The poop on manure


Fri. Apr. 27, 2018

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Manure happens!  And in abundance but fresh manure should never be put on a veggie garden!  You can buy composted manure at most garden centers.

creekside cow manure

Temperatures in a compost pile should reach 130 to 140 degrees to kill weed seeds and pathogens.  It should stay at that temp for at least 5 days.  Most folks stay away from pig manure.  It’s best to stick with dairy, sheep, horse or poultry manure.

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The information superhighway – Mycelium


Thu. Apr. 26, 2018

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show:   The information superhighway – Mycelium

It’s an information superhighway that speeds up interactions between a large, diverse population of individuals. It allows individuals to communicate and help each other out. But it also allows them to commit new forms of crime. You thought I was talking about the internet, not so, I’m talking about mycelium!

The mycelium of a fungus spreading through soil (Credit: Nigel Cattlin / Alamy)

 Mycelium are the thin threads of fungi that link  … [Continue reading]

Shrubs for clay soil


Wed. Apr. 25, 2018

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Clay soil, that thick, glue-like stuff, many of us have but wish we didn’t.

Clay soil

So what’s good about clay soil…  give me minute… okay, found some…

Clay soils are more fertile than many other soil types; each tiny clay particle is packed with places to hold on to water and fertilizer.

Plants can get a firm grip, their roots are more stabilized. So, with a clay soil you water less, fertilize  … [Continue reading]

Trees and grass – are they a match?


Tue. Apr. 24, 2018

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I learned something the other day and wanted to share.  My friend, Faith Appelquist, is an arborist with her own company Treequality.  She put out a newsletter discussing grass and trees.  She says,   trees and turf grass were never meant to live together…. WHAT???

Trees evolved in the forest with twigs and leaves as a ground cover.

Grass evolved in the prairie with full sun all around.

Prairie….
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Tough Spring on plants, people and wildlife!


Mon. Apr. 23, 2018

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Wow, 2018 will go down as the year without Spring… or at least starting a good 3 weeks late.   FINALLY, this weekend we had Spring!!

Not only have people and plants not been happy but the hungry wildlife are having a difficult time surviving.

In fact, some experts have called this a ‘bird emergency’.  The unusual April storm already killed or severely weakened many migratory birds such as robins, warblers,  … [Continue reading]

Earth Day


Fri. Apr. 20, 2018

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Earth day is Sunday and I was thinking about all the things we celebrate; Presidents birthdays, St. Patricks day, April Fools day, Halloween.  What a great idea it was to set aside a day to celebrate our incredibly beautiful planet!

Van Gogh said “if you truly love nature you’ll see beauty everywhere”.  It’s true, even the weeds can be pretty amazing, growing out of pavement. You can’t see an ounce of soil but those weeds  … [Continue reading]

Small space vegetables


Thu. Apr. 19, 2018

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Sweet, delicious and adorable!  That could describe a lot of things but on Garden Bite, it’s a description of a perfect little pepper for your patio.  I’m talking small space vegetables today!  Keep in mind… Container plants need more water simply because their roots are “contained” and can’t reach out for more, but don’t overwater or your plant will get root rot.   Use a good soil mix – check Creekside Soils.

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Largest public garden in Upper Midwest celebrates 60 years, vies to stay the reigning champion


Wed. Apr. 18, 2018

I don’t generally post things like this, but the MN Landscape Arboretum is an absolute gem.  I have been visiting these gardens since 1990 and have been a member off and on since that time.  I’ve traipsed through nearly every part and discover new things all the time.  Their plant sale was a must for me when I lived closer…  If you ever have the opportunity to go, please don’t hesitate!  It’s beautiful at every season.  You’ll also be able to view mature trees/shrubs/perennials/natives and some wonderful annuals!  Teri

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Easy care perennials (mostly easy)


Wed. Apr. 18, 2018

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Easy care perennials, ya sure you betcha!  Actually there are plenty of perennials more amiable than others.  Sedum aka Stonecrop, is at the top of the list of forgiving plants.

a couple of sedum varieties and creeping jenny

And there are a lot of different varieties, nearly 500!  I have several myself, they’re great for groundcovers all the way to the large ‘Autumn Joy’, which you, pretty much, can’t kill, you can sure give  … [Continue reading]

Garden tool prep and pruning out damage


Tue. Apr. 17, 2018

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If you’re soil is just too soggy, consider garden tool prep.  At least lovingly tending to the tools gets us closer to the garden!  Take some steel wool to those trowels, a file to your pruners and examine tools for any repair or, perhaps replacement!

Clean tools

Speaking of pruners, you can prune out dead or damaged branches.  With the winter we’ve experienced you may find plenty of that in  … [Continue reading]