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Wait! Don’t let this fungus scare you off from reading this! This little guy is a beneficial fungus that holds the title of one of the oldest symbiotic relationships in the plant kingdom! Mycorrhizae are vital to a plants survival, just like humans need food, water and air to survive, plants need water, Phosphorus and Nitrogen to survive, and that’s exactly what the mycorrhizae assist with in each plant.
The holiday season is coming to a close, and a new year has begun. If you’ve been to a garden center recently, you’ve likely seen the variety of plants that are sold as holiday plants to celebrate Christmas. The poinsettias are always popular, along with other favorites, such as Amaryllis and Thanksgiving Cactus. The Nursery growers have made sure these plants look their best during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Once the holidays are over, people often discard these plants because they no longer have blooms to enjoy. But with proper care, these plants can continue to be grown and flourish in your home for years to come. Today we’ll look at some of these plants and how to care for them the rest of the year.
Winter is a quiet time of year in the garden. The flowers are no longer blooming, the pollinators have begun hibernating and the plants are dormant. A blanket of snow covers the landscape and allows us to take a break from outdoor garden activities. We often miss the lush green growth of summer and eagerly wait for spring when the garden will burst into bloom once again.
In order to attain a handsome stature, it’s critical to prune an Oak early in its life. This is what is called developmental pruning. It’s done when the tree is very young to encourage proper growth as it develops in your landscape. Once an Oak reaches maturity, it’s long past time to prune for proper growth.
by Barrie Anderson As I sit here typing this and glance outside my window, I spot my neighbor fertilizing his Balsam Fir. This typically wouldn't be an issue in the summer, except it is mid-August now and fertilizing any evergreens at this time, will actually...
Minnesota gardeners who cultivate roses in their landscapes are most likely keenly aware of pruning
methods. It's important to note there are three types of Roses that are commonly grown here in
Minnesota, the hybrid Tea Rose, the shrub Rose (aka Floribunda roses), and the climbing Rose, all of
which require slightly different pruning actions.
by Matthew Olson My earliest memory of gardening is from seventh grade, when I found some cucumber seeds in a kitchen drawer at our house. I planted a couple of the seeds in a container on our deck, and eagerly watched them grow throughout the summer. By the end of...
Hydrangeas. One of the more prolific blooming shrubs for Minnesota, that are extremely cold-hardy, durable, and did I forget to mention spectacular?