This year’s harvest is in full swing, and it’s always a mixed bag of crops that surpass my wildest expectations and others that are a real bust.  I’m hoping to improve my odds next year.  I’ve decided to get the  jump on New Year’s Resolutions and start planning for next year right now.

If you feel the same, the best way to do it here in the Midwest is by ordering your copy of  the 2011 Wisconsin Garden Journal today.

This is a calendar that will keep you focused and inspired throughout the gardening year.  It’s almost like having your own personal Master Gardener Volunteer right there beside you.  (You can organize your non-gardening life in there too, if you want.)

This weekly engagement calendar is geared to help gardeners in Zones 3 to 5 grow great things.  It’s a gorgeous tome filled with color photos of plants that delight and dazzle.  And  it also provides the tools you need to recreate these works of art in your own garden with monthly task lists, timely tips and a planting guide.

Each issue has a theme, and this year’s focus is “Ornamental and Edible Gardens.”  The datebook includes three great articles on how to combine beauty and bounty in your yard.

  • Edible Evolution: Ornamental Edibles at Allen Centennial Gardens by the garden’s director Ed Lyon.
  • Aronia: A Native Shrub That’s Not Just for the Birds! By Shelley Ryan, host of The Wisconsin Gardener television program.
  • Short and Sweet: New Techniques for Backyard Apple Cultivation by  University of Wisconsin Professor Robert Tomesh.

The 16th edition of this handy gardening guide and agenda  is produced by the Madison Area Master Gardeners Association and the proceeds from this dirt-driven datebook make it possible for the MAMGA to donate more than $35,000 to support community gardening in this area.

I got my issue hot off the presses at the last session of my Master Gardener Volunteer training, and I’m not waiting till January to start reading it.

4 replies

  1. Thanks for sharing the news of the newly released 2011 Wisconsin Garden Journal. Our Madison editors outdid themselves on this edition! It is truly a one-of-a-kind journal for gardeners and garden enthusiasts. It can be ordered through our website at http://www.mamgawi.org or you can check out area retailers for a copy–Borders, Jungs, Bruce, Olbrich, Johansen’s.

    • Thank you, Cathy.
      It’s a pleasure to read and write about such a beautiful and useful gardening tool. I hope many gardeners will take advantage of it, and support your good works into the bargain.

  2. Looks like a great book. There is a Master Gardener Association for my area, Texas. Although I did not see a book like this thee is a lot of valuable information and links to even more. Thanks for getting me to think of this. Meanwhile the owls moved out and the hummingbirds have been going after my purple flowers right out side my second floor window.

    • Hi Michael,
      Yes, not every local Master Gardener program makes a calendar like this one. I think it could be put to use by most of the Midwestern states, but might not be so appropriate in Texas. But your organization in Texas will have a lot of information to offer you. They are focused on how to garden successfully in Texas.
      I really recommend their training program. You will learn a TON. It’s a great way to learn more about what to grow and how to best grow it, and also a wonderful instrument of networking with neat people who also love gardening.

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