Storing chemicals


Tue. Oct. 29, 2019

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While there’s a big movement against the use of chemicals for our landscapes (gardens, etc.), there are still plenty of folks who use them.    Proper storage also INCLUDES your organic products.

If you’ve got chemicals in dispensers, it’s best to use them up according to directions, then rinse out your sprayers and allow them to drip dry.

Be sure you know what’s in your containers.  Don’t mix chemicals, even if they’re the same thing, if they  … [Continue reading]

Orchid love indoors and out


Mon. Oct. 28, 2019

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While there are plenty of “grocery store” orchids (mostly phalaenopsis)  there are also a number of native orchids for our Upper Midwest area.

Yes, natives in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  In fact, the Showy Lady’s Slipper is Minnesota’s State Flower. Found living in open fens, bogs, swamps, and damp woods where there is an abundance of natural light, there are 17 orchid species that grow in Minnesota. The feminine-looking ‘Lady Slipper’ orchid grows slowly,  … [Continue reading]

Pumpkin seeds


Fri. Oct. 25, 2019

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Carving pumpkins is a tradition for nearly everyone I know.  When I was little, my mom would save the seeds, rinse them, soak them in a salt-laden bowl of water overnight and then bake them.  They were a treat then, but I’ve discovered a much tastier way to enjoy those seeds.

There are  a variety of methods to toast/roast your pumpkin seeds. While I don’t soak the daylights out of my seeds, I do clean them  … [Continue reading]

Gearing up for goblins


Thu. Oct. 24, 2019

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Tis the season to gear up for goblins or gourds or pumpkins and such!   One of my favorite things as a kid was pumpkin carving time. As the youngest one with the smallest hands, it was my job to pull the guts out of the pumpkins while my brother and sister wielded the knives.  Luckily mom was nearby to make sure they used the knives on the pumpkins and not each other. Now no  … [Continue reading]

Fall landscape


Wed. Oct. 23, 2019

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Some folks grow gourds or specialty squash for howlingly cool Halloween or Harvest displays.  Once, many years ago, I grew one of those super large pumpkins. I was so proud! The local grocery store was having a contest and I got it loaded up in the pick up and off we went.  The grocery store manager says, “Ya that woulda won!”

Huh?

“The contest ended yesterday”.

If you grew corn this year you have a great  … [Continue reading]

Tool attention


Tue. Oct. 22, 2019

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A perennial topic! Tool attention. With temperatures up and down and precipitation here and there, we’re headed to Winter and putting our gardens to rest. That means putting the tools away too.

You’ve been abusing your trowels, shovels, pruners and hoes all season, leaving them scattered about your yard and gardens to let mother nature do what she will to them, or maybe that’s just me.  Regardless of who’s been naughty or nice to their tools,  … [Continue reading]

Fall journaling


Mon. Oct. 21, 2019

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I love the smell of a fire in the crisp autumn air.  After getting your chores done for the day, take a little time for yourself.  Build a fire in a pit, grab a hot mug of coffee or cocoa with or without a little adult beverage added, and relax to recount your garden joys and woes of the season. 

Between the nearly non existent Spring with more winter-like temperatures and snow and the wet summer  … [Continue reading]

The BEE declared the most important living being on the Planet!


Fri. Oct. 18, 2019

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In case you hadn’t heard, the bee has been declared the most important living being on the planet. The Earthwatch Institute concluded in the last debate of the Royal Geographical Society of London, that bees are the most important living being on the planet. 

However, scientists have also made an announcement: Bees have already entered into extinction risk. A bunch of smart people whose names I can’t  … [Continue reading]

Tenacious bulb eaters


Thu. Oct. 17, 2019

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Those little #*%&@ are always at it!

They are tenacious if nothing else! People have discussed ideas about what to do for as long as we’ve planted bulbs.  The best method so far is to place chicken wire over your bulb bed, secure it with stakes or heavy rocks and then mulch it with woodchips, shredded bark or leaves. The plants will grow up through the wire or hardware cloth.

You could sink the wire  … [Continue reading]

Plenty of precip in the Upper Midwest – what’s the long term effect?


Wed. Oct. 16, 2019

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Record rainfalls have thwarted many a gardener this past season. A lot of our plants developed fungal diseases, in particular those tasty tomatoes!

There’s also a long term problem with all that wet weather. Trees are dying with wet feet. It’s been documented in Nerstrand Big Woods where I live and in other places around the Upper Midwest.

According to a recent article through the  … [Continue reading]