Bee Friendly Gardening

 Article Mary Walcker  According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there are approximately 400 native bee species in Minnesota. Because of the diversity of bees, it is important to provide an array of plants to support their pollination efforts.  What is Pollination?

Autumn Growth

Fall is in full swing and now is a great time to think about planting new shrubs and trees in your landscape. Many experts agree that in the fall, tree and shrub roots are naturally growing aggressively, aided by warm soil and cooler, wetter weather. The cooler temps that fall brings are best for new root growth. Keep newly planted…

Preserving the Flavors of Summer

Do you enjoy eating juicy tomatoes grown from your garden in the summer and in the middle of winter? If the answer is “yes” then you are among the growing number of people that grow and harvest their food from earth to plate. There is such a satisfaction in growing your own food, eating it fresh and canning it to…

Hydrangeas, Here to Stay

Hydrangeas are versatile, easy to grow and a wonderful addition to the garden landscape. First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydro” meaning water and “angos” meaning jar or vessel. Hydrangeas have 70–75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia and the Americas. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia,…

Tomato, Tomahto

Did you know that tomatoes are the most popular garden vegetable (technically tomatoes are a fruit, but they're used more like a vegetable) in the U.S., with 95 percent of home gardeners planting them in their backyards and containers? There is nothing like taking the first juicy bite of your first homegrown tomato of the season. It is not uncommon…

Gardening to Improve your Health

When you think of the word gardening, do you cringe or start dreaming of digging in the dirt? Perhaps your answer depends upon your definition of gardening.

Plant Hope for the Future

Have you ever participated in an Arbor Day or Earth Day event? These annual celebrations are designed to inspire us to make a positive difference for our planet Earth. Yet, every ordinary day we are given the opportunity to benefit our environment. We may ask ourselves, “What can I do to help the Earth?” or “Will planting one tree really…

New Year 
Garden Resolution

Are you pondering making a New Year’s resolution, or do you avoid them so that you do not fail them? Whatever your answer is, you are in control of your own destiny. You are in control of what you eat, what you wear and what you say. You have the potential to do great things! So where are you going…

Helpful Holiday Plant Tips

Now is the time of year that we are giving or receiving Poinsettias, Christmas Cacti, Cyclamen or other flowering or green plants. When transporting them, protect them from the cold temperatures by sleeving them in plastic or paper. Remove this plastic or paper as soon as possible. If the plant has a foil cover over the pot, it is best…

Setting the Stage for the Holiday Season with Simplicity

Bring a touch of nature use kraft paper to wrap the gift, finish it off with a tip of an evergreen bough with a little ribbon or string. Setting the Stage for the Holiday Season with Simplicity 

Spruce tops – Add to your tired planters as soon as possible, if your soil has frozen, set them in the house to…