Holiday Rosemary

Growing Rosemary Indoor Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) is a popular aromatic herb that symbolizes remembrance, friendship, and loyalty.  Often sold during the holiday season in a decorated topiary form, the value of rosemary goes beyond its ornamental use. Since the Roman era, both fresh and dried rosemary has been used for cosmetics, medicinal, and culinary purposes.  […]

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Winter Mulch Your Landscape Plants

Winterize Your Landscape Fluctuating temperatures in late fall and winter can cause considerable damage to many landscape plants.  Especially when the temperature suddenly drops into the 20s, landscape plants need an extra layer of winter protection if there is little or no snow cover. One of the best blanket covers to protect the crown and […]

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Winter mulch your landscape plants

Article was written by Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. Fluctuating temperatures in late fall and winter can cause considerable damage to many landscape plants, especially when the temperature suddenly drops into the 20s, landscape plants need an extra layer of winter protection if there is little or no snow cover. […]

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DATCP Guidance on Unsolicited Seed Packages

DATCP Guidance on Unsolicited Seed Packages Release Date: July 28, 2020 Media Contact: Grace Atherton, Communications Director, (608) 224-5020, Grace.Atherton@wisconsin.gov MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has been notified that some Wisconsin residents have received unsolicited packages in the mail containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. […]

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Lawn & Garden Questions?

Get your lawn & garden questions answered by our WI Master Gardener Volunteers serving at the Plant Health Advising (PHA) Offices in Kenosha, Milwaukee and Racine Counties in Wisconsin. Services: Plant diagnosis, plant disease testing*, garden related insect identification, soil testing*, landscape & gardening info, and plant identification. *- cost associated for testing, call/email for […]

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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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