Flea Market this Saturday!

Newsletter 31 – Thursday, September 15, 2016


Cottage Grove location open

Mon-Fri 9-6
Sat & Sun 9-5

Edgerton location open

Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:30-5:00
Sun 9-4

Lady’s Story – Chapter 9

Lady wearing her new goggles

"The best thing about these goggles is the x-ray vision"

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Hi everybody!  Gosh, nobody guessed my nickname!   I was flying high with excitement thinking that someone would take one look at me in my goggles and just know it.  My mom said since no one guessed it we had to run the contest for another week.  This time we’re going to give you a clue or two or three…


A few people guessed Snoopy (as in the Red Baron), which is really pretty cool, but, hey, I’m a GIRL!  So, please go back to the hangar and try again! 

I’m the first ‘Lady’ to cross my backyard in goggles.

I jump so high to catch a ball I almost disappear into the clouds (In my opinion, anyway!)

Have fun!


The prize for Lady’s contest is this wonderful Green Bay Packer green-n-gold glow-in-the dark dog leash!  Please send your guess to Shirley at abfscimino@yahoo.com.  The FIRST correct entry received will win the leash.  All entries must be received by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, September 20th.  Good luck!

Leash displayed by our lovely model

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Flea Market this Saturday

September 17th, 9-3

East side of a past flea market

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The west side of a past year’s flea market

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Flea market fanatics don’t always know exactly what they’re looking for, but they sure know when they’ve found it!

Want to look for treasures, without the hassle of searching far and wide? Then search no more, and come to our fantastic flea market this Saturday, September 17 from 9-3. It’s conveniently compact, so there’s no need to make a long journey to see everything. We’re bringing together vendors with all sorts of fun stuff. You just never know what kind of treasures you’ll find, so it’s always worth a look. Plus it’s a great way to enjoy a nice day in the country! Hope to see you there!

Our last flea market for the year is October 15. If you’d like to sign up to be a vendor, please check out our Flea Market Vendor Information.

We still have booths available for this Saturday’s flea market.  If you decide at the last minute that you’d like to participate just arrive here at 8:00 a.m. Your booth must be set up and ready at the 9:00 start time.

Ever Wonder?
What do gardeners do after they retire?

Rose Winterization Class

September 17th, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Learn how to get your roses ready for winter this free rose winterization class! Rose expert Sharon Stickford will discuss several rose winterization methods for different rose varieties. She’ll also provide tips and techniques to help roses come back strong, healthy and beautiful.

Learn how to create a Spring Bulb Garden

September 17th, 11-Noon

Plant a bulb garden this fall to avoid springtime regret! Learn how to create a stunning display at this free bulb gardening class. Perennial manager Margaret Elmore will discuss soil preparation, fertilization, planting location, planting depth and mulching. She’ll also cover how to prune spent blooms and various ways to prevent wildlife from damaging bulbs.

You’ll leave this class knowing how to plan and plant a beautiful spring bulb garden just in time for fall planting!

20% Off Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs

This week, all perennials, trees and shrubs are now 20% off!

Have you been thinking about making some changes to your landscape?  If so, now is a great time to make it happen AND save money! 

This is the beginning of our progressive sale, in which the percentage off increases by 10% each week. Take advantage of this sale now for more selection and to allow plants more time to become established before winter.

The following is just a snippet of what you can choose from:

  • Shrubs – ninebark, spirea, weigela, cotoneaster, pussy willow, dappled willow
  • Vine – silver leaf vine, sweet autumn clematis
  • Trees – lilac ivory silk, burr oak, northern red oak
  • Perennials – ferns, grasses, sedge, sedums, iris, daylily, penstemon

Stop out soon to get the best selection available!

This offer excludes mums and asters and is not valid on previous purchases or custom orders. There will be no warranty on plants purchased at 40% off or more.

All Fruit Trees 50% Off

All remaining fruit trees are 50% off.  Plant now for your very own private supply of fresh fruit for years to come.

The pessimist may be right in the long run,
but the optimist has a better time during the trip!

Scarecrow Days

Scarecrow days are starting this Saturday! From September 17 through October 16, come in between 10-4 Saturday & Sunday, or 10-4:30 Monday-Friday, and we’ll have a staff member available to assist you in making your very own, one-of-a-kind scarecrow.  You get to do most of the building, and we provide everything you need. And we’ll clean up the mess!

Each scarecrow kit contains a wooden frame, a square of burlap for the head, strings for tying, and a variety of felt faces to choose from, as well as plenty of straw for stuffing the body. We have clothes and hats for purchase at garage sale prices, or you’re welcome to bring your own.

