Earth Day

Fri. Apr. 20, 2018

Click below to listen to my 2 min Garden Bite radio show:  Earth Day

Earth day is Sunday and I was thinking about all the things we celebrate; Presidents birthdays, St. Patricks day, April Fools day, Halloween.  What a great idea it was to set aside a day to celebrate our incredibly beautiful planet!

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  … [Continue reading]

Small space vegetables

Thu. Apr. 19, 2018

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Sweet, delicious and adorable!  That could describe a lot of things but on Garden Bite, it’s a description of a perfect little pepper for your patio.  I’m talking small space vegetables today!  Keep in mind… Container plants need more water simply because their roots are “contained” and can’t reach out for more, but don’t overwater or your plant will get root rot.   Use a good soil mix – check Creekside Soils.

‘Jungle Parrot’ pepper … [Continue reading]

Largest public garden in Upper Midwest celebrates 60 years, vies to stay the reigning champion

Wed. Apr. 18, 2018

I don’t generally post things like this, but the MN Landscape Arboretum is an absolute gem.  I have been visiting these gardens since 1990 and have been a member off and on since that time.  I’ve traipsed through nearly every part and discover new things all the time.  Their plant sale was a must for me when I lived closer…  If you ever have the opportunity to go, please don’t hesitate!  It’s beautiful at every season.  You’ll also be able to view mature trees/shrubs/perennials/natives and some wonderful annuals!  Teri

Vote  … [Continue reading]

Easy care perennials (mostly easy)

Wed. Apr. 18, 2018

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Easy care perennials, ya sure you betcha!  Actually there are plenty of perennials more amiable than others.  Sedum aka Stonecrop, is at the top of the list of forgiving plants.

a couple of sedum varieties and creeping jenny

And there are a lot of different varieties, nearly 500!  I have several myself, they’re great for groundcovers all the way to the large ‘Autumn Joy’, which you, pretty much, can’t kill, you can sure give  … [Continue reading]

Garden tool prep and pruning out damage

Tue. Apr. 17, 2018

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If you’re soil is just too soggy, 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!

Clean tools

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]

Itching to garden but shoveling snow not soil

Mon. Apr. 16, 2018

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I’ve never seen so many people so ready for Spring to actually get here!  The itch is real and it’s not from mosquitoes!  So, I guess we got that going for us!  Then we had one warm day and I was attacked by these…

I don’t know what they are but there were hundreds of them!

Our highs for most of the Upper Midwest are supposed to be in the  … [Continue reading]

Annual plant wishing list

Fri. Apr. 13, 2018

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It’s Friday!  It’s been warmer!  I’ve been yakking about soil all week, let’s talk about what we can PLANT in that soil!

There’s a new Baby’s Breath out there.  I mentioned it earlier but this one bares repeating!  AND, I promise, it’s not the one on the noxious weed list, that’s Gypsophila paniculata!

Gypsophila muralis ‘Gypsy White Improved’ does best under cool and bright conditions (sound familiar for our weather!) but will tolerate  … [Continue reading]

Soil – the Foundation of Life

Thu. Apr. 12, 2018

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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  … [Continue reading]

Soil testing

Wed. Apr. 11, 2018

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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!   It is one of the best thing you can do for your plants and yourself.  The University of Minnesota , the University of Wisconsin  and NDSU will give you a comprehensive report on what your soil consists of.

Here’s an example of the form from the U of  … [Continue reading]

Early Spring lawn chores

Tue. Apr. 10, 2018

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It will warm up, it will warm up, it will warm up!  I feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, only I have on GREEN shoes to click!  You checked your frost depths yesterday, right?

Today, let’s talk about what we WILL see if we have dogs.  Urine and your lawn don’t get along.

dog pee spots
the beautiful culprit!

You can buy a lawn repair kit at most garden centers or  … [Continue reading]