The Minnesota Tip Method for roses


Mon. Nov. 16, 2020

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Developed here in the north for those gardeners who just love fussy roses!  (I’ll stick to shrub roses, carpet roses and generally those that don’t require protection!)

There are a number of gorgeous roses, however, including grandifloras, floribundas and tea roses that we’d love to keep.  It’s a proven record for the best results at winter protection.  It does require some time and effort. Here’s more information from the Minnesota Rose Society.   … [Continue reading]

Types of bird feeders


Fri. Nov. 13, 2020

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Yesterday was about the food, today is about the feeder!

There are numerous feeders out there.  Which ones work?  Well, they all do but which ones keep the squirrels at bay?  Ha!  None of them forever, unless you have them rigged for an electric shock when they touch it.

Someone I know actually did that!  He had fashioned a shocker that he could operate by remote control from the kitchen when the blackbirds would  … [Continue reading]

Foods for the Birds


Thu. Nov. 12, 2020

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There’s nothing like calming your spirit after a slushy, bumper to bumper ride home than watching the brilliant Red Cardinal feasting on bird food out your window.   Bird Notes from Cornell U’s Ornithology lab is a great read on feeding birds.

For your enjoyment, make sure you locate the bird feeders where you can see them keeping in mind that birds want to feel safe.  So an area that will provide quick cover should  … [Continue reading]

Veterans Day and Healing through Nature


Wed. Nov. 11, 2020

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Today is Veterans Day and I want to honor all those who have served our Country, those gave their lives and for those who have come back from war with injuries that include PTSD, I use that term simply because most folks understand it.  I will say, however, that there are many that disagree with the Disorder piece of it, and would prefer to call it simply Post Traumatic  … [Continue reading]

Apps for the Curious Gardener


Tue. Nov. 10, 2020

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I have a plant app, Pl@ntNet on my phone that I’ve used for a couple of years and I love it. There are plenty of plants I don’t know about! I’ll be honest, it doesn’t always get the plant exactly right but it points you in the right direction. Take a photo of the plant in question and then choose from your gallery, you then pick whether to have the search for the  … [Continue reading]

Warm temps, garden chores and some super 2020 annuals


Mon. Nov. 9, 2020

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Wow, a whole week of great temperatures! I hope you were able to wrap up those last garden chores. The leaves raked or mowed, the vegetable garden put to bed, the on-sale perennials you bought are in the ground and you’ve emptied your rain barrel! I was able to get that all done, oh and the tools put away too! Wahoo! With those hoses put away, the last of  … [Continue reading]

Caring for your vulnerable trees in Winter


Fri. Nov. 6, 2020

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Once again it’s that time of year to protect your vulnerable trees!  Protect your woodies!  Woody plants are plants that have hard stems (thus the term, “woody“) and that have buds that survive above ground in winter. The best-known examples are trees and shrubs (bushes). These are commonly broken down further into the deciduous and evergreen categories. The opposite of “woody plants” is “herbaceous”  … [Continue reading]

Dormant seeding your lawn


Thu. Nov. 5, 2020

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You thought the season was over, and, yes, the best time to seed your lawn is mid August to mid September.  However, there’s another option.  Dormant Seeding. Gertens has a quick tutorial and also sells a great number of grass seed types. Check your local garden center.

This practice involves seeding when temperatures are too low for the seed to germinate prior to winter. Germination prior to winter is bad and seedlings will generally  … [Continue reading]

Too much TLC can kill


Wed. Nov. 4, 2020

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Your tropicals you had outside all summer should be safely indoors now.   As we start turning indoors, we’re paying more attention to all of our houseplants.  Mostly that’s a good idea but too much T-L-C can kill a houseplant!

Overwatering is the number one killer of houseplants.  Almost none of your houseplants like wet feet.  We often think water’s the cure-all for what MAY ail your plant.  The reality is, MOST of your  … [Continue reading]

November to-do’s


Tue. Nov. 3, 2020

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Garden cleanup… what to do and other tips for November!

Debris removal is important particularly if you’ve had any disease. Lilac blight was HUGE this year. Getting rid of the debris and removing affected branches is key to prevent more next year.

Another area of concern is the fallen leaves and rotten fruit at the base of your fruit trees.  Oftentimes, that debris is a hiding spot for disease that overwinters and then presents itself next  … [Continue reading]