Ask A Master Gardener – The Versatile Sedge

Do you want a lush green “lawn” under that black walnut tree where turf will not grow? How about good-looking vegetation to soak up run-off rainwater from the low spot that perpetually floods? Then a sedge is the right choice for you.

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Ask A Master Gardener – When do I pick my apples?

So how do you decide when to pick your apples? One would think it would therefore be easy to tell when they are ripe, unfortunately this is not the case. In Wisconsin apples ripen from August to October. A complicating factor is the difference between maturity and ripeness.

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Ask A Master Gardener – A Patriotic Trio in the Garden

Soon we will be celebrating Independence Day. The symbolic colors of our flag speak to our better angels: red for hardiness and valor, white for purity and innocence, blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. A patriotic plant trio, cardinal flower, American mountain mint, and great blue lobelia, has grown in North American moist meadows, along rivers, and at woodland edges for millennia.

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