Growing aApple production in Minnesota dates to the territorial days before 1858. When large numbers of settlers from northern European arrive to take up homesteads, they wanted to plant apple trees. But they had to contend with our severe cold first.pple, fruit trees takes patience
With August soon history, many gardeners are starting fall preparations in their gardens. While we still have more than a month of summer left to enjoy, autumn is just around the corner for those of us who will soon start winter preparation as well.
Lush, full-figured flowers are a perfect way to describe the beauty of the late-summer blooming hydrangeas we are now enjoying in many gardens. When the blooms first appear in early summer, they are a lime green. Now, as we go into the final third of summer, they are snowy-white. They will take center stage now as many of the other flowers begin to decline.
Six Grand Forks and East Grand Forks gardens are in the line-up for the silver anniversary Grand Forks Horticulture Society garden tour next weekend. The gardens selected for the tour represent both new and former tour gardens.
Warm summer weather finally has arrived which means it’s time to mulch our gardens.
Summer mulch, which can range from well-rotted compost to a wide variety of other plant materials, is said to be the gardener’s best friend. We agree.
Butterflies can add beauty and whimsy to any floral garden. These winged beauties with a short lifespan are perfect guests. While we enjoy the beauty of our gardens, perhaps sipping on lemonade or relaxing in a hummock, we can watch these summer dazzlers flutter about.
If you are in hurry to see fabulous tulips in bloom, there are several sites in Iowa and Michigan that host tulip festivals. These events draw thousands who come not only to see the flowers, but to enjoy Dutch heritage, including cuisine, crafts and parades. Several years ago, the Prairie Gardener took a bus tour to western Michigan to take in the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Mich., near Grand Rapids.
A well-maintained lawn is the basic element of an attractive home landscape.
Such a lawn can be yours with minimal effort. Unlike many woody and herbaceous plants, grass is very unforgiving. Early spring is a perfect time to begin work on that perfect lawn, which will be the envy of your neighbors.
Melinda Myers, who boosts more than a quarter of a century of horticultural experience in both hands-on and instructional settings, will be the headline speaker at the 19th annual Gardening Saturday on April 18 at East Grand Forks Senior High School
Hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the school at 1420 Fourth Ave. NW. The Gardening Saturday theme is “Gardening Is Divine in 2009.’’
First-time gardeners who are planting vegetable plots this spring may need some pointers. So, let’s call this column “Vegetable Gardening 101.”
Throughout the country, judging from seed sale figures, others are also contemplating digging up the backyard and planting vegetables. In these times of financial distress, these have been dubbed “recession gardens.” Even Michelle Obama, first lady, will have a vegetable garden on the White House grounds. That hasn’t occurred since World War II when Eleanor Roosevelt was in residence.
Planting vegetable or flower seeds or plants can save money, allow you to choose from a wider variety and help you get an early start. In the case of cannas or dahlias, it also allows you to enjoy these blooming beauties longer.
For diehard gardeners, it’s also a good way to get into the swing of planting while our landscape is still locked in winter. Although spring officially arrived last week, based on the calendar, it still will be a month or longer before we will be out in the garden.
Growing a vegetable garden isn’t going to balance the budget or replace lost benefits or even begin to make up for the shock of a lost job, but it’s one small way to help people suffering in wake of one of the worst economic crises to face us since the Great Depression.
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