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I want to reuse the soil from my 20+ window boxes instead of replacing it this year. How do I amend the soil so it can support plants for another year? —Nancy Arneson
I have many mature arborvitae evergreen shrubs on my property. The bunnies had a field day on them this winter. They ate off lower branches & stripped alot of the bark leaving it exposed. What can I do to save…
Last frost date
When is the last frost date for us in Minnesota, Minneapolis area? Should I start my seedlings indoors now? —Mark
How to pot tree top pots when the soil is frozen?
How to plant decorative urns for winter if soil is already frozen? —kim
King Tut Papyrus
What are the very tall, green stems with fuzzy tops in the pots near your store? —joyce swenson
Is there an organic product that will kill creeping charlie without harming our perennial garden? —Caroline
vines & beetles
I have a vine growing on my fence. Don’t know the name of it, but the leaves turn brilliant red in the fall. Last year, some kind of beetle ate all the leaves. It is growing back nicely this year,…
When will you be stocking all kinds of ornamental grasses…forester grass in particular. Thanks. —Jane
Sowing Cold Crops Outdoors
When can I seed lettuce and other cold loving vegetables directly into my garden? —Tim
Is it time to uncover perennial beds? March 23
March 23. Is it too early to remove hay/straw from my perennials, hydrangeas, and new trees? I just planted a new garden in the fall and am reluctant to chance it, but I see green sprouts in my established beds.…
Are pansy flowers really edible? Also, how cold can they really take it? When will you have pansies available?
Are pansy flowers really edible? Also, how cold can they really take it? When will you have pansies available? —Julie
Can I start my seeds now?
Can I start my seeds now? —Dana
How often should I water geraniums?
I’m growing geraniums from seed indoors in a small pot. I’ve read conflicting pieces of advice on how often to water them. How often should I be watering them? —Alison Barrett