October 04, 2019
Spring crocus. Photo: Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension
Are you thinking of planting some spring bulbs this fall? You might think about planting several kinds of bulbs which attract pollinators. These early flowering bulbs are sometimes the only flowers out in early spring and...
Jack Tillman and Annie Klodd from UMN check out Keepsake Cidery's orchard in September, 2019. Photo: Annie Klodd.
University of Minnesota Extension Educator Annie Klodd, in collaboration with researchers in...
September 06, 2019
Squash blossom. Photo: Natalie Hoidal, UMN Extension
We’ve heard multiple reports of pumpkin and squash plants not producing well this year. Some plants have no fruit at all, and others produced fewer fruit than usual.
If this happened in your garden, there are a few...
September 20, 2019
Harvesting and labeling pumpkins for a variety trial at Rod's Berry Farm in Cambridge, MN. Photo: Annie Klodd
It's the most wonderful time of the year - pumpkin time! You can buy your 2019 pumpkins or winter squash directly from a local farmer via a roadside pumpkin stand, or ...
Food safety starts with cleaning!
Wash hands for 20 seconds
Wet hands under hot running water. Add lots of soap.
Rub and wash back of hands, wrists, between fingers and under fingernails for 20 seconds.
Rinse well under running water.
Dry with paper towels.
Use paper to turn off the water faucet....
Ripe Frostbite™ apples
To tell if an apple is ripe
Look for a change in the background color, the part of the skin not covered with red color.
When the background color (also called ground color) begins to change from green to a greenish yellow color, the apple is starting to ripen.
August 31, 2018
Cool weather is a reminder that fall is not far away and soon gardeners will be preparing the landscape for winter. Many plant pathogens are able to survive winter in gardens in...
New plant disease: Sudden Oak Death Disease
A reddish brown "bleeding" canker that signals the appearance of
Sudden Oak Death Disease. Red liquid seeps out from cracks in the bark.Photo: Bruce Motzan, USDA...
Wild Thyme (Thymus serpyllum)
Wild or creeping thyme, Thymus serpyllum, is an easy to grow ground cover plant that is attractive to bees and is now recommended for low maintenance or bee lawns. Although related to cooking thyme, wild thyme has low culinary value, is hardy in USDA Zone 4 and grows...
Do you believe that if you collect clippings from a weedy lawn, it will cut down on the
number of weeds next year? What about bagging clippings to cut down on the amount of
thatch in your turf?