Summer blooming bulbs


Tue. May. 12, 2020

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Gladiolas, dahlias, cannas.  These are bulbs we in cold climates can plant now for summer bloom!

Alliums, oriental lilies, begonias and bulbs I can’t pronounce are also on that list. I made an impulse purchase last year and bought some pretty gladioli called ‘Vista’, a pretty purple and white glad with a red center.

They bloomed from July to September! Glads need to be dug up after the first hard frost in the Fall when  … [Continue reading]

Vegetables in containers


Mon. May. 11, 2020

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Especially this year, folks are wanting to plant vegetables. But maybe your lawn isn’t big enough or you live in an apartment with just a balcony or maybe your sun conditions aren’t ideal, so what do you do?  Plant in containers!

What size container should you use?  What TYPE of container?   Certain containers create issues for your plants.

Tomatoes are super popular and grow well in containers but they need size! University based information says  … [Continue reading]

Mother’s Day and flowers


Fri. May. 8, 2020

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Happy Mother’s Day a little early…  Today would have been my mom’s 88th birthday!

This day was started by Anna Jarvis, it’s a totally American holiday. Jarvis eventually spent all her inheritance to get rid of the holiday after it became too commercialized for her taste!

This was when my mom and I would go shopping to fill her whiskey barrels with annuals. 

It’s a splendid day to spend time taking in the sights and scents of your  … [Continue reading]

Fertilizing annuals and perennials


Thu. May. 7, 2020

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Many of us have made our way to our local Garden Centers! Stocking up on things to do outside where social distancing works so well! Of course then we had a drop in temperatures and some of your plants had to be covered!

Generally, I’ve not been one to add a lot of chemicals to my gardens which includes fertilizer.  However, to boost the bloom and get the foliage flashing –  fertilizing is the  … [Continue reading]

Kids and gardening in the time of Covid


Wed. May. 6, 2020

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 At the time I recorded this, Minnesota’s Stay At Home order was to be lifted on May 4th. It was extended to May 18th. Social distancing and keeping in check the virus means gardening is the place to be! And gardening with your kids is a great activity for several reasons! First, who doesn’t love playing in the dirt?

Turns out, that while we weren’t trying to be healthy, diggin’  … [Continue reading]

Road work and removal of plants


Tue. May. 5, 2020

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 I live on a corner where both roads are getting redone. They need it! But, that means I needed to dig up all the plants in my corner butterfly garden. This is the start of their 4th year, so there was plenty of spreading.

In fact, I was able to share some of those plants with my neighbors! In particular the monarda. It really did offer me the chance to divide them  … [Continue reading]

Yew removal and what’s to be


Mon. May. 4, 2020

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 I had a yew that had taken over a corner of my house. An arborist friend of mine said, it’s beautiful, don’t get rid of it. One gardener’s dream is another’s nightmare.

 I didn’t want that heavy looking thing there anymore! So… with a truck, a winch, a log chain, a teenager! We got ‘er done.

A 10k winch loosened it but ended with pulling it by the truck!

The next question,  … [Continue reading]

EAB – it ain’t leavin’


Fri. May. 1, 2020

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Emerald Ash Borer ain’t goin’ nowhere… except closer. More counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin have recently reported the Ash tree killing insect.

There’s an irony in reporting on EAB amid Covid-19.

They are both suspected everywhere but have not yet reared their ugly heads everywhere. And they’re both requiring quarantines to try to stop the spread. Those tactics are certainly slowing things down.

In the case of EAB, scientists continue to work on  … [Continue reading]

Ravishing radishes


Thu. Apr. 30, 2020

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When I was little mom used to slice radishes and salt them.  I remember loading up the little round red bulbs from the grocery store with loads of salt to hide the bitter taste.  Not so much anymore!  Garden radishes offer far more flavor and many varieties…

For instance, black radishes have a horseradish (hot) flavor if eaten fresh but when cooked mellows to a nutty sweetness.  ps these are not small…

Baker Creek Heirloom seeds  … [Continue reading]

Fertilizing your lawn – why you should wait


Wed. Apr. 29, 2020

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This is a yearly ponderable by the lawn faithful.  According to research, Spring is NOT the best time to fertilize your lawn.  I know, I can hear many of you gasping, but the BEST times to fertilize your lawn are Late summer and fall.

This is contrary to the traditional springtime application. Early spring applications of nitrogen cause a surge of top growth in the plants, which makes the  … [Continue reading]