While in-person programming is not possible, we are offering short videos on Horticulture topics. There will be topics using the the Spooner Agricultural Research Station as a backdrop and other short videos on garden subjects.
Our Kids in the Garden summer series for kids will have a different look this summer. We plan to release educational gardening videos for kids (and adults too!) regularly throughout the summer of 2020. Follow along and please DO try these at home!
You can access the listing of videos on our Video page or go to the main menu and hover over "Blog" to find the video page. Access to this page can be found on our home page.
UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Roseann Meixelsperger provides information on Hummingbirds.
Kevin Schoessow, UW Extension Area Agriculture Development Educator provides a short video on growing garlic.
There have been some inquiries about the annual North Country Master Gardener Volunteers’ Plant Sale that is traditionally held on the third Saturday of May. It is cancelled this year since all Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteer programs have been suspended since mid-March. The Stay at Home orders have not allowed Volunteers to start the seeds or care for the heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and assorted herbs that are traditionally part of the plant sale.
Easy steps for a successful Victory Garden 2.0…(with recommendations from the 1943 Victory Garden Manual by James Burdett, adapted for today’s world.)
1. Know your growing zone!– Just enter your zip code here to find your zone.
You are invited to a Zoom program.
When: May 14, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this program:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
With the right soil, light, and nutrients, almost anything can grow in almost any container. Learn how to grow perennials, annuals, and vegetables in containers and which types are best. Containers are a must for small spaces and can also be used when you have less than ideal soil conditions. This program will identify the advantages of various types of containers, the plant varieties that do best, and the maintenance required to get the best results.
The program handouts are now available. Listed below and on our 2020 Events Handouts page.
The National Garden Bureau, the non-profit information and marketing arm of the gardening industry, has chosen lantana for one of this year's "Year of" honors .
For wonderful color in the garden all summer long, lantana is a great choice. From pink to purple, orange to red, pale to deep yellow, the array and combinations of colors against the dark green foliage are spectacular. Bees and butterflies love its! Hummingbirds do too! Lantana is a must-have for any pollinator garden.
And lantana is DEER RESISTANT!! so important in our area NW Wisconsin.
Lantana loves full sun and well drained soil and is largely disease resistant when given enough air circulation and allowed to dry out. These lovely plants can withstand high temperatures and drought conditions. A little deadheading will keep lantana looking great all summer long.
Popular since the 18th Century, there are over 150 species of this verbena family plant. Plant Lantana camara where a compact plant is desired or trailing varieties in planters, pots, hanging baskets or in the garden. For information on featured varieties such as Bandana® , Bandolero , or Luscious® check out The National Garden Bureau Year of the Lantana page!
photos: The National Garden Bureau
article: Pam Davies NVMCV
Have you ever wondered the meaning of a flower?
The History of Flower Meanings
The symbolic language of flowers has been recognized for centuries in many countries throughout Europe and Asia. They even play a large role in William Shakespeare’s works. Mythologies, folklore, sonnets, and plays of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Chinese are peppered with flower and plant symbolism—and for good reason. Nearly every sentiment imaginable can be expressed with flowers. The orange blossom, for instance, means chastity, purity, and loveliness, while the red chrysanthemum means “I love you.”
The Posy Book, authored by Teresa H. Sabankaya, is a modern book sharing the language of flowers.
When you are out in your garden creating a bouquet for your loved one, send a special message by adding what your flowers mean in the bouquet you created.
Inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers, this new language of flowers dictionary is a compilation of many historical references on the language of flowers, with additional modern meanings for newly hybridized flowers.
Inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers, a posy is a small, round bouquet of flowers, herbs, and plants meant to convey a message, such as dahlias for gratitude, sunflowers for adoration, or thyme for bravery. These floral poems have become Teresa Sabankaya's signature. Brides want them for their weddings, but a posy is a lovely gift any time of year, and one that readers can easily put together from their garden or with blooms from their local florist. In The Posy Book, Sabankaya shares step-by-step instructions, floral recipes for more than 20 posies, and ideas for seasonal variations. A modern floral dictionary, with 12 original paintings by celebrated illustrator Maryjo Koch, will help readers craft their own posies filled with personal meaning.
NCMGV ~ Carla TePaske
Vegetables Love Flowers
Author: Lisa Mason Ziegler
Fight garden pests and increase your yields the natural way with this tried and true technique!
Planting vegetables and flowers together is one of the oldest ways to create a healthy, bountiful garden, but there's more to the method than you might think. Vegetables Love Flowers will walk you through the ins and outs of companion planting, from how it works to which plants go together and how to grow the best garden for your climate.
With the right information and some careful planning, you can help your plants thrive--and beautify your garden in the process.
I recently won Vegetables Love Flowers. It is full of basic gardening tips and fantastic photography.
NCMGV ~ Carla TePaske
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