Pumpkin seeds


Fri. Oct. 23, 2020

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Carving pumpkins is a tradition for nearly everyone I know.  When I was little, my mom would save the seeds, rinse them, soak them in a salt-laden bowl of water overnight and then bake them.  They were a treat then, but my taste is a bit more sophisticated now!

My taste is a bit more sophisticated now and I don’t soak them in salt water!

I lightly salt mine then spread them on a baking sheet,  … [Continue reading]

The season of Pumpkin Spice and pumpkin pickin’


Thu. Oct. 22, 2020

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Love it or hate, it’s pumpkin spice everything season.  I have a friend who grinds her teeth every time the pumpkin spice comes out at her favorite coffee shop, another who can’t wait for the pumpkin spice creamer and sends her husband to buy as many as a husband is willing to do!  About 3 bottles worth.  In case you’re interested here’s a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte!

I happen  … [Continue reading]

Tool attention


Wed. Oct. 21, 2020

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One of the last tasks of the gardening season is tool attention. You’ve been abusing your trowels, shovels, pruners and hoes all season, leaving them scattered about your yard and gardens to let mother nature do what she will to them.

Maybe you haven’t cleaned them off properly or sharpened your pruners.  Regardless of who’s been naughty or nice to their tools, it’s soon time to clean them up and get them ready for storage.

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Sustainable landscape ideas


Tue. Oct. 20, 2020

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My Yard and Garden news from the University of Minnesota came with a really interesting article I wanted to share with you. Julie Weisenhorn with the Horticulture Department has had 30 years of gardening in her yard and has developed considerations for a sustainable landscape design.

Now is the time to really look at your landscape. Weisenhorn suggests grabbing a clipboard and heading outside to take notes of what you want and need to  … [Continue reading]

Update on Lilac blight


Mon. Oct. 19, 2020

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Earlier this season I talked about lilac blight. So many of my listeners had issues, including me! The University of Minnesota received a bunch of calls of those brown, yellowed leaves and dying branches on mature plants.

The Horticulture department determined that the culprit is a fungus (Pseudocercospora) that causes leaf blight, something I had mentioned on my Facebook page.

The fungus, which lives in soil and plant debris, was found in most samples. Normally  … [Continue reading]

Email grab bag day


Fri. Oct. 16, 2020

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We’ve had some lovely days and the plant sales are REALLY tempting. If you’ve gone plant sale shopping recently and now don’t have time to plant, don’t panic.  Find a spot in your landscape and plant those perennials still in their pots. Sink them into the ground up to the pot level, keep watered till the ground freezes and mulch. 

Then come spring, after you’ve decided where you want to plant them, dig them  … [Continue reading]

Winter and your containers


Thu. Oct. 15, 2020

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We all know it’s coming, the s-word! While I could be talking about stew and sweatshirts, there are some who have seen snow! That means we still have some things to do to prepare for Winter. It may seem early but I want to put this one out there. One of those items is cleaning out the annuals in our pots.

I do leave out my large pots to plant for the Christmas season.  … [Continue reading]

Battle over Buckthorn continues


Wed. Oct. 14, 2020

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 As we creep toward Halloween in the year 2020! a plant that sends shivers down the spine of most folks is Buckthorn.  The bane of the botanical minded, buckthorn takes over forests and parks and invades our landscapes.  Common, or European, buckthorn, and glossy buckthorn are the two non-native, invasive buckthorn species found in Minnesota, Wisconsin and throughout the U.S.

It was brought here from Europe in the mid 1800’s and planted as  … [Continue reading]

Emerald Ash Borer – still here and on the move


Tue. Oct. 13, 2020

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The Emerald Ash Borer remains on the move and confirmed cases have now been established in Carver and Sibley counties in Minnesota, making them the 24th and 25th counties with confirmed EAB in the State. MDA staff were able to find live EAB larvae in infested trees on both sides of the county border and collected samples for federal identification. That means they are now under quarantine.  … [Continue reading]

The Winged Burning Bush is a weed!


Mon. Oct. 12, 2020

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Today, I’m going to tell you the story of the winged wahoo! Also know as Burning Bush, I didn’t know it was called that either until I started research after getting an email from the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture. They have deemed the Winged Burning Bush, October Weed of the Month for 2020!

Wait, what, no winged wahoo!!  Minnesota added it to their Noxious Weed List as a “Specially Regulated  … [Continue reading]