Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Soil – the Foundation of Life
I know, I know, I’m talking about soil again! I do, because it IS the foundation of life! From dust to dust!
Soil holds the keys to a plant’s ability to take up nutrients, water and oxygen. Soil also acts as a filter for rainwater, cleaning it as it makes it’s way into our aquifers. If you prepare your garden beds, you give your plants the best chance to, not … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Soil testing
If you really want to get down and dirty, get a soil test.
Well, as soon as the soil is warm and dry enough to grab samples! It is one of the best thing you can do for your plants and yourself. The University of Minnesota , the University of Wisconsin and NDSU will give you a comprehensive report on what your soil consists of.
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Dear Spring, we miss you…
So the air temperature got down to 6 degrees last week (I’m in the southeastern portion of Minnesota)… that’s a record by the way. (Ya think!)
I was talking with a local nursery owner who said they’re opening today but “not really”. The day they really think they’ll be able to take care of their customers needs won’t happen until April 21st! (The latest he’s opened in his 50 years there). They … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Tomato and pepper seed start time
Nothing’s better than a homegrown tomato. You can make that experience even better by starting your own from seed. The best barometer for planting tomatoes and peppers outside is when the soil temperature is 60 to 70 degrees. Usually that’s Memorial weekend in zone 4 and a week or so later in zone 3. Planting early usually means stunted growth. I’m going to start some seeds within the next week or … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Planting slopes
If you’ve ever had to push a lawn mower up a hill you’ve probably thought, what can I plant to get out of this horrendous chore! You’re not alone, folks are always asking about what they can plant on slopes.
That’s a tough one. You’re looking for plants to prevent soil erosion and yet the site is usually difficult to work on for anything including maintenance. Adding a mix of shrubs, grasses, perennials and … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Rain gardens
More and more, homeowners are planting rain gardens. Some cities offer dollars toward funding your project as it protects our water and helps storm water drains. Check with your city to see if THEY offer something!!! It’s worth it.
From marshes to savannas to dry prairies, there are some wonderful choices. You must determine, first, what your sun/shade conditions will be and know the climate zone you live in. University of MN Extension offers a … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Critical freeze and Spring buds
The last couple of years, Spring came early in terms of warm temperatures and bud break, then we had a freeze which nipped some of those buds. 2018 is a different story. Coming out of a cold winter, many of us have still been experiencing below normal temperatures. In fact, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting April temperatures to be just below normal and precipitation above normal. Check your budding trees and … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Soil structure and drainage
This is a perennial topic!!
If you peruse descriptions of a particular plants needs, they almost all say, prefers “well-drained soil”. What is that? It’s well structured soil. That is soil that contains enough pores, the gaps between soil particles, to allow air and water to flow freely. Ideally, the sand, silt and clay particles are arranged so they occupy only half of the space, leaving the other half as pore space. A … [Continue reading]