Christmas tree care


Mon. Nov. 30, 2020

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The local nurseries are filled with Frasier Firs, Balsams, Pine and Spruce. Ahh, that smell is awesome!

You learned all about the different types of trees last week, which ones are the most fragrant, ones that can hold a lot of ornaments and ones that have those pretty soft needles. Now we need to talk about the CARE of those beauties you brought into your home.

How to care for your tree!

  • Figure out WHERE
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Firs, Pine, Spruce – Christmas tree selection


Fri. Nov. 27, 2020

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While some are shopping online or safely in local small businesses, others are searching for their perfect Christmas tree.

Remember the ’60’s? Well, maybe you’re too young! (like me… tee hee)

Ahhh, but today, we relish the real trees! Selection can be tricky depending on what you’re looking for.

There are lots of types of trees to choose from depending on what you like and whether you have heavy ornaments.  The  … [Continue reading]

Being thankful


Thu. Nov. 26, 2020

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It’s Thanksgiving. Normally I would wish you a full house and a full belly, but it’s different this year. So, I will wish you a full belly and a full HEART.

A heart of gratitude for the blessings you have and those to come. As you gather around Zoom or FaceTime or Google Duo, I pray you see those you love eating all those foods that bring back the light and warmth of Thanksgivings past and  … [Continue reading]

Amaryllis – tis the season


Wed. Nov. 25, 2020

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Amaryllis is one of those gorgeous plants that helps ring in the holiday season. While we may not be able to see all of our loved ones in person, we can send them love with a beautiful bloom.

There are a huge variety of choices. I did find one that seems to sum up a bit of 2020, it’s new this year and called ‘Half and Half’.

  • Choose large, firm bulbs –
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A peek at 2021 plants


Tue. Nov. 24, 2020

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2020 will go down in history. Turbulence of many types. But still, humans are resilient, we look at ways to celebrate holidays differently this year.

Milestone birthdays, graduations, Thanksgiving this week and Christmas and other religious holidays on the horizon.

On today’s Garden Bite, I wanted to take a moment to share some lovely plants. Plants that are coming in 2021. Something to look forward to. Proven Winners is offering a couple of  … [Continue reading]

The Unwanted Houseguest


Mon. Nov. 23, 2020

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It’s the time of year when you may hear the pitter patter of small creatures about your house. This year it’s not just the kids who are distance learning, it’s another creature, MICE.

While we may not be holding traditional Thanksgiving, we still don’t want these guys as houseguests! 

Oh sure, he looks cute but the destruction and, egad!, waste left behind by these little creatures is NOT something you want in  … [Continue reading]

Oriental Bittersweet: Pretty obnoxious


Fri. Nov. 20, 2020

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As we approach the holidays, this is a perennial topic now. Oriental bittersweet is pretty obnoxious… see how I did that? Pretty, yes, obnoxious, most definitely!

Used so often in decorations, this lovely looking vine is deceitful as it’s invasive qualities haunt our  forests, grasslands, and parks!  Sounds a bit harsh for such a well used holiday decoration but it’s true.

This invasive has penetrated our native areas to the point that it’s  … [Continue reading]

Festive container creations


Thu. Nov. 19, 2020

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I love creating my festive containers! While we had some stupid cold weather, we were also blessed with beautiful warm weather after, that meant I could put the spruce tops in because the soil was not frozen! SCORE!

I went to my local nursery and bought the “accents”, cedar and pine boughs and new this year for me… dyed magnolia leaves!

I really love using natural elements. There are so many gorgeous options.

  • The twisty
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Planning for perennial edibles next year


Wed. Nov. 18, 2020

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When planning our vegetable gardens, most of us think of them as annuals.  Here’s a look at 3 perennial edibles  and 1 herb for zone 4 climates. 

This first one I’ve never been a fan of but almost everyone I know loves it.  Asparagus.  

It takes commitment to grow this guy but once established, your asparagus bed will yield for years. A main requirement for growing asparagus is a neutral pH, which  … [Continue reading]

Gall darn it!


Tue. Nov. 17, 2020

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Gall darn it but those things are funny lookin’!  What ARE those things?

More information on Pine Oak gall from the University of MN Ext.

Galls are abnormal growths that occur on leaves, twigs, roots, or flowers of many plants. More gall dang information on Wayne’s Word….

Most galls are caused by irritation and/or stimulation of plant cells due to feeding or egg-laying by insects such as aphids, midges, wasps, or mites. Some info  … [Continue reading]