Plants

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Tips to help your landscape beat the heat

Published July 11, 2020

Summer has arrived and, for many, so has the heat - not only hard on gardeners but also our gardens and lawns. Fortunately, there are ways to help plants thrive despite stressful growing conditions.

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Keep your landscape looking good with less effort

Published July 5, 2020

Keep your garden looking its best and reduce your workload by enlisting practices that provide multiple benefits. Your garden will flourish and youâ€TMll have more time to enjoy its beauty.

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Yes, you can (and should) garden during quarantine

Published April 22, 2020

Happy Earth Day, Milwaukee! Local gardening expert Melinda Myers says research now proves what gardeners have long understood. "Spending time in the garden and nature improves our mood, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and helps us focus," she says. Which means now is a great time to get planting, because during quarantine, many of us could use the exercise for our bodies and minds.

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Extend your garden season

Published March 28, 2020

With a bit of extra effort and investment, you'll be harvesting fresh vegetables long before your friends and neighbors. Then be sure to keep these season-extending devices handy to use again in fall.

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Brighten your spirits and indoor decor with a colorful cyclamen

Published Nov. 23, 2019

Add some unique beauty to your indoor décor or give the gift of low maintenance splendor with the easy-care cyclamen. You'll enjoy the colorful plain or ruffled white, pink, rose or lavender flowers that look like shooting stars hovering over heart shaped leaves with silvery highlights.

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Pansies add color and interest to every occasion

Published Sept. 28, 2019

Pick a few pansy flowers and add a smile to any occasion. No matter where you live, pansies provide color - and in some cases, fragrance - to the garden and containers during the cooler months of the year.

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Take the hassle out of daily watering

Published May 26, 2019

Untangling and dragging heavy hoses across the yard, smashing delicate flowers and young vegetable plants along the way, is a common occurrence in many yards. It may be time to look for some time-saving solutions that reduce the hassle of hand watering.

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Reduce maintenance and increase success with self-watering gardens

Published May 5, 2019

Raised beds and containers expand our planting options, allowing us to grow edible and ornamental plants even where there is no plantable space to garden. Use them to make planting, tending and harvesting convenient by bringing the garden to your back door.

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Keep holiday plants looking their best

Published Dec. 9, 2018

The holiday season has arrived. That means you will be on the giving or receiving end of a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, amaryllis or other holiday plant. Extend the beauty and longevity of these holiday beauties with proper care.

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Unique Boutique: Mod Gen

Published Dec. 1, 2018

Located in the heart of the Third Ward, Mod Gen offers plants of all varieties as well as household items and more.

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8 cool things to find at Mitchell Park Domes

Published June 22, 2018

The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory is the perfect place to be this summer when the weather is bad but you still feel like being among plants. Here are eight plants you should look for while visiting the Domes.

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Safely manage insects on indoor plants

Published Jan. 21, 2018

The low light, shorter days and dry air of winter stress our houseplants while helping insects thrive. But don't despair if insects have moved in; instead, invest a bit of time and effort managing these pests and keeping your plants at their best.