Spring into gardening 2020

Despite winter’s grasp, spring will soon arrive! Prepare for it by attending the 14th annual “Spring into Gardening” conference hosted by Extension Kenosha and Racine Counties. Registration is open through Feb. 24 for this event, which will be held on Saturday, March 7, at Union Grove High School. The day will begin with a keynote […]

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Introduction to Plant Diagnostics Training Program

All Master Gardener Volunteers are welcome to attend the Intro to Plant Diagnostics training program which counts towards the Master Gardener continuing education units. Register by March 10th for this informative workshop. Intro to plant diagnostics flyer and agenda Dates: Saturday, March 14th at Boerner Botanical Garden (9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI) OR Saturday, […]

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Garden column: protecting your plants this winter

With snow on the ground and the forecast temperature in 20’s F, it’s not best to plant any leftover perennials in the ground for the season. However, you can overwinter any container perennials in an unheated garage or cold basement. Place the container plant inside a bigger container or wooden box. Use straw, leaves, hay, […]

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New report highlights fish farming in Wisconsin

Article was written by Leigh Presley, Agriculture Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. A shortage of wild-caught yellow perch from Lake Erie is threatening the Wisconsin fish fry as we know it. The cause of the shortage, like the fish, seems hard to find. Warmer water temperatures and predation by larger fish might be […]

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Garden Column: Putting Your Garden to Bed for Winter

By Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator for Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties. As the growing season comes to end, it is time to clean and put your garden to bed for the winter.  A good fall cleanup provides multiple benefits for gardeners – reduces weed populations and disease, minimizes plant insect pests, prevents rodent infestation, […]

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Garden Column: Managing Wasps

By Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator for Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties. Wasps often have a scary reputation for their painful sting, but they are highly beneficial insects in the ecosystem. They predate on many flies, caterpillars, and young insects that damages crop plants, and to a certain extent they also help in pollination.  Yellow […]

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Garden Column: Wild Cucumber Invasion

By Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator for Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties. Wild Cucumber Invasion There is a timing for all plants including weeds to be conspicuous at a certain season in natural landscape. In autumn, one such attractive weed that has begun to catch attention in southeast Wisconsin is wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata).  Native […]

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Managing Japanese Beetle Adults & Grubs While Minimizing Impacts on Pollinators

Article by Vijai Pandian, UW Madison Extension and PJ Liesch, UW Madison Entomology Established in Wisconsin in 1990’s, the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is a voracious defoliator of many landscape and garden plants. Roses, birches, lindens, grapes, raspberries, Norway maples, beans, apples, plums, crabapples, elms, beech, asparagus and rhubarb are some of its favorite plant […]

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Poison Ivy – Leaves of Three, Let it Be

By Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator for Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties Summer is a great time to explore Wisconsin’s rich natural resources. When you camp, bike, or hike you may encounter diverse trees, shrubs or vines but none are as easily recognizable to “Poison Ivy” (Toxodendron radicans) with its distinct three leaflets. Poison Ivy, […]

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Mid-Summer Garden Chores

By Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator for Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties July is the prime time to keep up with your garden maintenance. Beyond weeding and mulching, there are other essential chores that can help your landscape and garden plants to stay healthy and fresh. Schedule your second lawn fertilization with 1 lb. of […]

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