but […]

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Monarch Butterflies and Milkweed

Over the last few years, you may have seen on TV or read an article about the decline of the monarch butterfly population. Researchers believe the population has decreased 80% in the last 20 years and is at a dangerously low level. In fact, 3 of the lowest overwintering populations have been recorded within the […]

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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 9-noon and every Thursday afternoon from 1-4 pm, beginning Tuesday, May 5th. The Certified Master Gardener Volunteers will […]

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Lamb’s Quarter—A Spring Bounty

As the weather begins to moderate, a gardener’s fancy turns to planting, harvesting, and working the soil. It is hard to wait to taste that first bit of fresh picked bounty. Often, the first things to sprout are the weeds. And, many of those weeds are edible. Not only are they edible, they are powerhouses […]

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Wearin’ O’ Green

Wearin’ O’ the Green On a day when everyone becomes a little Irish, many will enjoy a pint of green beer, some corn beef and cabbage, take in a parade or two, or watch the Chicago River turn green. Another popular symbol of St. Patrick’s Day is the shamrock. It’s seen on jewelry, t-shirts, and […]

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Earthworms – Friend or Foe?

Earthworms (Lumbricus spp.) have been valued for their importance to the soil for thousands of years. The Greek philosopher Aristotle referred to worms as “the intestines of the earth.” Cleopatra declared earthworms sacred – removing an earthworm from Egypt was punishable by death. Charles Darwin was so fascinated by earthworms, that he studied them for […]

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