Adaptive gardening


Fri. Dec. 13, 2019

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There’s no better stress reliever than to play in the dirt!  I have often taken for granted my ability to move through my gardens easily.  Oh maybe my knees give me a little trouble now and then, but I can bend down and pluck a weed or snip a flower with ease.  Other gardeners can’t.

The other day I was browsing the National Garden Bureau site and found an article on Adaptive Gardening by Toni Gattone.  … [Continue reading]

The story of the Poinsettia – Flowers of the Holy Night


Thu. Dec. 12, 2019

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Happy National Poinsettia Day!

The Poinsettia is a native of Mexico, where it grows like a weed and can reach 10 feet tall.  Mexican legend holds that the leaves, shaped like the star of Bethlehem, first bloomed red for a poor girl who wanted to bring a gift to the manger scene at the local church but had no money.  Her cousin, who walked to the church  … [Continue reading]

Knock it off?


Wed. Dec. 11, 2019

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 Should I knock it off or not?  That is the question some folks in the northland ask when faced with snow and ice covering their conifers and other shrubs and trees. 

When our timbers are shivering, our first instinct is to knock that stuff off, set the branches free, however, you might do more harm than good.  And put your own safety at risk.

The ice that can encapsulate those branches is beautiful but is  … [Continue reading]

A low salt diet for our roads


Tue. Dec. 10, 2019

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22 inches of snow in Duluth! Yowza… Well it’s definitely plow time! Road treatments and sidewalk treatments are important for public safety. However…

Did you know that one teaspoon of salt pollutes 5 gallons of water? Neither did I!   From the MN Pollution Control Agency – what sodium chloride does 

A friend of mine, Sonya Goins, reported this story a few years back. Same good information to know!

An estimated 365,000  … [Continue reading]

Oh deer!


Mon. Dec. 9, 2019

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Oh, those beautiful Bambis.  Have you ever looked a deer in the eyes?  Those big brown beauties seem to apologize for destroying your perennials, your trees, your shrubs?  Oh, such a love/hate relationship with deer.

Short of hunting in your backyard, what seems to work?  An electric fence comes to mind but that’s rather impractical and expensive.  So are other fencing options. Kinda Ugly too. Some people swear by Irish Spring.  Hanging bits of soap at  … [Continue reading]

Spotlight on New Jersey Tea and Winterberry Holly


Fri. Dec. 6, 2019

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 I wanted to highlight a little native shrub that is super tolerant of some lousy conditions as well as being a butterfly and hummingbird magnet.  New Jersey Tea is also recognized for being a native bee magnet too.

The shrub is a larval host for Spring Azure, Summer Azure, Mottled Duskywing butterflies. Turkeys and quail consume seeds. New Jersey Tea is part of the buckthorn family BUT, it’s not the  … [Continue reading]

Gardener gifts 2.0


Thu. Dec. 5, 2019

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 It’s not too late!  To tell your loved ones what the gardener in their life wants for Christmas!  Tools, an essential part of gardening! This is the gift to spend the extra dollars for quality.  You won’t regret it.

One of the top tools is the Hori Hori Japanese gardening knife.  Hori means “digging” in Japanese. This knife has been called the MacGuyver of gardening tools.  A brand that comes highly recommended at a reasonable  … [Continue reading]

The benefits of bats and birds


Wed. Dec. 4, 2019

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While some may scoff, bats have benefits.  You may not feel that way as you battle one inside your bedroom, however, before killing it, capture it and set it free.  Then look for the place in the bats are coming in and seal it up!

Take a look at this site, eXtension, to find great information on finding the bat in your house and how to release them.

Bats won’t suck  … [Continue reading]

BEE the change


Tue. Dec. 3, 2019

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In May of this year, the Minnesota Governor signed legislation that set aside $900,000 in financial assistance to individual home owners who are willing to install pollinator-friendly native plantings. Yowza. As a taxpayer, I’m not sure where that money is coming from but I am happy to have more pollinator plants. The program helps cover up to 75% of the cost of each conversion project, and up to 90% in areas with a “high potential”  … [Continue reading]

Christmas tree care


Mon. Dec. 2, 2019

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The local nurseries are filled with Frasier Firs, Balsams, Pine and Spruce. Ahh, that smell is awesome!

You learned all about the different types of trees last week, which ones are the most fragrant, ones that can hold a lot of ornaments and ones that have those pretty soft needles. Now we need to talk about the CARE of those beauties you brought into your home.

How to care for your tree!

  • Figure out WHERE
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