Resolutions for a New Year: Your 2024 Outdoor Bucket List

The new year is just around the corner, and with it comes a slew of resolutions. The media is a hurricane of different ideas, like shedding winter weight, spring cleaning, or ditching the spending habit. Still, resolutions can add a lot of pressure to an already arduous task. Instead, why not do something that’s beneficial […]

Conifers: The Winter Staple for Wisconsin Yards

The changing colors of autumn are breathtaking, painting the hills with vibrant hues. Still, once the last leaf has dropped, the landscape is left looking rather bare. A yard with dying grass void of blooms and foliage isn’t ideal, so as snow begins to fall, how can you make sure your yard is still stunning? […]

Give the Rake a Break: Your Guide to Sustainable Leaf Management

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Each cool autumn is contrasted by the transformation from lush green to fiery hues of red, orange, and yellow. Yet, after the big show, many of us are left with a sea of leaves to rake, bag, and dispose of. So, why not leave them where they are? Nature’s Fertilizer Be-leaf it or not, leaf […]

The Beginner’s Bulb Guide: 4 Fall Planting Tips for Stunning Spring Bulbs

Mikayla Albrecht, Marketing & Communications Intern While the glory of summer gardening is winding down, planting for spring is only beginning! Planting bulbs in fall takes some time, but ensures that your yard will be a colorful pollinator paradise come the first weeks of spring. So, let’s dive in to irises, alliums, tulips, and so […]

Tunes & Blooms: Does Music Actually Help Plants?

At some point, just about everyone hears that music is good for plants, and if you’re anything like me, you were probably a bit skeptical. I’m not about to start singing to my potted plants on a rumor alone. But, what if there’s some truth to the age-old tale? Picking Up Good Vibrations While plants […]

What’s the Deal with Algae?

They aren’t a plant and they aren’t an animal, so what are algae? Algae are primary producers, which means that they’re at the very bottom of the food chain. They create their own food through photosynthesis like plants do, but they’re actually considered protists.3 They serve as food for small aquatic critters like insects and […]

Friend or Foe? Lily Pads in Wisconsin

With gorgeous blooms and vibrant foliage, lilies are a gorgeous addition to an ornamental pond, but can become quite a nuisance in a recreational body of water. Imagine trying to reel in a fish through a densely knotted mess of stems and pads or, worse yet, detangling the mass from your boat’s propeller. What a […]

Creating Your Perfect Sensory Garden

PC: Trailer and oak tree by Oliver Dixon, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Want to get away from it all? Some days, we could all use a mindful minute in nature, and sensory gardens are the perfect location. They’re specially crafted to appeal to the senses and create a calm and grounded environment. They can certainly be enjoyed by anyone, but they’re especially beneficial to those with sensory […]

3 Steps to Create a Garden that Fits Your Abilities

1 in 4 adults in the nation have a disability, and most will experience one at some point in their lifetime. Unfortunately, adults with disabilities experience 80% more mental distress than those without, so it’s important to find ways to cope, like gardening!4 Gardening is hard work, but it bears more fruit than the plants […]

Are You a Farmers Market Regular? Here Are 5 Reasons You Should Be

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Every summer, Midwesterners flock to their local farmers markets, and they should! Not only do farmers markets connect us to the neighbors who grow our food, but they also support our environmental and economic health. Here are just a few reasons why going to the farmers market should be part of your routine this summer. […]

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