What Your Lawn Needs This Fall

September 26, 2012 |

Fall is the prime time to do lawn maintenance: fertilizing, weed control, aerating, reseeding even. But what does your lawn really need this fall: Water! We recently came upon a University of Minnesota Extension press release about fall lawn maintenance. In it, extension turf grass guru Sam Bauer says: The lack of precipitation in August…

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Five Easy Fall Container Ideas

September 25, 2012 |

By this time, most Minnesotans have experienced a frost or even a freeze, and that means summer container plantings may be looking a little raggedy. We could still have another month or more of decent weather, so why not update a container — or plant a new one — for fall. Here are five easy…

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How to Ripen Green Tomatoes

September 21, 2012 |

Frying, hanging, being wrapped in newspaper and stuffed in a box — life isn’t easy for a green tomato. For many northern gardeners, this year’s combination of uneven spring temperatures and a hot July that caused blossoms to drop has led to a bumper crop of green tomatoes. Of course, you can cover tomatoes during…

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Tips for Making Better Compost

September 19, 2012 |

Probably the most common advice given for improving your garden’s performance is to add compost. Compost improves soil fertility and texture. It’s packed with microorganisms that plants love and is the happy home to worms and other beneficial creatures. And, if you make it yourself, it’s free. But, many gardeners are stumped about how to…

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It's Time to Save Seeds for Next Year

September 14, 2012 |

With the vegetable garden bulging with produce and many flowers starting to fade, seed savers are on the look-out for the best plants in their garden. The reason is simple: The best plants yield the best seed. Gardeners save seed for many reasons. Some want to preserve heirloom varieties. Others want to save seeds so…

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