After these brutal temps, I thought I might remind all of us that Spring will, at some point, arrive in Minnesota! Hold on to that thought and go to your happy place when the brutal winds blow!
Forsythia is really a harbinger of spring. They’re a great shrub but do have some drawbacks. If left unpruned they can become a dense thicket and look unruly. Their flower buds can freeze before you get the glow of their pretty yellow color. I still love them!
It’s a good idea to monitor your outdoor plants, particularly those 3 years and younger, at this time to see if the critters have been nibbling. If they have, you need to get some hardware cloth or chicken wire and surround them.
Hardware cloth comes in a variety of sizes, you’re best to buy one with small mesh. Now on to Public Enemy Number ONE… maybe….
Turns out, rabbit poop is really good for the garden… just not your shrubs! Those little brown pellets are a bonanza for your … [Continue reading]
Trudging out to the compost pile in sub zero weather is hardly appealing! Why not make a portable compost bin and use it all year long. You can park it next to your recycling bin during the winter and then roll it around with you during the growing season to your gardens.
portable compost drawing
Use a 1 inch paddle bit to drill the holes. Start the holes about 18 inches down from the top and the rows are about 3 1/2 inches apart. Each hole is about 3 … [Continue reading]
The headline reads “Local grape growers brace for damage”. While the University of Minnesota has come up with some incredible grapes hardy to our harsh winters, still, last year was pretty brutal. Grapes such as ‘Frontenac’, ‘Marquette’ and ‘La Crescent’ are supposed to be hardy to 30 below, however, that doesn’t mean that they won’t suffer damage. Click on the names of the grapes for detailed information from the University of Minnesota.
University Enology Project manager Katie Cook says the timing of the seriously low … [Continue reading]
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.
Gene Rothert, the author of The Enabling Garden, is the Director Emeritus at the Chicago Botanic Garden and his book is a fantastic resource for those looking to make gardening easier for themselves or … [Continue reading]
…for an early start to planting! First, let’s review our Climate Zones. They changed this year and it makes 1/2 a zone difference. Check out the zone map on the right side of this page. You’ll note that zone 4 goes all the way up to the Wadena area and the subdivisions of a and b have changed. Essentially, the Twin Cities is the dividing line for Zone 4b/a, the Cities being zone 4b, which is warmer.