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 November 12th 2015 in
Can you leave ceramic pots, glazed or unglazed, out in the MN winter? Sunnyside Gardens recommends you not leave them out. If you have to keep them out because of size or because you decorate with them, for the former, I suggest you try to remove soil and/or let them get as dry as you can. I’ve seen some people cover them in plastic too. If you do get splits…
Posted by Sarah on November 1st 2015 in
Hey Minnesota gardeners! Anyone have this trouble after last winter? Seems as the snow gets higher, the rabbits snack further up on trees and shrubs in our yards. Start training your neighborhood rabbits to stay away by applying repellents to bottoms and surrounding low branches of your arborvitae. We recommend Liquid Fence, Shake Away and Bonide brand repellants. All are all natural, containing extracts of stinky plants, peppery…
Posted by Sarah on October 21st 2015 in
We are in the middle of a dry Fall, so I must advise everyone that you water your evergreens well this week! El niño-unseasonably warm fall weather and a warmer than usual winter on the horizon. Turn on the sprinkler and start watering those evergreens. Arborvitae, spruce, yews, and boxwood keep photosynthesizing even on the coldest days of winter and they need water now to keep them happy. Water your…
Posted by Sarah on October 11th 2015 in
Time to designate your favorite sunny window for plants a plenty. Don’t be fooled by the sun and 80 degrees this weekend, the season that comes after fall starts with a ‘W’ and isn’t kind to anything leafy and tropical. For the best, most successful transfer of plants to the indoors consider planting your plants into new pots and adding some fresh soil. Most potting soils available have a light…
Posted by Sarah on September 29th 2015 in
What started out as an after hours employee soiree has become an, everyone’s invited, neighborhood pumpkin celebration. Combine your love for Fall and pumpkins with the need for speed! Join us October 10th and bring your entry for the Pumpkin Derby. Get creative and get fast. The rules are as follows: Your derby entry must: 1. include at least one real pumpkin (multiple pumpkins on one derby car is OK)…
Posted by Sarah on September 28th 2015 in
You may enjoy some solitary, peaceful down time in the yard, but those moments when you can get everyone involved feels really great too. The whole family working on a project together can be a fun endeavor and a bit of a learning experience for the little guys and gals. Before you get started it’s good to have a plan of attack and to define areas that are more conducive…