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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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Dodge County Master Gardener Association Perennial Plant Sale on May 16th

REMINDER! Dodge County Master Gardener Association Perennial Plant Sale on May 16th Sale also includes herbs, houseplants and vegetables. The Dodge County Master Gardener Association is hosting an Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 16th at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau, at 127 E. Oak Street. The sale begins at 8 a.m. […]

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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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Gardening in February

Gardening in February February is the month when winter seems to have an icy grip on people and cabin fever sets in. The snow, the ice, the cold, and the wind seem to permeate every corner. For gardeners, it is still a bit early to start seeds, but it is not too early to get […]

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The Musclewood Tree

There is no question that landscapes are enhanced by the addition of trees. Certified Master Gardener Chris Jacobs addressed these assets in an excellent article, The Many Benefits of Trees, available at http://wimastergardener.org/sites/wimastergardener.org/files/locals/Dodge/articles/TheManyBenefitsofTrees-Nov2014.pdf . One thing to keep in mind when selecting a tree is diversity. When planting the same thing as all the neighbors, […]

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