Kids not eating fruit? Try cutting, slicing it

How can I get my grandchildren to eat more fruits and vegetables when they’re visiting? I am lucky that I get to have them over often, but I can’t seem to entice them to eat much produce. You’re not alone. Most children (and teens and adults for that matter) don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, […]

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Wisconsin First Detector Network (WIFDN)

Welcome to the home page for the newly created Wisconsin First Detector Network (WIFDN). The goal of WIFDN is to empower members of the public to take action against invasive species by providing training and volunteer opportunities. Participants will receive training through a combination of prerecorded videos, interactive online sessions, and in-field volunteering projects. The cost of registration is $30, which grants access to interactive online training sessions and access to hands on training opportunities. It is recommended that participants test their browser compatibility by following the instructions on the Trainings page. Upon completion of the training portion, participants will be asked to complete at least 24 hours of volunteer work during 2014. For more information and to register, please click “Read More”.

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Making and Using Compost in the Garden

Making your own compost is an easy, practical, and satisfying way to make use of yard waste and table scraps. Home composting can reduce the use of water and synthetic fertilizers while improving the health of your soil and plants. For homeowners living n areas where laws and ordinances limit or prohibit the disposal of leaves and yard clippings into landfills, composting is a sensible alternative. To read the entire article, please click “Read More”.

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The brown marmorated stink bug, is a plant pest that was recently introduced into the United States from its native range in Japan, Korea, and China. Reported host plants in the United States include the following: fruit crops, agronomic crops, vegetable crops, ornamental trees and shrubs. For more information, please click “read more”.

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Training and Pruning Apple Trees

Apples are the most common fruit tree planted in Wisconsin. In addition to providing fruit, apple trees can be a pleasing addition to the home landscape. However, unlike most shade trees, apple trees require annual training and pruning from the time of planting to produce an attractive and productive tree. To learn about the care of apple trees, please click “read more”.

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Winter Salt Injury and Salt Tolerant Landscape Plants

Winter in Wisconsin often means snow and ice. To allow safe travel for pedestrians and motorists, walkways and roads must be kept as ice-free as possible. While snow and ice removal is best done with shovels, snow blowers, and plows, this may not remove all of the snow, and ice can quickly form, leaving slick, hazardous surfaces. Deicing salts are used extensively to melt this ice and snow. To read the entire article, please click “read more”.

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