Dog Vomit Slime Mold – yes, that’s it’s name

Fri. Jul. 25, 2014

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Ugh, sounds awful!  It’s actually pretty amazing fungi!  Dog Vomit Slime Mold, aka DVSM,  loves decaying wood mulch.

It doesn’t take long to move across your mulch.  In fact, if you stand there long enough, you may see it move!  Check out Strange Things in my Yard.

More pics of DVSM:

Dog Vomit Slime Mold yellow

Another fascinating fungi is the “Fairy Parasol” aka Japanese Umbrella Inky Cap.  This fragile fungi is really quite pretty and  … [Continue reading]

Chiming in on mini hostas

Thu. Jul. 24, 2014

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Sitting on my porch there’s a gentle breeze .  I can hear chimes in the background  It’s a beautiful low meditative sound that’s got me thinking about a fairy garden.  Hmmm…. well, these are gnomes but it was a start back in the day…

gnome garden

Add some fairies and some mini hosta, along with a few more fun plants and you’ve got yourself a Fairy Garden.  Of course, then you can add all kinds of fun things for your  … [Continue reading]

Muscle (organic) mulch

Wed. Jul. 23, 2014

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I believe I made myself clear yesterday about my feelings on rock mulch!  So what would I use?

I prefer wood chips.  The above are colored red to add contrast.  (Some people don’t like colored mulch as they think it’s takes away from the plants, as always, it’s your choice) I did this back in 2007 and laid down landscape fabric.  If I had to do it again, I would just cultivate and lay down the wood  … [Continue reading]

Superstar (inorganic) mulch

Tue. Jul. 22, 2014

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I think it’s time for the mulch talk.  We know it’s a good idea but what KIND of mulch should you get.  Organic vs Inorganic.  The first question to ask yourself is what do I want my mulch to do?  Do I want it to just sit and look pretty or do I want it to work for the money I put into it?   There are good reasons for both options.  Today we’ll focus on inorganic mulch  … [Continue reading]


Mon. Jul. 21, 2014

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I was talking with a friend last week who told me about a friend of hers that just planted low maintenance grass and I was intrigued!  Who doesn’t like low maintenance grass!!  This stuff is called Grassology.


The claim is that the roots of this grass grows 4 times longer than “normal” grass seed, is a dwarf variety that needs little mowing and is even insect and disease resistant.  I searched for reviews and found plenty that seemed to  … [Continue reading]

Deer resistant plants

Fri. Jul. 18, 2014

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While I admire the brown-eyed beauty of the white tail deer, I do NOT admire their munching on my plants!

These 2 delightful deer were on their way to my Hosta Cafe.  There are deer “resistant” plants.  Notice I said “resistant” not “proof”!

Well, short of not feeding them, there are some plants that deer don’t particularly care for.  They include:

  • Columbine
  • Coneflower
  • Sage
  • Yarrow
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Lenten Rose
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Foxglove
  • Heliopsis
  • Beebalm aka
 … [Continue reading]

New plant labeling to protect pollinators

Thu. Jul. 17, 2014



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, July 15, 2014


New plant labeling law is in effect to protect pollinators


ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new plant labeling law is now in effect in Minnesota to protect pollinators, such as honeybees, from expose to toxic levels of insecticides. The new law become effective July 1 and requires that plants advertised as “beneficial to pollinators” must be free of detectable levels of certain systemic insecticides.


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will enforce the law. MDA Director of Plant Protection Geir Friisoe says  … [Continue reading]

Blossom end rot

Thu. Jul. 17, 2014

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I had one red tomato so far…  yup, I ate it!  😉  It wasn’t quite ripe but still tastier than any store bought!

Homegrown tomatoes are the BEST!  But blossom end rot is not!

A calcium deficiency will bring about blossom end rot.  Uneven watering is one of the biggest culprits.  There are foliar sprays but they only help BEFORE the tomato has blossom end rot, and, as you’ll see from the University of Minnesota, there’s disagreement  … [Continue reading]

Cover crops and groundcovers

Wed. Jul. 16, 2014

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Your lettuce is probably looking limp now.  This heat is ridiculous and it’s taking it’s toll on our cooler climate veggies.  Well then, perhaps you should take advantage of that bare spot and plant buckwheat!

Buckwheat is a fast growing crop that will enrich your soil. When tilled in, the buckwheat adds organic matter and makes soil nutrients, like phosphorus and calcium, more accessible to fall crops.  Buckwheat’s dense foliage also blocks out sun to weed  … [Continue reading]

A second season

Tue. Jul. 15, 2014

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If you’re still hankering for some lettuce, more beets, some carrots or kale – you can plant a second season.  We’ve got about 10 more weeks of growing.  Maybe more, maybe less.  Check on the days to maturity of certain vegetables that you might want to give a second planting too.

The seeds will sprout quicker with the soil so warm.  You will want to keep the seeds moist but not wet!  Once you’re vegetable seeds get  … [Continue reading]