Leaf mold


Wed. Oct. 5, 2011

Show Date: 5 Oct 11
sounds kinda gross but it’s really a great soil amendment.  Compost CAN involve managing temps in the mound, adding brown layers and green layers, managing kitchen scraps and on and on….  OR

You can allow piles of dried leaves just rot and let nature take its course.  This process requires only time.  If you’d like to speed up the process, you can chop up the leaves, stir them and add corn gluten meal or alfalfa meal. 

I wouldn’t recommend piling your leaves in the street!   … [Continue reading]

Imprelis


Mon. Jul. 25, 2011

Show Date: 25 Jul 11
Have you noticed damage to Evergreens in community spaces?  Perhaps in neighborhoods that hire a professional lawn care service?

I live in such an area and was looking across at the White Pines and White Spruce thinking how awful they looked.  I thought, wow, that’s a lot of winter damage.

I had to inspect!

A brand new herbicide called Imprelis was just released for sale to turf management companies this year.  It has shown good to excellent control over broadleaf weeds like dandelions and creeping  … [Continue reading]

Clay soil


Sun. May. 29, 2011

Show Date: 24 May 11
Ugh, who among us has not toiled over clay soil?  Mother Nature has a way of winning nearly every time…  Instead of battling her, why not join her?

Clay soil tolerant perennials:

  • Daylilies offer loads of choices with differing bloom color, heights and bloom time
  • Russian Sage
  • Columbine – lovely in part shady areas
  • Liatris prefers full sun
  • Sedum with a large selection of choices too
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Monarda aka Bee Balm
  • New England aster
  • wild cranesbill
  • Grasses include ‘Karl Forester’ and ‘Little
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Overdoing it, tools and pots


Fri. May. 13, 2011

Show Date: 13 May 11
Today’s GB is kind of a mishmash, seems appropriate for Friday the 13th!  A couple of weekends ago I helped a friend remove some overgrown, dying Yews.  We took out almost all of them.  The last one was right over her gas line!  REMINDER:  Call Gopher State One Call anytime you dig! 

Anyway, my body reminded me that I wasn’t used to mucking around in the dirt!  I still think it felt GREAT!  But I may have to make an appt. for a massage.

Your  … [Continue reading]

Aqua spikes and globes


Mon. Mar. 7, 2011

Show Date: 7 Mar 11
Going on vacation is always exciting…  except the part about asking friends, family or neighbors to check on your home and water your plants! 

There are certainly easier ways to take care of your houseplants.  The Aqua Globes are very pretty but not real practical for any long term watering.  They claim to water for up to 2 weeks but that would be for small houseplants, in my opinion.  They DO work, though. 

There’s the Aqua Spike, which works as well but it’s not  … [Continue reading]

Seedless Tomato


Mon. Feb. 21, 2011

Show Date: 21 Feb 11
Eating homegrown tomatoes ranks right up there with a beach in Aruba during a brutal Minnesota winter! 

Unfortunately some folks are unable to digest the seeds in tomatoes.  There’s a solution!  All hail the Seedless Tomato!

The fruit produced by these plants are sterile so they don’t produce seeds.  It took Burpee 6 years to develop this tomato with the right flavor, texture and seedlessness.  It’s an indeterminate plant and matures in 70 days.  Plant as you would any other tomato.  Check locally to see  … [Continue reading]

Storing chemicals


Wed. Nov. 3, 2010

As we move indoors it’s a good idea to take inventory of the left over chemicals we have from the season.  It’s helpful to have this list so that next spring you don’t buy more of what you already have!

Make sure those containers are still labeled!  If not, write on them with a sharpie.  If you don’t know what’s in them, dispose of them properly.

Find an area away from heat, freezing temps and sunlight.  Preferably up off the floor by 4 feet, that’s for the curious toddlers and  … [Continue reading]

Peaches in Minnesota


Fri. Oct. 8, 2010

Show Date: 8 Oct 10
Really?  Peaches in the frozen tundra?  Yes.  Some people are having luck with the stone fruit although the University of Minnesota Extension says we’re not supposed to be able to grow them well enough to produce fruit. 

‘Reliance’, ‘Harrow Beauty’ and ‘Madison’ are three cultivars that gardeners have said they’re having luck with. 

The above photo I snagged from Nature Hills Nursery.  I would ALWAYS look locally for a peach tree source but I wanted you to see more information. 

The U of MN  … [Continue reading]

Seed tape


Thu. Mar. 25, 2010

Show Date: 25 Mar 10
Making seed tape is a fun (cheap and a little messy) way to get your kids involved in gardening.  And what kid doesn’t like messy! 

Flour, water, seed and newspaper, that’s it!  Oh and some salt. 

Mix a 1/2 cup of flour with enough water to a consistency of thick gravy.  Follow packet directions for seed spacing.  Use a toothpick to apply the “glue” to the seed and newspaper.  You may want to try this a few times till you get the hang of how  … [Continue reading]

Chicken & Sausage Skewers


Fri. Jan. 1, 2010

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 lbs. Skinless, boneless chicken breasts (4 oz. each)
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage links, mild
  • 1 Pint Cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Bag Bamboo skewers, soaked in water

    Marinade

  • 2 tsp. Colavita pepper oil
  • 2 Tsb. Fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 3 Bay leaves, broken into pieces
  • 2 Garlic cloves, large, pressed

Cut each piece of chicken in half lengthwise. Thread each chicken piece onto a skewer; add a cherry tomato to the end of each skewer.

For chicken marinade, in a large baking dish mix  … [Continue reading]