Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Downed trees – was it a strong wind or did it start long ago?
The above photo was taken a couple of blocks from my house this week. It was blown up by lightning. A show that I was enjoying with amazement, until I found out this happened! Then I was supremely grateful that no one was injured, her home is fine, her car not so much! … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Spicebush
Fall is here with the celebration of the autumnal equinox coming on Saturday! I love this time of year for many reasons including the fact that it’s a good time to plant trees and shrubs. If you’d like to try something with a bit of splash and spice, think Spicebush.
This is a multi-season interest plant that flowers before the leaves show up. The citrus yellow blooms are aromatic … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Monarch butterflies and migration
The annual Monarch migration is beginning. And for much of the summer I saw plenty of posts on social media of folks raising Monarchs at home. It’s amazing! (Special thanks to my neighbor, Connie Erickson, for her devotion to these beautiful little masterpieces)
Nearby, a college arboretum released hundreds of Monarchs.
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Low-mow/No-mow grass
I talked last week about lawn renovation and fall lawn care so you know that now is a good time to plant seed. And speaking of seed…
Prairie Moon Nursery offers a blend of fine-leaved fescue grasses as a responsible alternative to an energy-intensive conventional turf lawn. I’m not getting paid to talk about Eco-Grass, but want to share with you this option for a low mow, no mow grass.
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Mighty tiny evergreens
Yesterday I talked planting practices this time of year, today let’s talk mighty tiny evergreens!
My new Northern Gardener magazine came with an article by Susannah Shmurak, who happens to live in the same town I do! She also blogs at healthygreensavvy.com. Her article is titled “Small but Mighty evergreens” and includes some darling little beauties for smaller landscapes.
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Stone fruits for cooler climates
The plums in zone 4b have been abundant this year! A friend of mine was handing out bagfuls last weekend to any takers…. including the dogs!
Plums are one of the hardiest stone fruits for cooler climates but that doesn’t mean we can’t grow apricots and peaches in zone 4, you just have to plant the appropriate cultivar! The University of MN Extension has a ton of information on … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Fall foliage 2018
Weather plays a large role in what our Fall colors look like. In particular, we get more vibrant reds when we have warm, sunny autumn days and cool nights. Yellows and oranges tend to stay pretty consistent from year to year but all colors will be duller if we have a warm wet period during the Fall.