In recent days I have had many homeowners call, send photos and come in with samples of brown, tightly curled worms found in the garden, along pavers; under garage doors and welcome mats; and in the damp recesses of their basements. All are concerned at the vast numbers of these yucky bugs, and want to know what to do. They've all got millipedes.
If your garden is running low on some of your favorites, don't fret! There is still plenty of time to plant vegetables for a fall harvest. In Alexandria, our average first frost date falls roughly around October 1, which leaves us a good 45 days to get things growing. Add to this some frost resistant plants, and you can have a wealth of late summer garden choices! Beets, some varieties of cabbage, kale and collard greens are the hardiest to plant, surviving temperatures into the 20s. They mature in 40-70 days.
I've recently received many calls from people who are struggling to find plants that bloomed in the shade. They were surprised to hear that there are choices beyond hostas and impatiens. In fact, there are quite a few shade loving plants that can add color and texture to your garden, some of which bloom throughout the summer. Shade gardening doesn't have to be frustrating; if you can grow hostas and impatiens, these beauties will do well in your perennial beds.
Many of our local conifers are really beginning to look ragged, and the questions have come pouring in! To determine why your tree is ailing, you first need to know exactly what kind of conifer you have— fir, spruce, hemlock, cedar, larch or pine.
On Saturday, May 20, the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County will host their Annual Spring Plant Sale at the Viking Plaza Mall in Alexandria. At 9 a.m. there will be a presentation on Texture in the Garden, followed by the sale starting promptly at 9:15 a.m.
The annual harbinger of spring has arrived. The spring lawn care questions have begun in earnest, specifically, when to start treating for crabgrass. If you want to preemptively strike out against this menace, the following information should help in your home lawn defense.
Knowing when to water and how much to water is a challenge for any gardener. Too much water at the wrong time and place can cause fungal disease. Not enough water in the right place can lead to stunted, stressed plants susceptible to disease and insect infestation. To get your garden started in the right direction, let's begin with five easy things you can do to conserve your water this summer.
The unseasonably warm spring encouraged avid home gardeners to get a jump start on their veggies, potatoes, onions, peas, lettuce, spinach and radishes. So what should you next? Plant a...
Square foot gardening, bio-intensive gardening, keyhole gardening … all are terms used to capture the challenges and provide solutions for gardeners who have limited space in which to grow their...