Your flower bed can be awash with color this summer and autumn if you plant some annual bedding plants now. Prices on plants often are lowered this time of year as garden centers wind down the planting season.
These bargains are especially welcome if the family dog has destroyed some plants or the rabbits took a hankering for your fancy petunias. You may have suffered damaged from frost, too much rain or the high winds that have swept the region much of the spring. Bedding plants can be put into the garden until mid-July, so you have plenty of time to fill in those hole and gaps in your gardens and borders and then enjoy their beauty until a killing frost.
When you live on a farm, wild creatures are part of country life and as long as they keep their distance, my family and I don’t have a problem sharing our space with them.
Lately, though, a couple critters have been getting too close for comfort. One is a skunk — or a family of them — that is living under a building near our garden.
Several thousand tiny Chinese wasps will be released this month in the Twin Cities in hopes they will help stop the spread of the dreaded emerald ash borer. These borers, now confined to the Twin Cities and a small corner of southeastern Minnesota, pose a threat to about a half million ash trees in the Twin Cities and nearly 1 billion statewide in Minnesota.
One upside of our cool, windy start to the summer is the lack of mosquitoes. Even though, we have a lot of standing water in the fields near our house, we haven’t had to battle the blood-sucking little monsters when we’re gardening, mowing and going on walks.
But we have been bugged by gnats. They swarmed around us when we were planting the garden and I’ve swallowed a few when I’ve been doing the trimming around the farmyard with the push mower.
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