Growing plants from seed can be a fun and exciting project to jump-start the gardening season for the whole family. Growing seeds is a lot less difficult and time consuming than most people believe. Here are some basics to get you started: Supplies- -Containers – the most efficient, space-saving containers are the cell-based trays you will find at the garden center, generally 1″ x 1″ cells that make up a tray. Believe it or not, this is all the space…
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Posted by Sarah on August 21st 2016 in
Feed your yard and garden; it’s hungry and would love for you to adopt a regular dinner schedule. The thanks you get will be a green lawn, healthy garden plants and big healthy veggies. There’s never a wrong time to amend your garden soil. Amend=DinnerTime! If you raise garden fresh veggies you know that turning in compost, manure, coffee grounds, bone meal or garden tone regularly is an easy way to…
Posted by Sarah on August 7th 2016 in
Just arrived at sunnyside is a tasty blueberry that isn’t anything BLUE but is everything you want in a berry. Sweet. Hardy. Self-Pollinating. Pink and plump. Great fall color. The Pink Popcorn Blueberry will make your mouth come alive with each little chomp. Creamy white/pink berries mature after a flush of spring white blossoms cover the plant. Unlike other blueberries, this one doesn’t need to cross pollinate and will thrive…
Posted by Sarah on August 3rd 2016 in
Sneak a peek at some of the great gardens in your neighborhood, keep in mind it might be your garden, and take note of the August bloomers. Things we are seeing around town are hazy purple Smokebush, gazillions of Hydrangeas of all shapes and sizes, Rudbeckia blossoms big and small, white sprays of Baby’s Breath and orange pillows of Butterfly Weed. The ornamental grasses are growing tall, wide and thinking…
Posted by Sarah on July 20th 2016 in
Theyyyy’re Baaaack! Japanese beetles took a break the last few years from most gardens after suffering great decline in numbers from the COLD 2013-2014 winter. These shimmery, shiny garden pests love to hang onto your vines, roses, apple trees and other garden tasty treats. With a shake of a branch or a spray of a hose, Japanese beetles will drop to the ground, play dead and then go right back…
Posted by Sarah on July 11th 2016 in
It’s time to check in on your container plants and newly planted perennials and shrubs. I feel bad when I see people/plant relationships go bad. Here’s a solution for you to try on your own. It seems that not just your children need attention, but your plants do too. Fertilizer and water are on the menu for the day and NO ONE’s complaining. So often you pick out a…
Posted by Sarah on June 23rd 2016 in
Recognize pollinators this week by planting something you know they’re going to enjoy. Butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy the color and fragrance of lantana plants. In the tropical summer climate of Minnesota these delightful flowers are used in containers and hanging baskets for reliable color. Lantana draw the attention of people, hummingbirds and butterflies alike. Lantana are available in a variety of colors, grow well in full sun and enjoy regular,…