Winnebago County Happenings

July 2022

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Garlic, C’est Chic

July 2022

Title: Garlic, C’est Chic

Text: Did you plant garlic last fall? Were you one of the people who waited until the first forecast of snow and tucked those cloves in right before the deadline? If yes, you might now be rewarded with a lovely crop. Take the time to harvest your garlic scapes and enjoy them. If you like garlic, these can be tasty grilled or sauteed and added to anything. Pasta, pizza, rice. They have a texture somewhat similar to asparagus when cooked.

Once the scapes have been clipped, begin watching for signs of your garlic being dry enough to harvest. Generally, we pull garlic the week of the 4th of July. Once the first few outer leaves have begun drying, you should be ready to harvest. The garlic will need to finish curing. This can be done in a dry, well ventilated space.

When cured, you might consider making braids for storage, or perhaps clean all the heads and tuck them into a dry, cool spot in your basement/cellar. If cured and stored properly, you can enjoy garlic all year.

Need help with understanding when to harvest or store garlic, or have questions about anything related to plants/gardens/trees? Contact me at You can also call your local extension office if you’d prefer to speak over the phone. Happy harvesting!

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July 7: Registration deadline for Little Miss and Mr.

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Participants requested for upcoming parades

Winnebago County ISU Extension and Outreach is seeking parade walkers for upcoming parades. If you are a current or former Council Member, a 4-H Club Leader, or a 4-H member, please call the office at 641-584-2261 to let us know the parade(s) in which you wish to participate.

Participants will carry banners or throw candy!

July 4th, Scarville Independence Day parade
July 9th, Lake Mills July Jubilee parade
July 16th, Forest City Puckerbrush parade
July 17th, Winnebago County Fair parade
July 30th, Buffalo Center Bison Days parade

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2022 Winnebago County Fairbook is here!

Winnebago County Fair News and Dates

+ May 15 - IDs due

+ June 1 - Fair Entry opens

+ June 15 - Poultry/Rabbit IDs due

+ July 1 - Fair Entry closes

+ July 14-17 - Winnebago County Fair

Winnebago County fair website

Save the Date, August 4th: Women, Land, and Legacy Meeting

Worth County and Winnebago County Extension and Outreach offices are partnering to bring you a Women, Land, and Legacy meeting.

When: Thursday, August 4

Time: 5:15 - 7:30 pm

Where: Ole's Office in Lake Mills

Topic: Cash Rent Value, Loss and Returns, and Farmland Value

Participants will receive a free catered meal starting at 5:15.

The speaker will begin at 6:00 pm, Q and A will be from 7:00 - 7:30 pm.

Please call the Winnebago County Extension office to make your reservation.


Winnebago County Extension and Outreach

Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9:00am-4:30pm

Friday: CLOSED