Native salt tolerant plants


Tue. Jan. 23, 2018

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I love salt.  It’s a great seasoning.  I don’t love it in my lawn but there’s not always a choice when you live on a block that gets salted after an ice storm or snowfall.

MNDOT salt truck

Road salt can damage your plants by interfering with their water uptake through their root system.  It will look like root damage or drought and include stunted growth, scorching on leaves and maybe the  … [Continue reading]

Warming up your soil


Mon. Jan. 22, 2018

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…for an early start to planting! With the Polar vortex having made a couple of appearances so far this year, it’s hard to imagine warmth, but today I’m going to talk about ways to warm up your soil faster in the spring.  First let’s talk climate zone, essentially the Upper Midwest is divided in zones, from 3b to 5a with 20 to 40 below zero lows.  And some southern portions could squeak by  … [Continue reading]

2018 AAS winners – the Healthy and the Heavenly


Fri. Jan. 19, 2018

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If you’re looking for a cruciferous that won’t bolt, try Pak Choi Asian Delight.  I would say it’s healthy, but the moment I do, my husband rolls his eyes!  So, between you and me, like any cruciferous such as broccoli, cabbage, kale… it’s chock full of the full spectrum of over 70 antioxidants.

Pak Choi ‘Asian Delight’

Isn’t it a beautiful plant?  That’s not the  … [Continue reading]

2018 Perennial of the Year


Thu. Jan. 18, 2018

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It’s a new year and that means a new Perennial plant of the Year!  The 2018 Perennial of the Year  is…..

Allium called ‘Millenium’ and it’s gorgeous.

Allium ‘Millenium’

The genus Allium contains more than 900 species in the northern hemisphere, but is perhaps best known for a dozen or so species of culinary vegetables and herbs: onion, garlic, leeks, shallots, scallions, and chives. The genus is also known for a few  … [Continue reading]

Let’s go googling and why does “Days to harvest” matter?


Wed. Jan. 17, 2018

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Amass in a sea of catalogs! Nirvana!

Floating in a sea of catalogs, immersed in a maze of vegetables and perennials SHOUTING at you to buy them, try them, eat them!  While these companies are reputable, because most of my audience hales from the colder climate zones, I suggest googling!  I KNOW, there’s a lot of bunk on the internet, however, check your sources and take a  … [Continue reading]

Rusty patched bumblebees


Tue. Jan. 16, 2018

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Yesterday I talked about the endangered dwarf trout lily, today, I’ll take you back to the rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis).  Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the bumblebee is now protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

Over the past two decades its population has declined 87 percent.  Once common and abundant across 28 states from Connecticut to South Dakota, the rusty patched bumble  … [Continue reading]

Dwarf trout lilies


Mon. Jan. 15, 2018

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to walk in the Big Woods State Park in Nerstrand, MN.  The frozen tundra that the Upper Midwest was locked in, gave us a glimpse of warm weather!  WHEW, we needed that respite!

Big Woods State Park

While there, a friend who lives in the area told my husband and I that the roped off areas were to protect the Minnesota dwarf trout lily, an endangered species.  Now,  … [Continue reading]

3 ways to ruin your Garden


Fri. Jan. 12, 2018

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Why on Earth would a gardener tell you HOW to ruin your Garden???  So you don’t!  😉

Only 3 ways to ruin your garden?  Oh there’s more but these are time and (some) Teri-tested methods!

  • Planting “easy spreaders” or “fills in rapidly” plants.  Better known as invasive!  These plants will take over your carefully planned garden.  There may be areas you want to plant these, you decide!   Obedient Plant (ha!) is
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Tomato shopping at 4 below


Thu. Jan. 11, 2018

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As I write this, the air temperature if 4 below zero, windchill…. I’m not even going there!  What better way to warm up than to look through my plant catalogs and choose next year’s tomato plants.  I found some new ones I want to try.  At least they’re new to me!

‘Tasti-lee’ is a lovely uniform 3 ½ inch tomato with the triple crown of great flavor, heightened nutrition and extended shelf  … [Continue reading]

Scale – it’s a living thing


Wed. Jan. 10, 2018

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That term seems odd to me for a living creature but there it is sucking the life right out of your houseplants. Scale-damaged plants look withered and sickly. Leaves turn yellow and may drop from the plant.

Scale insect

Scale insect

the scale of scale on a houseplant

the scale of scale on a houseplant

If left, they will kill it and move on to your other plants nearby.  These little nasties also secrete a sticky substance called honeydew that  … [Continue reading]