The weather outside is frightful. So it is a great time for folks to be gardening inside or planning for the upcoming season. The Horticulture Program’s “Get Ready to Garden Again” webinar series will take your mind off of the chilly weather. This series of three FREE webinars are weekly February 8-22. 

Each webinar is 20 minutes followed by Q&A. Registration required. Open to the public. All webinars will be recorded.
  • Indoor Plant Care During Winter: February 8, 12pm – 12:30pm
  • Rejuvenating Neglected Apple Trees: February 15, 12pm – 12:30pm
  • Planning for a Seed Saving Vegetable Garden:February 22, 12pm – 12:30pm
To register for any of these mini webinars, go to https://bit.ly/3J2Bbk6

This mini-webinar series is hosted by UW-Madison, Division of Extension, Horticulture. For upcoming events and learning opportunities go to: https://hort.extension.wisc.edu/events/
 
Jan. 27, 2023
Article submitted by Jade Arneson
Sept. 30, 2022
Cabin fever got you down? Longing to get back to gardening, or try gardening for the first time this year? Why not attend a free, online, interactive class while you have lunch!
 
Registration is now open for our three-part LET'S GET GROWING: A WINTER LUNCH & LEARN GARDENING SERIES.  Be sure to register for all three sections!  You won't want to miss out as you start to think SPRING and dream of warmer weather to come!
 
PART 1: Map it Out! Creating a Plant Map for Your Garden
February 22, 2022 at 12pm 

In this interactive, online class, we will cover essential elements for mapping and planting your garden, including crop rotation. Crop rotation is fundamental in preventing and limiting disease and pest issues. Participants will learn how to apply their plant map to their garden, keeping in mind spacing, heights, and successive gardening over the seasons. 

Register by February 20, 2022 here:
https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApduGprD4sGdwSdha2QsAHSM_K67EfGimw 

PART 2: Snowing?! I thought you said SOWING! Indoor Seed Starting Basics
March 8, 2022 at 12pm

During this free, online class we will cover the basics for starting seeds indoors this winter. Indoor seed starting basics will give you ideas to get you ready for spring by starting your seeds indoors using items you might already have! Join us to learn more!

Register by March 6, 2022 here:
https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckd-yprD4sE9NLNooL0KNSBSd-npT72497 
 
PART 3: Do the ROT thing! Simple Steps to Composting
March 22, 2022 at 12pm

​In this interactive, online class we will cover the benefits of compost, discuss how to add compost to your traditional, community, or container garden, and how to get your compost started this spring.  Participants will learn a few simple steps to create a compost started as spring is just right around the corner!

Register by March 20, 2022 here:
https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpcOqtpzIsHNHNmAc0be-tQhYVNLxhLk-b 



 
Feb. 9, 2022
Don't miss out!  Whether you are looking to attract pollinators into your current landscape, plant a pollinator meadow, or want to establish a pollinator corridor in your neighborhood; the Pollinator Seed Kit from Brown County Land and Water Conservation Department has you covered! 

These Pollinator Seed Kits use an approved NRCS seed mix including a variety of aster, milkweed, black-eyed Susan, purple coneflower, and more! The seed kit will cover approximately 1,000 square feet and costs just $15. Complete instructions will be provided.

Pollinator Seed Kits are perfect for all gardeners from the beginning gardener to the experienced horticulturist. Local pick-up only from March 1 - October 31, 2022.

Learn more about the 2022 Tree and Pollinator Seed Kit Sale here or call 920.391.4620.
 
Feb. 3, 2022

Join us for our FREE webinar series! These engaging mini-webinars are 30 minutes including Q&A. Mini-webinars are free, but registration is required.

  • Pruning Apple Trees to Maximize Healthy Fruit Production
    Date/Time: Wednesday, February 23, 12:00p.m.
    Presented by: Amaya Atucha, Associate Professor/Fruit Crop   Specialist, UW-Madison
    Description: Late winter is an excellent time to prune your backyard apple trees and proper pruning helps your trees to produce high-quality apples!  Join us and learn about proper pruning techniques and how the structure of your apple tree supports healthy fruit production.
    Click here to register 

  • Identification, Management and Control of Major Apple Pests
    Date/Time: Wednesday, March 2, 12:00 p.m.
    Presented by: Diana Alfuth, Horticulture Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Division of Extension
    Description: Be prepared to combat common pests on your backyard apple trees! Join us to learn about the major insect and fungal pests that can cause damage to your apples and the timing of different management strategies to help you be successful this season!
    Click here to register 

