Going Up the Wall

In March, I wrote about gardening to stimulate the senses. In that article I mentioned using vertical gardening techniques so I can better smell my herbs. That small blurb inspired me to do more vertical gardening this year. Vertical gardening, in my yard, creates another way to interact with my plants. It also creates challenges […]

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Why Use Tested Recipes?

Some of our favorite childhood memories may be of home-preserved foods: delicious dill pickles, spicy salsa, and sweet jams and jellies.  And many of us enjoy sharing these favorite items with family and friends. But how do we know that these family favorites are safe and of good quality to share?

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Workshop: Incorporating Horticultural Therapy into Extension Programs

Are you a Master Gardener Volunteer looking for ways to better engage your audience in your gardening projects? Extension educators and volunteers have a long history of supporting garden-based education programs and projects for individuals and communities.  However, traditional program design and evaluation may not always deliver and capture the full extent of outcomes for […]

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Articles on More Herbs

There are all kinds of herbs used for cooking, fragrance, medicinally, or in crafts. Read about a favorite of many people — basil — as well as some less common herbs you might want to try to grow, and how to dry herbs in these archived articles:

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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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