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Drought Tolerant Plants

By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI During this time of year, many varieties of plants are likely to require more water.  However, some flowers, shrubs, and trees can be quite tolerant of hot, dry conditions.  Drought tolerant plants… Continue Reading “Drought Tolerant Plants”

Caring for Plants During Heat and Drought

By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI             Even though the length of the summer growing season in our region can be shorter than in other locations, heat and dry conditions can still stress our plants.  Besides choosing drought-tolerant… Continue Reading “Caring for Plants During Heat and Drought”

Rain Gardens

By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI                 A rain garden can add beauty to your yard, provide habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife, and help protect water resources.  A rain garden is a shallow depression where native shrubs,… Continue Reading “Rain Gardens”

Native Plants

By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI The definition of a native plant can differ among gardeners.  One way a native plant might be described is a tree, shrub, vine, or perennial that was growing in a place in… Continue Reading “Native Plants”

Planting for Pollinators

 By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI Most flowering plants need sun, fertile soil, water, and pollinators to reproduce.   In addition, the fruits and seeds consumed by people and animals depend on pollinators to transfer pollen from one… Continue Reading “Planting for Pollinators”

Attracting Hummingbirds

 By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI             There’s something special about tiny hummingbirds flitting acrobatically around the garden like little helicopters.  To attract hummingbirds, as with all birds, design a diverse multi-tiered habitat with a variety of trees,… Continue Reading “Attracting Hummingbirds”

Attracting Birds to Your Garden

By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI             Are you interested in attracting more birds to your garden?  If so, it’s important to create a suitable year-round habitat by providing shelter and nesting sites for birds, as well as… Continue Reading “Attracting Birds to Your Garden”

Hydrangeas That Bloom On Old Wood

By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI Last week’s topic was hydrangeas that bloom on new wood.  The subject for this week’s article is hydrangeas that bloom on old wood.  Blooming on “old wood” means that buds will flower… Continue Reading “Hydrangeas That Bloom On Old Wood”

Smooth and Panicle Hydrangeas

By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI Hydrangeas are easy to grow shrubs that have strikingly large blooms perched atop sturdy stems.  Most hydrangeas grow in partial shade and will perform best with at least 4 hours of morning… Continue Reading “Smooth and Panicle Hydrangeas”

Shade-Tolerant Vegetables

By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI A vegetable garden can bring you hours of therapeutic exercise and provide healthy foods for your table.  If you have a shady area that receives at least a few hours of sunlight… Continue Reading “Shade-Tolerant Vegetables”