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Ask the Experts (incl USDA Zone Map)

When should you start your seeds in the Spring?  How much water is too much water for your plants?  Why won't your houseplants flower?  What kind of insects are living in your gardens, and are they harmful or helpful?  Which plants are weeds and which plants are flowers?

Are these some of the questions that you think about whenever you work in and around your garden?  Let the Master Gardener volunteers help with answers to your questions.  Within the Outagamie County Master Gardener Association, there are volunteers who have been gardening for 30+ years, with expertise in houseplants, vegetable gardening, herbs, perennials, bulbs, annuals, lawn care, and insect control.

At the UW-Extension office, you'll find Master Gardener volunteers and Extension employees who can answer your questions.  Stop in or call and have a conversation!

Address:  3365 W. Brewster, Appleton

Phone Number: 920-832-5119

Additional information can be obtained from the Wisconsin Horticulture website which covers a wide range of specialties and expertise from soil to trees, water quality to plant health, and every insect in between.

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The Outagamie Master Gardener volunteers have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (with answers) and we invite you to read through the information.  Many of our Master Gardener volunteers specialize in vegetables and one of them, Lucy Valitchka, has provided information about tomatoes in our Fall newsletter in an article entitled 'Ask Lucy' which is excerpted below.

Before doing any planting, you should be aware of the plant's requirements for light and water, and be sure you aren't selecting plants that are recommended for a different planting zone than the one in which you live.  A short informational piece on Proper Plant Section (including Wisconsin Planting Zone map) is also included below.

 USDA Zone Map