Earth Day!


Fri. Apr. 19, 2019

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Happy Earth Day!  Of all the things we celebrate… Earth Day belongs!

Van Gogh said “if you truly love nature you’ll see beauty everywhere”.  It’s true, even the weeds can be pretty amazing, growing out of pavement. You can’t see an ounce of soil but those weeds don’t give up, life doesn’t give up!

Think of all the bounty!

The trees that offer us shelter, warmth and some really tasty maple syrup, as well as a  … [Continue reading]

Small space vegetables


Thu. Apr. 18, 2019

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Rejoice!  There are lots of vegetables for growing in small spaces!  Tomatoes and peppers are some of the most widely grown vegetables and there are some dandy choices for those small growing spaces.

‘Sungold’, ‘Sweet Million’, ‘Power Pops’…. are just a few of the tasty cherry tomatoes.  Be sure to plant them in containers that are a MINIMUM 8 inches deep.  Plastic pots are are fine, just be sure there are holes in the bottom  … [Continue reading]

Say Yes to the Sedum and a few other easy care perennials


Wed. Apr. 17, 2019

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Easy care perennials, ya sure you betcha!  Actually there are plenty of perennials more amiable than others. Of course, there are the natives.

 A new, not new, Sedum from Prairie Moon is in stock this year after being out for several. They’ve brought it back.  It’s called ‘Widows Cross’  At just 6 inches tall, it’s an early bloomer that pollinators love!

 Sedum aka Stonecrop, is at the top of the list of forgiving  … [Continue reading]

Garden tool prep and pruning out damage


Tue. Apr. 16, 2019

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If you’re soil is just too soggy (or still snow-covered), consider garden tool prep.  At least lovingly tending to the tools gets us closer to the garden!  Take some steel wool to those trowels, a file to your pruners and examine tools for any repair or, perhaps replacement!

Speaking of pruners, you can prune out dead or damaged branches.  With the winter we’ve experienced you may find plenty of that in  … [Continue reading]

Of Pollinators and Plants


Mon. Apr. 15, 2019

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I just recently spoke about pollinators and plants at a Home & Garden Show.  Of course, bees get the buzz, as well they should as they are the most efficient pollinators.  

Honey bees in particular because they can be packed up and carted to commercial growers for pollinate, for instance, almond trees in California.

But nearly everything is a pollinator to a certain degree.  Butterflies are probably next on the list. Though inadvertent pollinators,  … [Continue reading]

Low mow – no mow grass


Fri. Apr. 12, 2019

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Mowing season will, hopefully, be upon us…   This is the Winter that never ends!  However, if mowing isn’t your bag or you have a slope you’d rather not deal with, then consider Eco Grass.

Prairie Moon Nursery offers a blend of fine-leaved fescue grasses as an alternative to an energy-intensive conventional turf lawn. I’m not getting paid to talk about Eco-Grass, but want to share with you this option for a low  … [Continue reading]

Melons for cold climates


Thu. Apr. 11, 2019

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Melons are warm season plants to the extreme. Raise your hand if you’ve tried growing melons and got nowhere!  

Days to harvest is REAL important here along with full sun and space. When I say full sun I’m talking a minimum of 8 hours of direct sunlight.

Recommended cultivars for watermelon include ‘Sugar Baby’ at 79 days to harvest and ‘Blacktail Mountain’ at 70 days to harvest.  

As for cantelope, try ‘Minnesota Midget’.    … [Continue reading]

Soil – the Foundation of Life


Wed. Apr. 10, 2019

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I know, I know, I’m talking about soil again!  I do, because it IS the foundation of life!  From dust to dust!

Soil  holds the keys to a plant’s ability to take up nutrients, water and oxygen.  Soil also acts as a filter for rainwater, cleaning it as it makes it’s way into our aquifers.   If you prepare your garden beds, you give your plants the best chance to, not only survive,  … [Continue reading]

Soil testing


Tue. Apr. 9, 2019

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If you really want to get down and dirty, get a soil test. Well, as soon as the soil is warm and dry enough to grab samples!

 

I know you’ve heard me say this before, but as we begin our planting season, it’s one of the best things you can do for your plants and yourself.  

The University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin will give you a comprehensive report on what your soil  … [Continue reading]

Lawn spots – Fido, Fifi or Snow mold


Mon. Apr. 8, 2019

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After one wicked winter, we’re warming up, flood waters are hopefully receding for most folks and the frost is moving out!  As we lumber out into our lawns, carefully, we may find what’s left behind by our dogs…

Urine and your lawn don’t get along. You can buy a lawn repair kit at most garden centers or you can mix your own. The best grass seed is a mix of  … [Continue reading]