Resource Hub Home Plants Growing Food Garden Solutions Seasonal Guide Community Resources Blogs, Books, Podcasts... Garden Solutions Planting for Pollinators Planting a Pollinator Tea Garden Create a garden that will nourish both pollinators and people. Plant Herbs for Pollinators It’s a good idea to plant herbs for pollinators, because so many herbs are useful plants for the larvae of butterflies and useful moths. What Is A Bee Lawn? We’re seeing more interest in “bee lawns,” including support from the state of Minnesota to encourage lawns that are good for pollinators and the planet. Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden Tips and strategies for encouraging hummingbirds into your garden. Best Plants for Hummingbirds Here's what to plant if you're looking to attract hummingbirds. Gardening for Pollinators: Nesting Habitat and Specialist Bees A handy guide of resources compiled by Julia Brokaw about gardening to support bee habitat. Lawns to Legumes: Your Yard Can BEE the Change Learn about the Lawns to Legumes pilot program and how you can get involved. Help Pollinators by Planting a Bee-Friendly Lawn In this article, Mary Meyer and Michelle Wisdom discuss the Bee Lawn Demonstration at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Top 10 Native Pollinator Plants Brought to you by Birds, Bees, & Butterflies - Bemidji, check out this list of top native plants that are super foods for pollinators in Minnesota. How to Build a Bee House Learn how you can build this shelter and help attract mason and leaf-cutter bees. Soft Landings: Critical Habitat for Pollinators This article by Heather Holm centers around the importance of soft landings, native plantings for pollinators under keystone trees. How to Create Habitat for Stem-nesting Bees A helpful guide from the UMN Bee Lab on what steps you can take to support stem-nesting bees. Best Plants for Hummingbirds MSHS Pollinator Paks contain many pollinator-friendly plants - here are the ones hummingbirds love! Best Plants for Butterflies Here are Heather Holm's recommendations for best plants for butterflies for different sun and soil conditions. Pollinator Paks™ Look for Pollinator Paks™ at garden centers and nurseries late May through September. Each pack includes six plants, ready to drop in the ground and known to attract pollinators. Upper Midwest Citizen Scientist Pollinator Monitoring Guide: Native Bees A guide from the Xerces Society on how to monitor native bees in pollinator habitats. Plant Profile: Monarda Punctata Also known as Spotted Bee Balm, this plant is a pollinator magnet! Pollinator Conservation and Climate Change Check out these resources about gardening to support pollinators amidst the challenges of a changing climate. UMN Bee Lab Flowering Lawns and Land Managers Toolkit Interested in the benefits of a flowering lawn? Take a look at these resources. Planting and Maintaining a Bee Lawn Helpful tips for transitioning towards a pollinator-friendly lawn. Annual Flowers That Attract Pollinators 9 annual flowers that attracted the most pollinators in a study that looked at more than 30 annual flowers. Brought to you by the UMN Extension. Guide to Minnesota Bumble Bees: Female and Male Learn all about Minnesota's bumble bees in this UMN Extension guide. Plants Pollinators Love A down-to-business, no-frills list of favorite plants for pollinators. Native Plants Native Plant ID Resources Xerces Society's Karin Jokela shares her favorite websites, apps and books for identifying native plants. Alternatives to Invasive Plants Here are some alternatives to invasive plants, including some popular garden plants that are threatening native areas. Northern Natives: Whorled Milkweed This Milkweed species is an important host plant for many pollinators, blooming later in the season and in drought conditions. Native Aster Species for Northern Gardeners Garden designer Benjamin Vogt takes a deeper look at the wide array of Aster varieties and their many benefits in your garden. Native Plant Landscaping for Wetlands and Rain Gardens Webinar In this MSHS webinar, ecological restoration specialist Cheryl Culbreth discusses native plants that thrive in wet conditions. Pollinator Conservation Resources - Great Lakes Region Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation provides region-specific resources about planning, creating, maintaining, and restoring pollinator habitat. Native Plant Identification Webinar In this webinar, pollinator conservation planner Karin Jokela shares handy tools and resources to help identify native plants. Learn about Native Plants Explore the benefits and different varieties of natives. Also, find which species grow best in various conditions, from dry prairies to wet meadows to shallow water. Native Columbine Delicate, dangling blooms of red petals with yellow stamens often turn up in the most unexpected places. Plant Profile: Eastern Red Columbine Learn more about this versatile native plant and its growing conditions. Minnesota Wildflowers This website offers an extensive field guide to native and non-native wild plants that grow in Minnesota. Top 10 Native Pollinator Plants Brought to you by Birds, Bees, & Butterflies - Bemidji, check out this list of top native plants