Zinnia – A Happy Little Face in the Garden

Perennials are plants that persist for multiple seasons. Generally the top part of the plant will die back in the fall or winter, but the root will remain and new plant growth will appear the following spring. Many gardeners prefer perennials since they do not have to be planted every year. Annuals on the other […]

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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 […]

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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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Dodge County Highway Department Building Educational Garden

In June 2014 the Dodge County Master Gardener Association (DCMGA) designed and installed an educational garden at the Dodge County Highway Department Building, 211 East Center Street, Juneau. This garden is located on the south side of the building near the east entrance. With a southern exposure, next to an exposed aggregate pre-cast concrete building, […]

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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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2015 Master Gardener Bus Tour – June 27, 2015

Each year the Dodge County Master Gardeners plan a bus trip to tour gardens, plant nurseries, garden centers, etc. The purpose is to educate and stimulate the participants. We’ve chosen two gardens that are considered leading educational gardens that are social and horticultural destinations which enrich the quality of life in the upper Midwest. On June 27, 2015 we will […]

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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 […]