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Sphinx Moth: A Hummingbird Imposter

Is it a moth or a bird? Hummingbird moths are fantastic imposters. Writer Jill Sisson Quinn reflects on the moths flitting about her yard.

Jill Sisson Quinn is a nature writer and teacher in Central Wisconsin.

Photo: Usually Melancholy

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Food Pantry Garden:

When you think of food pantries, a leafy garden bursting with fresh vegetables probably doesn’t spring to mind. But a unique program puts food pantry clients in the field — literally.

The food pantry garden is run by the Middleton Outreach Ministry, outside Madison.

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End of Season in the Garden:

It’s officially fall and with the changing leaves and warm days and cool nights comes the bittersweet end to the gardening season. Commentator John Hildebrand reflects on the fate of his own vegetable garden in this transitional time.

John Hildebrand teaches English at the UW-Eau Claire and is the author of three books, including A Northern Front.

Photo by garden beth.

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Immigrant Plants:

Many of the herbs and vegetables in our summer gardens are European immigrants. They came to Wisconsin as seeds and cuttings along with the people that came to call Wisconsin home in the 19th century. Old World Wisconsin’s historic gardener Marcia Carmichael tells us about a few of these world traveling plants.

Commentator Marcia Carmichael is the historic gardener at Old World Wisconsin and the author of Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin’s Early Settlers.

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Historic Gardens

August is a time of abundance in the vegetable garden.  Many of these plants came to Wisconsin with our 19th century Yankee settlers and European immigrants. The plants our ancestors grew tell stories about their way of life and culinary traditions. Commentator Marcia Carmichael introduces us to some of the heirloom plants in the recreated ethnic gardens at Old World Wisconsin.

Commentator Marcia Carmichael is the historic gardener at Old World Wisconsin and the author of Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin’s Early Settlers.

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