Gardening

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It's growing season, and eager gardeners are already starting their plants for the summer. The promise of fresh fruits and vegetables is what keeps people coming back to their garden plots. But gardening is messy business, and setting up your garden can be strenuous. For many, the worst part is preparing the soil. It's a painstaking process of digging and tilling, which can feel arduous and unrewarding. 

Gardening contributor, Melinda Myers, knows this all too well. That's why she suggests something called, "lasagna gardening." 

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It's the time of year again. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the ground is ripe for planting. It's a good chance to check out heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits and even flowers. 

If you're more likely to buy your produce than grow it, don't worry. It's also the season for farmers' markets and gardening centers. 

Contributor Stacy Tornio shares her list of heirloom plants to brighten up your garden (or salad):

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If you’ve consulted a calendar lately, you know that it’s (technically) spring.  However, if you’ve looked out a window recently, you might beg to differ. But true spring will arrive in the Midwest soon with the temperatures in Wisconsin trending upward, albeit slowly.

Courtesy of The Home & Garden Show

Whether its cleaning off or furnishing a patio, planting the first flowers or vegetables of the season or springing for new windows, new landscaping or new plumbing,  the organizers of the annual Milwaukee Realtors Home and Garden Show are aware that the shift in seasons brings spring cleaning and home improvement. 

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As temperatures hover in the low 60s downtown throughout this summer with only a few warm days, there were some people who theorized that maybe we skipped summer altogether and jumped straight from spring to fall.

That might be cause for concern if you have a garden growing – we’d hate to have a killing frost in August this year.  Fortunately, that probably won’t happen.  But the temperature swings are a concern for Lake Effect's gardening contributor, Melinda Myers.

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Did you spend any time working in your yard over the weekend?  We’re in that great period of time right now when we can enjoy the warm weather without yet worrying about mowing the lawn.

But Lake Effect gardening contributor Melinda Myers says that doesn’t mean we should ignore our yard as the last piles of snow disappear.

Mitch Teich photo

It's not intended as hyperbole: A garden center in Oak Creek is like none other in the world.

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The weather has made a statement - summer is behind us. 

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With the recent snow and single-digit wind chills, most of us have already packed away our gardening gloves. But Lake Effect gardening contributor Melinda Myers says there's still work to be done.

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With the changing of the season, temperatures are getting colder and plants are facing fluctuating temperatures.

Gardening for All Five Senses

Aug 6, 2013
Melinda Myers

Amid the lively chaos at the Wisconsin State Fair lies a little oasis with cooler temperatures and greener horizons.

Early Settlers' Historical Gardens Grow Again

Jul 5, 2013
Gerald H. Emmerich Jr., "Putting Down Roots"

Wisconsin's early settlers didn't plant gardens for decoration - they were their primary food sources.

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The imminent Independence Day holiday is another milepost in the annual gardener’s calendar. 

So it felt like Spring for a while there, didn’t it?  Our run of nice, warm weather was a welcome one, especially on the heels of what had been a very cool, very wet start to the season.

The gardeners among us may have been tempted by the reprieve in the deluge to go out and get some planting and pruning done.  But was that a wise move?  And what has this soggy season meant to our lawns?

Lake Effect gardening contributor Melinda Myers says don't worry.