In My Backyard: Bright throughout Winter

Well, as I look out into my far western Wisconsin backyard here in early December, I’ve been seeing a lot of brown.  Different shades of brown, but overall, brown.  I’ve been okay with brown and relatively warm temperatures for this time of year, but as I write this the temperatures are dropping and snow is predicted. […]

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Bringing the Garden to the Sun

I have a common problem with my yard. It is getting shadier every year. Last year I finally had to give in to the lack of sunlight in my perennial beds and stop trying to grow anything that needs more than half shade. That means about 75% of all the plants I drool over at […]

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Boom! Down Goes the Tree

Last spring was full of heartache as we had to take down some really important big trees in our backyard.  We lost a 25+ year old honeylocust that was scarily hanging over a powerline as well as a large ash. (Part of the honeylocust is shown in the picture… see that included bark, crack, and […]

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Price County MGV’s Educate with Community Growing Center

What a delight to live and work in Price County, the 5th largest county in the state’s 72 counties. The county is known for its spectacular natural beauty, including vast areas of national, state and county forestland, and 18,000 acres of water. Price County is the home to 14,159 people scattered throughout the area in […]

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In My Backyard: Honeyberries

Have you heard about honeyberry? Lonicera coerulea var. edulis, also known as haskap or blue honeysuckle, has been in cultivation for several hundred years in Japan and in Eastern Europe since the 1950’s. A potential alternative to acid-loving blueberries, it was introduced in North America in 2000 for a breeding program in Corvallis, Oregon. Now breeding projects are being done at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.   

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Good Photos for the Annual Accomplishment Report

Quality pictures are needed for the annual report and program marketing.  Please use the remaining garden season to get pictures of MGVs in action!  Image tips include: We need lots of action shots!  Posed gardening shots and group shots are useful (but no more than one, please).  Nature stills or landscapes are only useful if […]

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MG Sharing: This is What You’ve Shared!

The 2015 annual report on the MG Program has been printed and one copy was mailed to each of the county offices (yesterday) and each local WIMGA rep, so if you want to see the printed, 72-page book ask your local rep or county educator. It is also available electronically to everyone on the MG […]

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