Pots and Plants
By the month of July all plants are growing and doing what they are supposed to do. The most questions asked at this time of year are about deadheading and fertilizing. Deadheading is not always a desirable task. It is not hard, but time consuming. Almost all flowers benefit from removing spent bloo...Read More
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The month of June brings a final planting date for almost all of us. Some plant early, some late, but our final goal seems to be June. Walking around the gardens looking to see what is springing up is a favorite of mine, especially the clematis. If it has weathered our winter, it should be [...]...Read More
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Nothing brings more pleasure than to see a very red bird on our feeder in winter. Cardinals are a common sight to most of us in the Midwest. They were originally a bird of the southern states, but have gradually moved north. Cardinals are not migrating birds and some suspect it is because of bird [....Read More
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A TV program recently had a segment of the practice of planting in straw bales. This is not a new idea, but has been around a while. This method is claimed to be unequaled if you have poor soil, no soil, a bad back, no gardening utensils or are concerned about cost. Diseases and weeds [...]...Read More
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Browsing through the numerous seed catalogs received entices us to buy seeds and start them ourselves. With an over abundance of plants available in garden centers, why would we want to start our own? I have several reasons why I do. It is less expensive as plants seem to get more costly each year. ...Read More
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Flowering shrubs available for our Central Minnesota region are numerous. They are excellent for landscaping as we can choose small, large, any color and adaptability to various soil conditions. The greatest problem we can have is not choosing the right size for our landscaping needs. You must consi...Read More
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Dahlias can be a favorite flower in any landscape, they are easy to grow, available in a large variety of colors and types, and continuously bloom from midsummer until fall frost. March is the time to remove them from storage and start sprouting the tubers if you wish to have earlier blooms. To dete...Read More
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