All About – Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherries!

All About – Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherries!

Ground cherries (also known as husk tomatoes) were recorded as early as 1837 in Pennsylvania. Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry is a Polish variety cherished for its unique super sweet taste! They are generally easy to grow.

Ground cherries should start bearing fruit in late July to August and continue until the first frost. If the fruit falls to the ground before they are ripe, don’t worry! Simply gather up the dropped cherries with the husks on and keep them at room temperature …

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Maggie’s Herbs & Heirlooms

Maggie’s Herbs & Heirlooms

When Bob Dylan said, “I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s Farm no more”, we’re not sure he had a chance to see Farmer Maggie in action, growing her herbs and heirlooms for home gardens across Southeastern Wisconsin. A former Information Systems Analyst, Maggie in 1999 took her love of herb, vegetable, and flower gardening to the next level and soon after retirement, moved with her husband to their dream “hobby farm” in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. This “hobby farm” now extends across 10 acres with three vegetable plots, …

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Grow Your Own Ark of Taste Garden

Grow Your Own Ark of Taste Garden

Slow Food WiSE is very excited to offer an Ark of Taste Vegetable Set ready to plant in your own home garden. Enjoy the best of the season at the peak of ripeness all summer long.   

The Slow Food Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By growing and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates.  

Slow Food WiSE has selected a set of 6 regional vegetable plants that are well suited …

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Our Local Gardener

Our Local Gardener

Wading through the endless rows of plants and flowers at Weber’s Greenhouses, there are several things that are hard to miss: Franz, his jovial dog and sidekick, Basil, and the feelings of energy and anticipation that pulse through a place brimming with so much new life. Franz Weding has operated Weber’s Greenhouses for roughly four years, though the business was first established in 1931. His mission is simple and sincere: to grow healthy plants from non-GMO seeds, in a safe and natural way, free of harmful pesticides …

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Composting and Rainwater Harvesting in the City

Composting and Rainwater Harvesting in the City

Ahead of the City of Milwaukee’s compost bin and rain barrel truckload sale, DPW Recycling Assistant Becky Curtis shares some great ways that composting and rainwater harvesting help the environment, our wallets, and our community.

As warm weather moves in, our thoughts turn to lush gardens filled with fresh produce and yards full of beautiful flowers. Where does it all start? Healthy soil and water, of course! Composting and rainwater harvesting are great ways to boost crop and flower yields, conserve resources, reduce waste, and much, …

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Seed Starting

Seed Starting

We all know how easy it can be to drive down to the local garden center and pick up a few “six packs” of tomatoes and petunias to start a home garden. But for many gardeners, the benefits of starting their own seedlings far outweigh this convenience. If you do not already, below are five reasons to consider starting your own plants this year.

1. Selection.

Nurseries tend to only stock a small number of tried-and-true varieties that people are familiar with. ‘Big Boy’ hybrids are often the …

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Taking Care of Your Heritage Apple Trees: The Cold Season

Taking Care of Your Heritage Apple Trees: The Cold Season

For those of you who took home heritage trees this spring, you may be wondering if there’s anything special to do now that winter is approaching.  Here are some tips for the novices out there:

Consider compost–adding a little compost around the trees is a good idea. If you don’t have your own, we can recommend Purple Cow Organic.

Protect–your trees need protection from nibbling mice, voles, and even hungry cats.  If you still have the hardware cloth the trees came with, keep it on. …

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The Farm in My Backyard

The Farm in My Backyard

A Retrospective

After visiting a few farms this year, I felt inspired. I wanted to get in touch with my “inner farmer,” on the assumption that she existed. On each farm, whether urban or countryside, I felt peace on the property, a desire for natural growth, for the nourishment of animals and plants in a healthy way. There was a “oneness” to the way the farmers saw the soil, animals, plants, and the cycle of the sun and seasons. I wondered, “would it be possible to …

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