A change of climate for gardening too


Wed. Feb. 7, 2018

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As we talk climate change in the midst of a winter that has smacked us with some of the coldest sustained temperatures we’ve had in a long time and walloped some of us with snow, while others went without,  there’s a change of climate in the gardening world too.    

Chairman and CEO of Burpee says that vegetables are taking over the gardening world and that is creating a spinoff  … [Continue reading]

Color wheel in garden design


Tue. Feb. 6, 2018

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Winter’s always a good time to make plans for your garden.  There’s more time to look over plant catalogs and surf the web.  I would also suggest using the color wheel.

Having a mishmash of color is certainly fine if it doesn’t give you visual overload, however, mixing too many colors doesn’t allow our eyes to gaze more thoroughly, but instead, can deliver a dizzying sight that isn’t necessarily calming.

Your eye
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Growing Avocados in the North


Mon. Feb. 5, 2018

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I had a listener ask me about growing avocados in Minnesota.  He’d taken some pits and put them in water. One sprouted.  After months and months of sitting in water, it’s started to sprout leaves along with those roots.  The question from there was what to do with it!

avocado pit just breaking open by Ryan Dulin

A How-to guide on sprouting an avocado seed/pit at Inhabitat

I did some research and  … [Continue reading]

Vegetable garden cost comparison


Fri. Feb. 2, 2018

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Someone asked me if you really save money planting your own vegetable garden.  That depends.  Things to consider:

  • how much effort will you put into creating your garden
  • how much you spend on seeds and/or plants
  • are you buying soil?  amendments?  fertilizer?
  • your time spent watering, weeding and harvesting
  • will you be building a raised bed
  • do you need to buy equipment

Your first garden will always cost more but as I noted  … [Continue reading]

EAB replacement trees


Thu. Feb. 1, 2018

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Emerald Ash Borer aka EAB

While we haven’t lost them all, odds are not in our favor to have many Ash trees left.  The City I live in is pro-active by taking out some of the younger boulevard ash trees and replacing them.   It’s recommended to plant a variety of trees.  It was proven decades ago not to plant one kind of tree when we all lost those beautiful Elms, and yet, what did  … [Continue reading]

Cankers and galls on shrubs


Wed. Jan. 31, 2018

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Do you suffer from galls or cankers?

I just have to grin when I hear that.  The thought of some medication commercial coming up with side effects so horrific, I’d rather have a canker!  Maybe …

cytospora-canker UofMN ext.

With all the leaves gone on our trees and shrubs, it’s a good time to take a careful look at their branches for galls or cankers.

Cankers and Galls [University of Minnesota Extension]  … [Continue reading]

Companion planting


Tue. Jan. 30, 2018

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So this isn’t real scientific, however, I know plenty of University of MN horticulturists who DO use some of these “rules” for the vegetable garden.

There’s a book I recommend called “Carrots Love Tomatoes” by Louise Riotte.  She also wrote a great article for Mother Earth News – “Companion Planting for the Healthy Garden” in 1992.  It’s chock full of info!

Beth Jarvis with the U of MN was one of my instructors for the  … [Continue reading]

Bunnies – the good, the bad and monitoring your plants


Mon. Jan. 29, 2018

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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  … [Continue reading]

‘Gold Heart’ an Old Fashioned bleeding heart


Fri. Jan. 26, 2018

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Now I’m thinking about Three Dog Night – Just an old fashioned love song comin’ down in 3 part harmony!

One of the first flowers to come forth in a most delightful way is the Bleeding Heart.  And in particular, one that I was just recently reminded of, is the cultivar ‘Gold Heart’.  What’s special about this guy?  Oh, let me count the ways.  It’s early burst through the Spring  … [Continue reading]

Social network for the garden – it’s a trend!


Thu. Jan. 25, 2018

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What’s trending?  Ever get tired of these new digital phrases?  I do, but I’m a bit old school!  That said, plants have been “social networking” for, well, just about forever.

They recognized early the importance of each other.  Social networking is now a term for the garden as well.  It’s a 2018 trend, according to landscape architect Thomas Rainer.

Note the ground covers or forest floor plants, if you will
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