  • Growing Strawberries in Containers
    Date/Time: Wednesday, March 9, 12:00 p.m.
    Presented by: Darrin Kimbler, Agriculture Educator, UW-Madison Division of Extension
    Description: Did you know that you can grow your own fresh strawberries in containers? Join us to learn how! We will talk about what you need to know to successfully grow strawberries in containers, including selecting the right variety, soil, watering and fertilizer and how to overwinter them.
    Click here to register 

 

Jan. 27, 2022
Tree-related questions are quite common at the Extension Brown County Horticulture Help Desk, and many issues concern trees that were planted by the homeowner about 15 – 25 years ago. These trees were perfectly healthy for many years but then started to slowly decline as they age. Typical symptoms are a thinning of the tree’s canopy, smaller and off-colored leaves, dying branches, early fall colors, early leaf drop, deep cracks in the trunk, etc. The most common trees involved are maples and lindens, but ash, honey locust, ornamental pears, and Japanese tree lilacs are other trees we see affected. While there might be several factors causing the issues including insects and diseases, the most common reason is that the tree was planted too deeply, to begin with!

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Dec. 17, 2021

Looking back at our client records from the season, turf questions rank high in the number of calls and emails that come to the Horticulture Help Desk at Extension Brown County. So many times, homeowners are seeking help with a lawn that is thin, full of weeds or dying in sections. These problems could be the result of insects, diseases, lack of fertilization, improper mowing practices, soil compaction, shade, drought stress, weedy grass species, etc. Many of these issues can be solved or lessened in severity by good lawn maintenance practices! While we are at the end of our grass growing season, let’s review some information that will get you off to a good start next year.

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Sept. 16, 2021

A Fungus Among Us
Have you ever had brown spots on the lower leaves of your tomato plant causing the leaves to turn yellow and die? Well, you are not the only one! There are two quite common diseases of tomatoes that cause concern for gardeners resulting in many calls to the Horticulture Help Desk. The culprits responsible for these problems are early blight and Septoria leaf spot. While these diseases are caused by different fungi, the symptoms created are very similar and management recommendations are the same.

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July 12, 2021

One of the more common questions directed to the Horticulture Help Desk is how to deal with the dreaded Japanese beetle. Even though they have been a significant pest in the general Green Bay area for years, it always seems they are popping up in new places, causing great concern for residents.

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May 21, 2021

Here at Extension Brown County, we receive many questions throughout the year related to pruning trees, shrubs and evergreens. Proper pruning can be of real benefit to your plants, but improperly done can cause injury to plants! First, you need to ask yourself what you hope to accomplish through pruning and then understand proper techniques and the best timing for the job. 

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Apr. 10, 2021

There is a sense that spring is arriving soon. Now is a good time to consider doing a soil sample for your home landscape or wildlife food plot.
 
Soil testing is important since it can provide critical information to determine what your nutrient needs are but will also give you other useful information such as soil pH and organic matter content. The test results will also outline recommendations to remedy any insufficiencies that may be found. These recommendations will allow you to apply fertilizers containing the needed nutrients in the correct amounts. Many times, gardeners simply apply a “balanced” fertilizer containing Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (10-10-10 for example) but you may not need all of these nutrients in your garden. It is so important to only apply what is needed in the amount necessary to help reduce excess nutrient pollution of our local waterways.

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Mar. 15, 2021

As we all face these unpredictable times, our friends at KidsGardening created and shared these ‘tried and true’ plant-based activities that are joyful for any age and don’t involve any screen time. The national nonprofit reaches close to half of a million educators, parents and volunteers with free online gardening educational resources and activities. Click here for fun gardening with kids ideas!

 

Mar. 30, 2020

When the Victory Garden Manual was first written in 1943, it was pretty easy to come up with reasons to grow your own vegetables. It was wartime and food was scarce. The food that was available might not have been the freshest or healthiest. Statistics say that in 1943, nearly 40% of all fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. were grown in-home and community victory gardens. That’s impressive!

Now, as National Garden Bureau celebrates its 100th anniversary (1920-2020), it seems timely to reintroduce the concept of victory gardening with quick and easy steps to plan and grow your own vegetable garden.

We are calling it, Victory Garden 2.0!

All credit goes to the author of this book, James H. Burdett. Mr. Burdett founded the National Garden Bureau in 1920 as a way to enlist horticultural writers and broadcasters in the noble effort of mass education to create a population of gardeners. In the process, he improved the lives of citizens both in wartime and in times of peace. Click here for more information.

Mar. 26, 2020