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 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,…
Posted by Sarah on June 12th 2016 in
We have always enjoyed planting flowers that attract beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds, and now with the concern turned toward our treasured pollinators, the bees, we are planting things that bees really enjoy too. Many of the perennial flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds are also great pollinators for bees. These garden friends that we are creating an environment for need both pollen and nectar. Nectar is the sweet fluid produced by flowers.…
Posted by Sarah on June 9th 2016 in
Mulching is a little garden task that has a lot of purpose. Let’s face it, many of us mulch specifically for curb appeal. It really is amazing to drive up to your home and see your freshly mulched landscape and garden. Let’s talk about some gardening functions of mulch. The two big benefits are simple; it holds in moisture and keeps the weeds down. After a good watering or rain…
Posted by Sarah on May 30th 2016 in
Peonies are about to burst! These colossal blooming perennials always catch my eye and my nose. Hurry up and stake yours if you haven’t yet, they are about to bloom in the landscape and that means they’re going to get top heavy. Aside from that little chore, I love everything about peonies from the many colors they offer, to their varying shapes and sizes. As a cut flower in a…