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There is no explaining the love of a really hot chile pepper to someone who doesn’t love chile peppers. By the way, chile is the correct spelling for the pepper; chili is the spelling for the southwestern dish made with chile peppers.

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How do our plants cope with the heat? Sure, succulents don’t seem to mind with their fleshy, waterfilled leaves — but most of the rest of our plants can get really stressed.

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You can look at “lasagna” gardening two ways. The first is to grow the herbs you would use to season the pasta dish such as oregano, basil, thyme, onions, garlic and parsley and designate it as your lasagna garden.

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Summer is a great time to explore Wisconsin’s rich natural resources. When you camp, bike or hike, you may encounter diverse trees, shrubs or vines, but none are as easily recognizable as “poison ivy” (Toxodendron radicans) with its distinct three leaflets.

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Established in Wisconsin in the 1990s, the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is a voracious defoliator of many landscape and garden plants. Roses, birches, lindens, grapes, raspberries, Norway maples, beans, apples, plums, crabapples, elms, beech, asparagus and rhubarb are some of its favo…

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I’ve been reading quite a bit about climate change and its effect on the world of horticulture. For those folks whose livelihood depends on the crops they grow, it’s an especially serious — and scary — challenge. I know we’ve all been concerned about our Midwest farmers due to the excessive …

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Have you ever considered using perennials, groundcovers and even shrubs in containers for summer interest? In our Midwestern climate, few perennials will make it through the winter in a pot, but if you are willing to plant them in the ground at the end of the season, you can increase your pa…

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As Summerfest 2019 starts its final weekend, there’s still plenty of time to catch a regional favorite (The Love Monkeys Saturday night) and a Pleasant Prairie-based band (Christian hard rockers Skillet, also Saturday night).

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The Four Seasons Garden Club’s “Secret Garden Walk” tour on Saturday (July 13) features gardens at seven private homes, plus an “Introduction to Chiwaukee Prairie,” presented by the Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund.

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Don’t you absolutely love it when you visit a gardening friend and come home with plants? It’s what we do as gardeners and plant lovers — we share our beloved treasures.

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July is the prime time to keep up with your garden maintenance. Beyond weeding and mulching, there are other essential chores that can help your landscape and garden plants stay healthy and fresh.

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With its attractive purple-pinkish to white fragrant flowers, dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) is a highly invasive plant that can quickly displace the native vegetation along roadside ditches, wooded and open areas. Dame’s rocket is commonly visible in its peak blooming stage from late s…

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Dear Car Talk: Is it possible for lug nuts to loosen over a period of time (after 2,500 miles) if they were improperly installed?

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It’s the time of year when a walk through the garden centers or even a friend’s yard brings lustful thoughts about plants to acquire for one’s own garden.

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This rain-drenched and cooler than average spring has been challenging to everyone, but I see my fellow gardeners out there visiting garden centers and favorite perennial suppliers regardless.