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Dodge County Dairy Judging Teams State Results

The Dodge County Dairy Judging teams had the honor of competing at the State Dairy Judging Competition in Marshfield, Wisconsin on July 20. The Junior team was 1st overall.   Individually, Kylie Nickels of Watertown (Richwood Rangers) placed 1st overall and 1st in TAQs (Type Analysis Questions) with a perfect score. Sam Pitterle of Beaver Dam […]

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  You probably know this popular perennial as bee balm, Oswego tea or bergamot. Monarda is a member of the mint family – with the characteristic square stems, opposite leaves and fragrant foliage. The genus name Monarda honors a 16th century Spanish physician and botanist, Nicholas Monardes. The common name bee balm refers to the […]

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July 2015 Dodge County Master Gardener Meeting Recap

2015 July DCMGV Meeting Recap 7/23/15 The July program was a tour of the BrynTeg Farm by Gary and Caryl Watterson. The acreage of BrynTeg Farm has been in the same family since 1963. They use all-natural, time-tested growing processes: vegetables, herbs, and most fruits are grown free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and the […]


June 2015 Dodge County Master Gardener Meeting Recap

2015 June DCMGV Meeting Recap 6/25/15 The June Master Gardener Meeting featured veterinarian Dr. Vicky Smith. Her practice is at Wyllow Pet Hospital in Beaver Dam. Dr. Smith’s topic was “Pets and the Garden.” In her PowerPoint presentation and accompanying handout, she focused on three areas: safety, environmental enrichment and coexistence of pets and plants. […]

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May 2015 Dodge County Master Gardener Meeting Recap

2015 May DCMGV Meeting Recap 5/28/15 The subject of the Dodge County Master Gardener Association program was Composting. Carol Shirk and Diane Hemling, both Master Gardeners and Master Composters, shared what they have learned about composting through their formal training and from their own experiences. Carol and Diane began their presentation with two pre-tests. One […]

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Purslane: To Eat or Not to Eat

One of the bane’s of gardening is weed management. Some weeds fall into the “if you can’t beat them join them” category. Purslane is one of those weeds. Common purslane, Portulaca oleracea, is an edible weed. In fact, in many parts of the world, it is cultivated because of its high nutrient value. It has […]