Garlic is the last plant to go in the garden. It also spends the longest time growing in the garden, planted in fall and harvested the following summer. However, the bountiful reward is worth the long wait. There are about 400 varieties you can pick from to plant in your garden; each with its own […]
Cultivated for thousands of years for both culinary and medicinal uses – and to repel vampires – garlic is a well-known herb in the onion family that produces edible bulbs. Learn more about the many types of garlic and how to grow it, harvest and use it…
You may have noticed the white blossoms of garlic chives as they begin to bloom in late summer or early fall. Although edible, this southeast Asian perennial is more frequently used as an ornamental in North America. Learn more about Allium tuberosum in this article…
Although February weather can be dull and gray, this month has two holidays celebrated by gardeners as well as a few other people. Groundhog Day on February 2nd predicts the start of spring even though it officially always starts in 6 weeks even if the weather is none too spring-like. Read more in this month’s gardening calendar.
The Master Gardener Program in Forest County started in 1996. Over 30 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 4 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educators facilitating the MG Program are Nutrition Educator Mary Stys and Community Development Educator Steve Nelson.
By December, all the pots and chairs and statuary and yard art are put away. The lawn and fall leaves have been mowed for the last time this year and the gutters cleaned out. The holidays now consume gardeners’ thoughts.
Despite the weather, plants and gardening can still be part of your holidays if you wish. Decorate with evergreens, winter berries, and holly both inside and out. Start with a live Christmas tree. Dress it with garlands of cranberries and popcorn for an old-fashioned look. Put them outside as well as a treat for wildlife. Use boughs and branches to dress-up empty planters left outside if they are not already frozen.
[from the 2016 accomplishment report] Although many people think MGVs only work with flowers or landscaping, they are also involved in many projects related to a variety of environmental issues. MGVs educate the public about preserving the natural beauty that is such an asset to our state and are active in raising awareness of exotic […]
October is a month of preparation for winter. It’s a race against time since the weather can turn wintery at any time. The killing frost hits the southeastern part of the state last, usually sometime around the third week of this month. Earlier light frosts will still do in tender impatiens, begonias, basil, tomatoes and peppers unless they are blanketed for the night.