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August 31, 2018 https://blog-yard-garden-news.extension.umn.edu/2018/08/fall-cleanup-key-to-reducing-risk-for.html   Cool weather is a reminder that fall is not far away and soon gardeners will be preparing the landscape for winter. Many plant pathogens are able to survive winter in gardens in...
New plant disease: Sudden Oak Death Disease blog-yard-garden-news.extension.umn.edu/2019/08/new-plant-disease-sudden-oak-death.html   A reddish brown "bleeding" canker that signals the appearance of Sudden Oak Death Disease. Red liquid seeps out from cracks in the bark.Photo: Bruce Motzan, USDA...
Wild Thyme (Thymus serpyllum) Wild or creeping thyme, Thymus serpyllum, is an easy to grow ground cover plant that is attractive to bees and is now recommended for low maintenance or bee lawns. Although related to cooking thyme, wild thyme has low culinary value, is hardy in USDA Zone 4 and grows...
https://blog-yard-garden-news.extension.umn.edu/2019/07/bagging-your-grass-clippings-lets-clear.html Do you believe that if you collect clippings from a weedy lawn, it will cut down on the number of weeds next year? What about bagging clippings to cut down on the amount of thatch in your turf? Get...
Quick facts Know the average first frost date in your area will help you calculate when to plant these late vegetables. Some vegetables will tolerate some frost and keep growing even when temperatures are in the low forties. Others cannot tolerate frost and stop growing in cool weather. Cool-season...
One of the joys of summer is homegrown sweet corn, picked right outside your back door and plopped straight into a pot of boiling water or onto the grill. The advantage of having a home garden is that you can pick and savor your vegetables when they are at their optimal flavor. But how can you...
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced yesterday (July 25) that the viburnum leaf beetle (VLB), Pyrrhalta viburni, has been confirmed in Minnesota in Eden Prairie. VLB is an invasive insect species from Europe and is now found in scattered infestations throughout northeastern U.S....
Become a Smarter Gardener in 2019: 5 tips for a safe harvest Fresh, ripe tomatoes. Yum! Photo: Gail Hudson, Extension Communications Most people are well aware of basic food safety practices in the kitchen, such as washing hands before preparing food or keeping raw meat separate from other foods....
Photo: Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension Container plants are a great way to have lots of green in a small space. They often require a bit more attention than plants growing in a garden, but a little maintenance can go a long way towards healthy, productive container plants. Fertilize regularly ...
Bees rely on flowers to supply them with the food they need to survive. Some flowers (e.g. tomatoes) provide only pollen, the main source of protein for bees. Other flowers (e.g. clovers) provide both nectar and pollen, thus providing both protein and carbohydrates. There are hundreds of different...

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