that are super foods for pollinators in Minnesota. Diseases Disease Resistant Basils Basil Downy Mildew disease and a desire for something different have led gardeners to search for disease resistant varieties of basil. Downy Mildew Resistant Impatiens Cultivars Before, nothing could keep impatiens downy mildew at bay - now, it’s time to plant impatiens again. Aster Yellows vs. Eriophyid Mites on Coneflower Learn about these two common plant issues and which could be impacting your garden. Tomato Diseases Blossom end rot and early blight made an appearance in 2013... What's Wrong with My Plant? Diagnose problems in the yard and garden caused by insects, diseases and nonliving factors using the University of Minnesota's Plant Pathogen Tool. What to Do About Scorched Plants Discovering that your plants have crispy, browning edges? Find out more about potential causes of leaf scorch and what you can do. Invasive Plants Buckthorn Control Resources A handout from our Buckthorn Control Made Easy webinar provides a list of helpful resources for managing this invasive plant. Canada Thistle A "Prohibited Noxious Weed" in MN, Canada Thistle presents many challenges to the health of the region's prairies, wetlands, savannas and other habitats. How to Deal with Creeping Charlie This article explores different perspectives on creeping Charlie and how you can approach the presence of this plant in your garden. Pests Jumping Worms in MN Here's what we know so far, with links to additional resources. The European Chafer Beetle in MN A new and potentially very destructive lawn pest has been discovered for the first time in Minnesota. Magnolia Scale This insect has been around for years and can be devastating to magnolias. Here's what you need to know. Garden Solution: Spider Mites A helpful guide on how to navigate and manage spider mites in your garden. Invasive Jumping Worms Lecture - PBS Wisconsin In this PBS Wisconsin University Place Lecture, Brad Herrick, an ecologist at the UW-Madison Arboretum, presents on the basic biology and identification of earthworms. A New Invader: Jumping Worms "Jumping worms can destroy soil and forests, and gardeners are on the front lines." Written by Gail Hudson, this story is featured in the January/February 2022 issue of the Northern Gardener magazine. Invasive Jumping Worms Impacts and prevention explained by Dr. Lee Frelich, Director of the Center for Forest Ecology at the UMN. Japanese Beetle Facts Japanese beetles can be a significant landscape pest and difficult to tolerate, particularly when they first become abundant in an area. Three Bad Bugs for Northern Gardeners Three insects University of Minnesota entomologist Jeff Hahn thinks northern gardeners should watch out for... Squash Vine Borers: What to Know Tips on how to protect your plants from these insects and prevent an infestation. Jumping Worms and Compost Facilities Webinar Hosted by the Minnesota Composting Council, this webinar discusses strategies for preventing the spread of jumping worms at compost and mulch sites. Soil Amendment How to Get The Most Out of Your Mulch There are proven benefits to using mulch in the garden, but it’s important to choose the appropriate type. Compost for Beginners Compost makes a lot of sense once you’ve been gardening awhile, but can be confusing to new gardeners. Tips for Making Better Compost Probably the most common advice given for improving your garden’s performance is to add compost. Best Books for Building Soil To build better soil, the basic rule is add compost. For a more detailed discussion, check out these books. Resources for Building Healthy Soil From book recommendations to educational resources and more, this document offers an expansive list of resources tied to supporting soil health. Vermi-composting Webinar Curious to learn how you can build high-quality compost yourself? Watch this MSHS webinar presented by Nick Schneider! What is a Soil Amendment? A soil amendment is anything added to soil to improve its abilities, including water retention and absorption. An Herbal Compost Tea for Your Plants University of Minnesota Master Gardener Shari Mayer discusses using herbs to create a potent compost tea. How-To: Soil Percolation Test Northern Gardener's Nancy Rose talks about the difference soil makes in what you can grow and how you approach gardening. How-To: Soil Texture Test Horticulturist Nancy Rose talks about the importance of knowing your soil for more garden success. Sustainable Gardening Sustainable Roses for Northern Gardeners Randy Nelson and David Zlesak report on roses that are particularly adapted to different climates. Plant Solutions for Soggy Sites Wondering what to do with the cranberry bog in your backyard? Try these design tips for moisture loving plants instead! 