Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Glad for gladiolas
The gladiolas are blooming and I’m thrilled.
I bought mine at a big box store after walking by and seeing this gorgeous purple and white beauty staring at me! Yes, it was an impulse buy and I’m so GLAD I did!!
My dad loved gladiolas, they have such an old-world, cottage charm. While they are in the Iris family, their multiple flowers blooming on what looks like a sword, differ in look at height.
For … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: A grass for butterflies
I’m on a grass kick this week! ‘Eyelash’ grass won’t replace a manicured lawn but it sure attracts butterflies! That’s what the University of Minnesota Extension says. Blue Grama grass, which sounds funny itself, is a native grass that goes by a few other names including ‘eyelash’, ‘mosquito’ and ‘caterpillar’ grass because of its golden sails at the tip of its stems.
Extension Horticulturist, Mary Meyer, says this is one tough short grass. … [Continue reading]
Hello garden peeps! My intern, Gracie and I got to tour Connie Erickson’s gardens after she shared the process of raising and releasing monarch butterflies. Take a peek below!
I am fortunate to live just about a block and a half away from Connie Erickson! She is our neighborhood’s Monarch Mama aka Monarch Whisperer! In this Garden Bite episode she shares with us the process of raising and releasing this magnificent Monarch. Check the links at the end of the video for further information! MonarchWatch and MonarchLab
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Lawn alternatives
I talked about overseeding your lawn and what types of grass seed there is. Today, let’s talk about alternatives to lawns. You know about my mostly clover lawn…
…but there are other options out there that can provide that grassy look without the chemicals and water consumption of the typical American lawn.
Pennsylvania sedge has fine textured leaves, a 6? height with a creeping habit.
Prairie Nursery in Wisconsin says it’s good in dry soils in … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Types of grass seed for your lawn
We talked about overseeding your lawn but what’s the best mix for you? Depends!
There are blends and there are mixtures. A blend is the same type of grass but different cultivars. A mix has 2 maybe 3 different varieties of grasses for cultural diversity, for lawns that have differing sun/shade conditions and climate zone. The best recommendation is to figure out what you’ve got and then go to your local … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Overseeding your lawn
While I advocate diversity in my yard, including the sweet smelling clover, there are plenty of people that want a lawn. So, for you folks, the best defense against weeds is a lush lawn.
Mid August to mid-September is the BEST time to overseed your lawn. The soil is warm, so seeds germinate quickly, The temps, in theory, should be starting to cool and getting perfect for growing grass. Notice in the photo below the … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Got clay? Why it’s not a bad thing
There are many gardeners who have clay soil. Most lament that fact but I have some good news for you…Proven Winners says you can learn to love it, it just takes a bit of knowledge and a bit of elbow grease. What IS clay soil? It’s sticky and absorbs water slowly, when it dries out it can be crusty, lumpy and hardpacked, oh and the top layer can be … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Drought tolerant flowers
It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s summer in full bloom and we’re looking for a few good flowers! Those that are pest resistant, drought resistant and bloom all summer long…. That’s a tall order, however, the Heliopsis is up to the challenge!
This flower, also known as False Sunflower, sunflower heliopsis and smooth oxeye is also cold hardy to zone 3… Oh and did I mention it’s a native prairie plant? There are also many cultivars. … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: A new invasive bug on the loose
I was just talking about the Viburnum shrub last week and all the various species and cultivars. And, unfortunately today, I’m talking about an invasive beetle that attacks viburnum plants.
It’s been confirmed in Minnesota for the first time. The Minnesota DNR says the viburnum leaf beetle somehow “hitched a ride from outside Minnesota” and found its way to the Twin Cities.
It’s hard to nail down exactly how it got … [Continue reading]