Ground Cherry in husk

Ground Cherries

Ground cherries are an old-fashioned garden favorite that is in the nightshade family, the same family that includes tomatoes and peppers.  These unique “fruits” are about the size of a cherry tomato and are hidden away inside a papery outer husk. The fruity flavor of the ground cherry lends itself well to use in salads, […]

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Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Growing vegetables doesn’t have to be boring.  This week’s featured vegetable is the kohlrabi. The kohlrabi is known best for its enlarged above ground stem.  That’s right STEM.  It is used in stir fries or eaten raw.  It has a light cabbage flavor.  It grows best in cool weather.

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Wood chip path leading into the Spooner Agriculture Research Station AAS Display Garden. The path is surrounded by summer-blooming perennials, shrubs of different colors and textures, and markers identifying each type of plant.

All-American Selection Winners Perform

Are you constantly in search of flowers and vegetables that grow well in this area?  You might want to check out the All-American Selection (AAS) winners.  All-America Selections is an independent non-profit organization that tests new, never-before-sold varieties for the home gardener.  It is the only non-profit plant trialing organization in the US. Some varieties […]

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booted feet & legs on snow

Prevent salt injury to your plants this winter

By Alana Voss, UW-Extension Agriculture Educator for Juneau and Sauk Counties The first day of winter is on Friday and we all know what comes with winter… snow and ice. We all do what we can to battle the icy sidewalks and roads, but have you ever stopped to think about how the ice melt […]

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Close up of a head of cabbage that has just been picked on other freshly picked cabbages.

Succession Planting & Cold-Hardy Vegetables

In Wisconsin we often don’t think about being able to get multiple crops of vegetables out of the same space in one year.  With some careful planning you can grow a spring crop and a fall crop of cold-hardy vegetables. Spring vegetables like peas, lettuce, radishes, spinach, etc. at some point will start to look […]

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Dried tomatoes

Sick of canning tomatoes or don’t want to can, but also still want to preserve some of the fruit for later?  Try drying tomatoes.

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Cattle near a metal ring hay feeder surrounded by muddy tire tracks. Photo by Callum Black / Cattle and mud / CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Floating away

After what was a very long stretch of time without rain this summer, we are now facing the exact opposite problem… with flooding in much of southern Wisconsin, many roads are still closed for safety reasons.  On my way to work this past week I have been seeing standing water in places that I have […]

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Yellowjacket hornet adult on grey background.

How to Find Pest Removal Experts

Occasionally our office will get a question about bee removal, but after discussion it turns out that the “bees” are actually hornets, not honey bees.  A lot of folks aren’t equipped to deal with hornets themselves, so the next question is: “who is in the area that can help me?”  In Extension we can’t recommend […]

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horsehair worm hidden among the leaves of a goji berry plant

Horsehair worm

This has been a week of curious creatures and plant issues coming into the office… above you can see a thread-thin creature writhing about on the leaf of a goji berry plant.  This is a horsehair worm, a parasite of insects and other invertebrates.  Horsehair worms are often found after a rain or near pools […]

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