82 Realistically Sustainable Gardening Tips Go beyond organic with these creative, real-world ideas for more sustainable gardening. Rain Barrel Basics: Why, How to Set One Up, and Winterizing Learn about how to conserve and reuse water in your garden through this guide on rain barrels. Tips for Heatwave Gardening Along with the challenges of growing in cold climates, northern gardeners must also navigate extreme heat. Learn about strategies for heatwave gardening. What is a Bee Lawn? There are numerous benefits to growing a bee-friendly lawn. What is a bee lawn, exactly? Click here to find out more. Abundant Lawns, Landscapes, and Gardens Webinar Learn how to grow a healthy, thick lawn, luscious gardens, and thriving trees and shrubs in this presentation by Russ Henry and Chesney Engquist, owners of Minnehaha Falls Landscaping. How to Create a Food Forest Russ Henry of Minnehaha Falls Landscaping outlines in this article the eight "intertwined layers in a well-planned food forest." Rainscaping for Water Efficiency Gardeners employing a variety of techniques to keep rainwater on their properties protect local watersheds. Sustainable Hardscaping for an Earth-Wise Garden Consider the more stony parts of a garden, such as pathways, fences, and outdoor furniture. To Lawn or Not to Lawn, that is the Question More gardeners are choosing to forgo lawns in favor of more environmentally-friendly options. Effective Watering Strategies for Northern Gardeners Effective watering strategies are foundational to a successful northern garden. Learn when, how much, and how to water. Creating an Eco-Friendly Yard A comprehensive guide of tips, resources, and plant recommendations to transform your yard. Plant Selection: Right Plant, Right Place, Right Purpose! Learn from Extension educator Julie Weisenhorn about sustainable plant selection and what factors to consider when choosing plants to grow. How Can We Make the Most of Our Edible Gardens? Growing Tips from Kevin Espiritu Youtube star Kevin Espiritu shares his top 5 tips for increasing your garden's yield in this SUNSET article. Backyard Food Forests Webinar Learn how to transform your yard into an abundant food forest in this MSHS webinar, hosted by Russ Henry of Minnehaha Falls Landscaping. Tough Growing Locations Hydroponic Gardening Webinar Hydroponic expert Larry Cipolla outlines easy ways to grow a variety of vegetables without soil in this MSHS webinar. Pots vs. Raised Beds vs. Traditional Beds Should you plant their garden in the ground, or in raised beds, or even in pots? Each of these choices has advantages—and disadvantages. Rug Gardens: Big Harvests, Little Spaces Join the discussion about what it would take to grow food for two from a 9-by-12 foot plot—what they called a “rug garden.” Growing Perennials in Containers Learn about some options for how to grow perennials in containers in northern gardens. Overwintering Tropical Plants In northern gardens, many tropical plants need special care to survive the colder months. Learn more about why and how to overwinter. Building a Raised Bed with Legs There are several reasons to consider adding elevated garden beds into your garden. And you can build one yourself! Growing Organic Edibles in Small Spaces Webinar Think creatively about the many ways and places you can grow fruits and vegetables! Watch this MSHS webinar to learn more. Rain Gardens Slow Water/Add Beauty to Landscape Learn about how rain gardens crucially support resilient urban landscapes in this Minnesota Farm Guide article. How to Build a Low Tunnel Low tunnels are a great investment to extend your season, especially in locations with unpredictable springs. Landscaping for Shade with Native Plants Webinar Watch this MSHS Webinar to learn from Cheryl Culbreth, an Ecological Restoration Specialist, as she shares her favorite native plants for shady spots. Shade Tolerant Vegetables to Try There are shade tolerant vegetables, especially if you have partial shade or dappled shade. Extreme Gardening: Duluth “Extreme Gardening" offers suggestions for gardening in extreme weather, such as heat, humidity, cold, drought and flood — and, of course, snow, which we have dealt with so much. Add a Cold Frame to Extend the Season Hoping to extend the growing season of your garden? Learn how a cold frame can make it possible to continue growing greens, root vegetables, and more as winter approaches. Strategies for the First Frost and Beyond What does the first frost mean for your garden? Gain some insight on how to navigate and prepare for this transition into winter. Building Raised Bed Gardens: 2 Basic Options Building a raised bed doesn't have to a difficult. Read this article to learn how to build a basic box. Hellstrip Gardening Jen Ehlert provides helpful advice for establishing and maintaining successful boulevard gardens in this resource. Hellstrip Gardening Webinar Enjoy this hour-long webinar by presenter Jen Ehlert on boulevard garden design and maintenance. Weeds Getting Rid of Garlic Mustard Cheryl Culbreth, founder of Landscape Restoration, Inc. shares resources for battling this noxious weed. Canada Thistle Laura Schwarz discusses invasive species removal with Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense). Have You Tried Weedless Gardening? Lee Reich's primer on weedless gardening for Northern Gardener. Identifying Weeds This UMN Extension diagnostic tool will help you identify and manage common weeds. How To Deal With Creeping Charlie Laura Schwarz weighs in about Creeping Charlie, formally known as Glechoma hederacea. Minnesota Noxious Weeds List Noxious weeds - annual, biennial, or perennial plants that have the potential to threaten human or animal health.