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Due to COVID 19, all library programs have been cancelled through summer. Check frequently for webinars and fall programs to be posted on this page. 

 

Educational Webinars

JAPANESE BEETLES 101

An In-Depth Look at a Top Yard & Garden Pest

Japanese Beetles are the number one pest plaguing yards and gardens across Wisconsin right now!  P.J. Liesch, Director of the UW Madison Insect Diagnostics Lab, will present everything homeowners need to know about this pest via YouTube.

Join us as we take an in-depth look at Japanese beetles—a major yard and garden pest in the Midwest. The history of this insect and its biology and life cycle will be discussed as well as management approaches to help protect plants in your own yard and garden.

Watch now: JAPANESE BEETLES

SECRET SAUCE TO MORE TOMATOES

Upgrade your tomato skills beyond sticking plants in the ground and hoping for the best. Tips and tricks for warding off disease, dealing with pests, trellising, and saving seeds for next year. This presentation was led by Debra Schneider, a Southeastern Wisconsin Master Gardener. 

Watch Here: Tomato Growing Tips

Resources: https://www.waukeshacountygreenteam.org/permaculture-gardening (They are listed under the heading:  Permaculture and Gardening Group Handouts and Resources, about half-way down the page)

VIRTUAL GARDEN WALK

Miss the garden walks that happen in summer? Here’s a germ-free version. Our Virtual Garden Walk tours the gardens of three local Master Gardeners. See breathtaking gardens, get inspired, and learn some tricks.

Watch Here: Virtual Garden Walk

DESIGNING WITH HOSTA

Tammy's Hostas

The American Hosta Society held its first-ever virtual event, Hosta Talk. Tammy Borden presented “Designing with Hosta” and shared about some design challenges such as using hosta in sun or dealing with root competition, along with design principles that could help you create a show-stopping garden.

Watch now:
Designing with Hosta

POLLINATORS

In this presentation you’ll learn about the importance of pollinators. First we’ll learn about Wisconsin bee species and their important ecological role, then we’ll learn about strategies on how to protect them, and then we’ll wrap up with a discussion on selecting trees that bees and other pollinators love.

🐞 PJ Liesch, Director, UW-Madison, Insect Diagnostics Laboratory
🐝 Christelle Guedot, Associate Professor, UW-Madison Department of Entomology
🌿 Laura Jull, Associate Professor, UW-Madison Horticulture Department

Watch this interesting webinar: POLLINATORS

WEEDS: IDENTIFY & CONTROL

Identify common weeds in your lawn and garden and get some tips for controlling them with Master Gardener Tom Wentzel.

Watch here: WEEDS: Identify and Control

SHADE GARDENING

Shady spots in your yard, such as under a tree or on the north side of a building, can be a challenge. Master Gardener Kathy Baum explains how you can best utilize these spaces and explore plants that will thrive.

Watch the presentation: SHADE GARDENING

COMPOSTING

North Country Master Gardener Volunteers held a Zoom presentation Wenesday, June 17, so if you missed it, check out the handouts and PDF of the presentation: Presentation PDF Slides & Handouts

Composting is where it all begins.  Learn the basics of composting to enrich your soil to benefit the plants you nurture whether they are flowers or vegetables. The program covers the benefits of composting, ingredients for a compost pile, the types of compost bins, and how to use the finished compost.

CONTAINER GARDENING

North Country Master Gardener Volunteers held a Zoom presentation Thursday, May 14, so if you missed it, check out the handouts and PDF of the presentation: Presentation PDF Slides & Handouts

With the right soil, light, and nutrients, almost anything can grow in almost any container. Learn how to grow perennials, annuals, and vegetables in containers and which types are best. Containers are a must for small spaces and can also be used when you have less than ideal soil conditions. This program will identify the advantages of various types of containers, the plant varieties that do best, and the maintenance required to get the best results. 

JUMPING WORMS

For those of you who were unable to watch the Jumping Worm webinar live, see below for the link to the recording. Thanks to Steve Lankton with the Manitowoc Master Gardeners and Brad Herrick, presenter, for sharing with us.

Duration 1 hr 28 min 13 sec • Recording password: cDN8US4m

Jumping Worm Webinar

These videos are referenced in the webinar. Two show movement of the jumping worms when disturbed. The other shows a jumping worm dropping its tail.

Dance!

Wiggle Worms!

Tail Drop

POLLINATORS IN THE COAL MINE

Dr. Shannon Davis-Foust presented “Pollinators in the Coal Mine” back in April 2020.
 
Pollinator decline is a complicated story. Factors that affect honey bees also have an impact on native pollinators, possibly even to a greater extent. Shannon will discuss what these factors are and what we can do in our own gardens to boost the pollinator population.
 
Shannon is an active member of Wild ones and additionally has over 15 years of experience teaching environmental topics. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Shannon is an avid gardener, wildlife watcher, and beekeeper, and has a Ph.D. in Ecology emphasizing Natural Resource Management from UW Milwaukee.

If you missed the original presentation, you can find it on Kimberly/Little Chute Libraries’ YouTube Channel – here:

Pollinators in the Coal Mine Presentation