Garden Questions

Contact the Master Gardener Horticulture Helpline

Help by phone: 262-857-1942

April – September: Monday / Wednesday / Friday, 9:00 am to Noon
October – November: Wednesday Only 9:00 am to Noon
December – February: Leave message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible
March – Wednesdays only 9:00 am to Noon

Please leave a detailed message including your name and contact information. We will get back to you as soon as possible. You may also e-mail the Horticulture Helpline at

Stop in or Bring / Plant Vegetation Samples

Kenosha County UW-Extension at the Kenosha County Center, Northeast corner of Hwys 50 & 45 Bristol, WI.  See schedule above for Master Gardener Volunteer availability, however, samples may be dropped off  Monday thru Friday from 8am to noon and 1pm to 5pm.

Publications and Fact Sheets

Soil Testing

UW Soils Lab

Garden soil should be tested every three to five years, or before starting a new garden. Information and testing instructions are online at Soil samples can be sent in a new sandwich-size zip top plastic bag. An “official” soil test bag is not necessary. You can mail samples directly to the lab in Marshfield, WI. Test results and recommendations are sent via email or postal service in about two weeks.

If you prefer, soil test kits with instructions and a bag may be picked up at the Kenosha County UW-Extension office in the Kenosha County Center (19600 75th Street, Bristol, corner Hwy 50 and Hwy 45), by calling the garden helpline at (262) 857-1942, or emailing