This is a fun time for children and adults alike, as you use your creativity to create a character that is cute, scary, silly, or whatever you choose! You can make a traditional scarecrow with overalls and a straw hat, dress them in your favorite sports team attire, or glitz them up for a fancy party. You can even dress them in a Halloween costume which opens the door for all kinds of possibilities. Let your imagination run wild and just have fun!

This is a great time for the whole family or any group! Please call ahead (608)222-2269 for a group of 6 or more people to ensure we have enough staff to help.

Ever Wonder?
Why do we sing ’Take me out to the ball game’, when we are already there?

Fall Bulbs Are Here!

Note: May cause sudden inexplicable skipping, hopping and odd European accents

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Picture it: Wisconsin… March… It’s been a long, cold winter. You’ve been cooped up for months and it’s hard to remember what it’s like to breathe in fresh air that doesn’t hurt your lungs. You’re just craving to see color outside, so when the snow melts and you finally see the first signs of spring, it is glorious! Crocuses burst through the ground, warming your heart. Then daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips! Suddenly there’s color everywhere, and with it comes sheer delight and excitement! It takes a little planning and preparation to have a truly amazing spring flower show in your yard, so make your future-self happy by planting bulbs this fall.

A stunning selection of tulips, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, alliums, and dwarf irises just arrived! There are several varieties to choose from and they’re oh so easy to plant. Though it’s not time to plant bulbs just yet, you’ll want to get them early for the best selection. Don’t miss the opportunity to prepare a fantastic spring display for next year. You’ll be happy you did!

A man got hit in head with a can of Coke, but he was alright because it was a soft drink.

Fertilize Bulbs for Better Blooms

Espoma Bulb Tone

Espoma Bulb Tone

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Don’t forget the Bulb-tone! Whenever you plant bulbs, be sure to add a dose of Espoma Bulb-tone to the surrounding soil. It’s a natural fertilizer derived from organic ingredients and provides all the nutrients necessary for healthy bulb plants and flowers. Like any good natural fertilizer, it breaks down and releases nutrients gradually, so the plant has time to take it up as it grows. It also contains a blend of microbes that are vital to plant health and facilitate nutrient uptake.

Bulb-tone is also a good fertilizer for established bulb plants to give them a boost. Check the back of the package for the recommended amount to use and just work into the top few inches of soil. This is best done in the fall, to avoid damaging new growth.

Mums, Asters & Pansies

Mums, asters and pansies love cool weather!   We grow our mums and asters outside (to make them hardier) in deep pots resulting in large plants with incredible bud count.

Our fields are overflowing with early, mid and late blooming mums in many shades of white, yellow, gold, bronze, red, burgundy, lavender, purple and tri-color.

Mix a few mums and pansies with our colorful asters for a burst of vibrant fall colors.  Add in a few cabbage, kale, Swiss chard and/or fountain grass for an endless number of unique combinations.

Did you know that the bright and colorful pansy can tough out the cold while other flowers just shrivel up?  They are classic beauties and just one of the many fall favorites that are cold-tolerant.  (Cold-tolerant meaning they can survive to a temperature as low as 20 degrees or so.)

Q: What do you call a bear with no teeth?
A: a gummy bear!

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 17

Flea Market

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 17

Rose Winterization Class

9:30am – 10:30am

Sat, Sep 17 – Sun, Oct 16

Scarecrow Days

Bring family and friends out to build one-of-a-kind scarecrow(s). Sept 17th-Oct 16th, M-F 10-4:30/ Sat-Sun 10-4

Sat, Sep 17

Learn how to Create a Spring Bulb Garden

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sat, Sep 24

It’s For the Birds

10:00 am – 11:00 am Bird Feeder Seminar presented by Prince Corp.

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

A few weeks ago, I was craving bran muffins. I wanted something better than the pre-made mix, so I set out to make them myself and found this simple recipe. Easy enough, right? Little did I realize as a non-baker, I needed to get just about every ingredient, and gathering the ingredients was most of the work! I was scouring the isles of Woodman’s for probably a half an hour looking for wheat bran before I finally found it.

Luckily, making this recipe was super easy and made up for the time spent searching. These muffins turned out awesome! Simple and delicious. They tasted perfect, but I think I’ll make them a little healthier next time by cutting down on the sugar a bit without sacrificing flavor.

It’s probably a good thing I didn’t know baking was so easy before now. I’m thinking it’s kind of dangerous that I have a whole container of baking powder I need to use up!

Simple Raisin Bran Muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.

2. Mix together wheat bran and buttermilk; let stand for 10 minutes.

3. Beat together oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and add to buttermilk/bran mixture. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir flour mixture into buttermilk mixture, until just blended. Fold in raisins and spoon batter into prepared muffin tins.

4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!