Green Team

Green Team

Call to Veterans! Join the Green Team

Join us for personal enrichment and camaraderie each week at the Teaching Garden outside the Veterans Services office at 212 River Dr in Wausau.

There’s no cost for participation and no registration.  Drop in program- join us when you can!
Questions? Email janell.wehr@wisc.edu

This summer we will work through Romaine Calm and Garden On, a introductory gardening course from 5-6. From 6-7 we will put what we’ve learned to practice. Romaine Calm and Garden On is a 12-session gardening series, designed to give beginning gardeners the skills they need to successfully garden. Experienced gardeners will also gain new perspectives to add to their toolkit of knowledge.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Choose appropriate garden crops and cultivated varieties
  • Plan a garden
  • Improve soil health including composting and fertilizing
  • Planting techniques
  • Insect, disease, weed, and wildlife management techniques
  • Find and use university research-based resources

Questions? Email Janell Wehr at janell.wehr@wisc.edu


May 18

Session 1: Choosing plants and cultivars

In this session, participants will learn the required site considerations for gardens, as well as steps needed to create a planting plan. We will cover which crops and cultivars are best suited for Wisconsin gardens, choosing crops that are cost effective, and how to determine the best time to plant. We’ll also discover 4 techniques for building planting beds.


May 25

Session 2: Map it out! Making planting maps

In this session, participants will learn how crop rotation can reduce diseases and pests while improving soil health. They will also learn how to apply their garden plan to their garden map, keeping mind spacing, heights, and successive, sequential, and crop rotation techniques.


June 1

Session 3: From the ground up! Soil, compost, and fertilizer

In this session, we’ll learn the basics of soil texture and how pH affects nutrient availability in the soil. We’ll cover the benefits of adding compost to sandy and clay soils, and how to get started with composting this spring. We’ll also learn about fertilizers and how primary nutrients (NPK) affect plant growth.


June 8

Session 4: Dig in! Planting the garden

In this session, we’ll take the mystery out of deciding which seeds to start indoors, when to plant seeds indoors, and techniques to sowing seeds outdoors. We’ll also cover key factors you need to consider when adding transplants to your garden.


June 15

Session 5: Small garden, big harvest!

This session’s topic is gardening in small spaces. We’ll cover choosing the most appropriate varieties, containers, and growing media, as well as proper watering and fertilizing. We’ll also learn specific techniques for intensive planting, container, square foot, straw bale, and vertical gardening.


June 22

Session 6: Intro to pest management

In this session, we will cover the concepts and components of integrated pest management. Participants will learn a variety of pest management methods and when to use chemical management techniques. Participants will compare synthetic and organic chemical products, understand signal words on pesticide labels, and learn the importance of reading pesticide labels.


June 29

Session 7: Bug off! Insect management

In this session, we apply our pest management skills to insects. Participants will learn why knowing an insect’s life cycle is important to pest management, connect types of insect damage to different insect mouthparts, and distinguish between beneficial and harmful insects. Participants will also learn how to connect to UW-Madison Extension resources for insect identification.


July 15

Session 8: Break the cycle! Effective disease management

In this session, we apply our pest management skills to diseases. Participants will learn about the five major causes of plant diseases, the three factors required for disease and how to use this knowledge in disease management. Learn how to differentiate a disease sign and a disease symptom. We’ll make the connection between improper watering techniques and diseases. Participants will also learn how to connect with UW-Madison Extension resources for disease diagnosis.


July 21

Session 9: Managing weeds in the garden

In this session, we apply our pest management skills to weeds. Participants will learn characteristics of weeds, and weed management methods. They will then learn how to apply these methods to different types of weeds based on their lifecycle or classification. Participants will learn how to effectively use herbicides when appropriate.


July 27

Session 10: Protecting plants from wildlife and weather

In this session, we learn how to protect our gardens from wildlife and weather. Participants will learn how to apply wildlife management concepts of randomness and diversity, as well as specific management techniques to protect plants from wildlife and extend the growing season.


August 3rd

Session 11: Fall primer: Harvest, clean-up, and your wellbeing

In this session, we cover safe harvest and storage of garden vegetables and how to prepare their garden beds for winter. We’ll also learn how gardening can improve our health.


August 10

Session 12: Your UW-Madison Resources

In this session, we discover UW-Madison resources available to support your gardening success. We will also have an opportunity to answer questions on gardening topics covered in this series.

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