In memory – Memorial Day and the Poppy


Mon. May. 25, 2020

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Garden Bite would like to thank all those who serve in the United States Military and their families.  We honor those who gave everything.

Today is the day we reflect and remember our Soldiers.  Memorial Day, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union andConfederate soldiers who died.   … [Continue reading]

Container planting


Fri. May. 22, 2020

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Hey there Garden peeps, I know SO many people who, in the season of Covid-19, have been upping their garden game and bought a lot of annuals!

And then they had to be covered! That’s okay, I hope they all made it. I’ve not purchased any annuals as of this writing (May 17) because I saw the forecast!  However, this weekend is gonna be fun!

I created a video on Container plants with tips on root  … [Continue reading]

Tomato and pepper planting


Thu. May. 21, 2020

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I know a lot of folks have already planted tomatoes. We then had a record cold of 26 degrees! BRRRRR……..  while it didn’t last, that did NOT make the tomato plants happy. Peppers like it even warmer.

The ground temperature should be at least 60 degrees for tomatoes and warmer for peppers. There are plenty of soil temp gauges out there, it’s worth your while to pick one up. When planting, be sure to  … [Continue reading]

Some like it wet, some like it dry


Wed. May. 20, 2020

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We talk a lot about sun/shade conditions and soil types but one thing we don’t always check on when pursuing our favorite plants is whether they like dry feet or wet feet.  Some really have a penchant for moist soil.

Siberian Iris are graceful yet tough perennials that thrive in moist to wet soil, and they’ll form large clumps that bloom heavily after the first year.   For most prolific bloom,  … [Continue reading]

Watering newly planted trees and shrubs


Tue. May. 19, 2020

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More than ever, folks are working on their landscapes and buying trees and shrubs. These aren’t the kind of plants you plant and forget about!

I planted the spirea on 5-11-19. It will need to be pruned after it flowers to help keep it from spreading but the color of the leaves is so pretty in Spring.

One important aspect of planting new trees and shrubs is, of course, the WAY they’re  … [Continue reading]

Trees are an investment – consider them carefully


Mon. May. 18, 2020

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Tree selection is a big deal, they’re an investment in dollars and time. There are lots of considerations, one of those is the mature size of the tree you select.

There are lots of considerations, one of those is the mature size of the tree you select. Oftentimes, homeowners don’t see the 4 ft. sapling they planted 4 feet from the foundation growing to 40 feet tall! That’s NOT a  … [Continue reading]

Plants to repel mosquitoes


Fri. May. 15, 2020

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Squiter season’s already here. I smacked one last weekend behind my ear, he’d already had quite a drink from the blood on my hand… and then I had a listener ask me about plants that repel mosquitoes. Good idea! Thanks for the idea, Avis!

There are some… perennials even! But let’s start with the annuals for our cold zones.

First is basil, one of my all time favorite herbs! Basil also keeps flies away  … [Continue reading]

Creating a bee home


Thu. May. 14, 2020

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Creating a HOME not a hive… for the bees.

Certainly planting flowers is a must…

but so is a nest for them.  Thirty percent of bees are cavity-nesting, they’ll live in hollow stems or holes in wood.

There are pre-made nests but these are often more cute than useful, says the University of Minnesota Extension’s Bee Lab.

You can use your dried plant stems.  They must be dead! Not the bees, the stems.   … [Continue reading]

Cool season crops and other May to-do’s


Wed. May. 13, 2020

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We had a cool spell, you should know we would… Still, you may have gotten those radishes in the ground we talked about last week.

You can also plant kale, one of the most nutrient dense plants on the planet, a true Superhero. And there’s spinach too, scallions and onion sets. Oh and then there are beets!

Here’s a Planting Guide from the University of MN Ext. on when to  … [Continue reading]

Summer blooming bulbs


Tue. May. 12, 2020

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Gladiolas, dahlias, cannas.  These are bulbs we in cold climates can plant now for summer bloom!

Alliums, oriental lilies, begonias and bulbs I can’t pronounce are also on that list. I made an impulse purchase last year and bought some pretty gladioli called ‘Vista’, a pretty purple and white glad with a red center.

They bloomed from July to September! Glads need to be dug up after the first hard frost in the Fall when  … [Continue reading]