THE DIRT: THE REAL DIRT ON GARDENING FROM A MASTER GARDENER IN MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA Amaryllis update
I just had to share a photo of the Amaryllis on my desk--I can't believe how much it's grown in the past two weeks since I potted it up!
(I took this photo with my phone, so my apologies for the po... Posted on 11/30/12 at 8:13 AM
THE NEW FORTY If you give a plant lover an employee discount...
Believe it or not, I had never visited Baker Nursery in Fargo until today. I have passed it a hundred times, but I never stopped in.
Today I stopped in for what I thought was going to be five minutes... Posted on 4/30/12 at 9:57 PM
OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Plant Imperilled
B.G. doesn't know it, but he is in mortal peril right now.
My aloe plant, B.G., is sitting there in his gorgeous blue-and-violet pot, surrounded by his three beautiful children (the youngest is proba... Posted on 4/6/12 at 8:00 PM
THE FLENSBURGER FILES BUGA- The German Garden and Horticulture Show 2011: Koblenz
(Written as a co-column with sister column The Bridgehunters Chronicles)
People take pride in gardening, a pastime where they plant whatever they want, make their houses and apartments attractive e... Posted on 10/27/11 at 6:58 AM
FAR SIDE OF FIFTY Wild Iris
It is summer now, we have had summer for three whole days..and it has rained and rained. Finally yesterday afternoon we saw the sun. That has been our weather pattern, it rains for three o... Posted on 6/24/11 at 5:05 AM
After considering more than 100 nominations, a panel of experts gleaned the final list. Plants were judged by their impacts — positive and negative — in six areas: environmental, economic or industrial, cultural or spiritual, historical, sustenance, and landscape.
Plants are keeping their double-barreled Latin names. But descriptions can now be written in either Latin or English. In the plant world, any step away from Latin is controversial, with some criticizing it as a travesty, and others heralding it as long overdue.
The Obama administration is taking steps to extend new federal protections to a list of imperiled animals and plants that reads like a manifest for Noah's Ark — from the melodic golden-winged warbler and slow-moving gopher tortoise, to the slimy American eel and tiny Texas kangaroo rat.
he problem of hungry deer can be a headache for homeowners and an economic disaster for tree farmers, nurseries and foresters. And deer deterrents on the market until now tended to wash off in any rain. But a Duluth scientist has developed a way for plants to absorb hot pepper concentrate into their roots and up into the leaves, rendering them too hot for deer to munch.
Most farmers in southeastern Minnesota are nearly finished harvesting corn, but Bill Beckman of rural Zumbrota has been done for months. As an alternative to yellow corn, he’s been developing an 85-day white corn hybrid using classic Mendelian genetics.
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