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From The Ground Up

  Don't have space for a garden? You can still grow vegetables and herbs in containers! Here, we give several key tips for successfully growing container vegetables this season:   1) Peruse seed catalogs and garden centers to find varieties well-suited for containers   Some varieties do better in...
  Hurrah! Here we are in mid-May...and either the last spring frost date has passed where you live, or it's just about to. If you don't know what date that is, check out this interactive map by the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. Or this DNR map of frost dates based on average temperatures....
Ramps emerging in early April, one of the first woodland plants.Photo: Shane Bugeja     Growing up in Iowa, I remember the first green thing I would see after three (maybe four) snowy months was wild ramps (Allium tricoccum). We were fortunate to have a significant part of the backyard in...
Winter is a time when you assume you get a respite from the insects of summer. While that is true most of the time, you may still cross paths with a few insects. A variety of insects use buildings to hide in when it gets cold and can be seen walking around your home even in the dead of winter. One...
Ask Extension: We've got Answers for Your Lawn Care Questions! May 04, 2020 Photo: Gail Hudson, UMN Extension Communications It happens every year...things start greening up, and you notice everything that's not so great about your lawn--especially compared to the neighbors! Our "Ask Extension"...
Smart Garden 2020: What you can do in early May May 04, 2020 Photo: Gail Hudson, UMN Extension Communcations   At last! The weather is turning spring-like in much of the state and we can finally be out in our yards and gardens. It's always exciting to see new and old favorite plants coming up and...
Quick facts These nine flowers attracted the most pollinators in a study of more than 30 annual flower varieties. Annual flowers are not hardy in Minnesota and must be replanted each year. Annual flowers provide color and interest in a landscape and are some of the easiest plants to grow. ...
Supermarkets and other food merchants are allowed to stay open as "essential" retailers amid the mass shutdowns prompted by the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Along with banks, gas stations and takeout restaurants, supermarkets are among the few places that people are allowed to visit to procure the...   Gardeners across Minnesota have been starting seedlings at home. While we hope your seedlings are healthy and vigorous, some of you are likely seeing some common problems such as seedling collapse, or tall...   Crocus blooming in Mary Meyer's lawn--an early nectar and pollen source for pollinators.Photo: Mary Meyer, UMN Extension With our screen time now being ALL time, many people are looking for credible online...


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