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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Expert’s Tip: Growing Donuts

Chrissy Wen, Walworth Co. UW-Extension Horticulture Educator I’ve always said that plants are smart.  This time of year it’s hard to tell, but I’m sure we’ve all seen a plant that is growing in the shape of a donut with all the lush growth on the outside and nothing left in the middle. This is the plant’s […]

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Expert’s Tip: Another Way to Beat Weeds

Ben Futa, Director, Allen Centennial Gardens Greetings from the Allen Centennial Garden on the UW-Madison campus. Allen Centennial Garden is a 2.5 acre public garden with 27 themed garden spaces and thousands of plants on display. Like many of you, we’ve had above average and regular rainfall this season – which is great news for […]

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Best-Fit Hand Pruners

A set of hand held pruners should  be  in  every  gardener’s  tool  kit  but  selecting the right pair can be a challenge with an overwhelming selection available at most garden  centers  and  online. Hand  held  pruners  are designed for a variety of tasks in the garden. Some are large enough to cut small branches, while […]

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Orchids, Orchids, Orchids

Once again the toucans joined us for breakfast. Since we didn’t have to leave early, most of the group hopped on the hotel’s shuttle at 9:00 to drive down to visit their private beach. It wasn’t your stereotypical tropical beach with a wide swath of sand, but there was a row of chaise lounges facing […]

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