Ask A Master Gardener – Native Bees

Bees are important insects for our food sources. Seventy-five percent of our major food crops depend on pollination to mature, and bees are great pollinators. While honey bees are an important source of that pollination, and provide the added benefit of delicious honey, they are not the only bees that we enjoy here in Wisconsin.

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Ask A Master Gardener – Tall Trees for Shoreline Gardens

Dodge County is graced with many lakes, rivers, and streams. Much of the shoreline of this vast water network is on private land, and we manage it for recreational use, property beautification, and for the creatures who inhabit this place between land and water, known as the riparian zone.

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Ask A Master Gardener – Hardy Geraniums: A Year Round Splendor

Hardy geraniums are a great choice for a ground cover plant in sun to part-shade locations. Perennial hardy geraniums are the “true geranium” with about 300 species available, including one native to Wisconsin woodlands. With a myriad of choices, there is a hardy geranium suited to every landscape, although they are vastly underused.

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Ask A Master Gardener – There is a Fungus Among Us

2020 has been a challenging and unusual year. The gardening season was unusual as well, as I encountered considerably more fungi than I have seen in the past. While none of these fungi are pathogenic (disease-causing), they are a site to behold, and worthy of discussion.

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