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.
Categories: SUSTAINABLE FOOD