On January 31, 2020, I wrote an article in the Yard and Garden News about how to prepare soil for planting blueberries. Today, I want to provide some tips for establishing a raspberry patch, based on...
Author Annalisa Hultberg, Extension Educator, on-farm food safety
As our state and the nation responds to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working with fruit and vegetable growers...
Even without social distancing, Minnesota gardeners get a little stir crazy this time of year. We are teased by 60 degree days, warm sun and snow melt. We're itching to rake our grass and clean up garden beds. Spring ahead daylight savings time means it's still light out after the workday (...
March 03, 2020
Spring is just around the corner and now is the time to start seed indoors, especially if you want a specific kind of tomato, pepper, or impatiens flowers for your garden. Some seeds grow slowly, and others are quite rapid to germinate.
Get ready, set, go!
How do you know when...
Do you have perennial weeds in your fields? Perennial weeds are extremely difficult to manage, especially in organic systems. Effective strategies require persistence, often over the course of several years. In this article, we'll look at one of the most difficult perennial weeds of all - Canada...
UMN Prof. Mary Meyer talks about 'Blackhawks' Big Bluestem grasses
at Northern Green conference, January 2020.Photo: Gail Hudson, UMN Extension
Do you have a favorite plant? It's fun to compare plants when there's snow on the ground outside!
At the January 2020 Northern Green conference in...
A good tree cut leaves the "collar"
a source of healing tissue
for the tree.
Trees to prune now: Oaks, apple, crabapple, maple, birch, honeylocust, showy mountain ash, hawthorne, butternut, walnut, ironwood, blue beech.
Note some trees like birch, maple and walnut may drip...
January 15, 2020
My indoor gardening "toolbox"Photo: Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension
There are a lot of tools in my indoor gardening "toolbox" - rubber-coated ties, lighters for sterilizing, pruners, snips, meters, hooks, stakes, cotton swabs. I recently added another tool: an LED flashlight.
Phalaenopsis orchid or Moth OrchidPhoto: Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension
Orchids are now the most popular house plant with their long lasting flowers sold at many retail stores. Orchids are epiphytes or air plants and grow with minimal (if any) soil usually coarse bark.
This makes watering...
January 01, 2020
Cantaloupe plant with fruit blossoms. Photo: Gail Hudson, UMN Extension Communications
In 2020 and Beyond: Food Safety is becoming a priority
All you have to do is look at:
The bad: Another year, another E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce. Bad news!
The good: Most farmers have...