Garden Basics

Wisconsin Gardener Segments tagged as Garden Basics

Growing Clematis

Renee Jaeger, manager and grower at Klehm's Songsparrow Farm and Nursery in Avalon, shares the secrets of growing clematis.

Growing Coleus

Learn about the gorgeous multi-colored foliage of coleus plants from Rick Halback, a gardener in Madison. This is a wonderful foliage plant for shade that offers a variety of leaf colors for the garden.

Trees to Plant Instead of Ash

Extension woody ornamental specialist Dr. Laura Jull discusses alternatives to ash trees. The Emerald ash borer has been devastating ash trees throughout the Midwest. Planting alternative species is a great way to prevent a mass destruction by an insect pest. Alternative trees include Baldcypress, Miyabe Maple, Kentucky Coffeetree, Triumph elm, Frontier elm, Chinkapin Oak.

Hellebores For Spring

Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture at Rotary Gardens in Janesville, introduces hellebore, a hardy, early-blooming, beautiful perennial.

Keeping Weeds From Coming Back With Wild Ginger

Neil Diboll, owner of Prairie Nursery in Pardeeville, shows how to replace weeds with wild ginger.

A Whimsical Garden

Cheryl Keeffe, a Bluff Country master gardener and a doll maker, found creative ways to deer-proof her garden and added tons of surprising elements. Plant selections includes miniature hostas, bamboo, shrubs and trees, miniature ferns and roses. Other hostas include Cousa Regal, Lady Isabel, the Royal Standard and Jurassic Park.

Growing Ornamental Bamboo

Ornamental bamboo. It’s new. It’s hot. And some of the varieties are very tall.

Growing Plants without Dirt!

Learn to grow epiphytes – gorgeous artistic plants that prefer not to be in the soil. Caleb Whitney of Green Side Up Landscaping shows a wonderful selection of epiphytes and explains how to grow them. In addition, we invite you to take a closer look at clay pots.

Green Weed Control

Dr. Astrid Newenhouse, UW-Madison horticulturist shares green weeding solutions you can find in your own kitchen - dish soap, vinegar, boiling water, corn gluten meal. Other safe solutions include a propane tank flame thrower and BurnOut, an herbicide made with natural ingredients.

Controlling Buckthorn and Honeysuckle

Shelley Ryan travels to Pardeeville to learn how to control the noxious weeds buckthorn and honeysuckle. Neil Diboll, owner of Prairie Nursery, shares his methods.


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