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Plant for a Year Full of Beauty
Upper Midwest gardeners know the preciousness of growing things. They typically have five to seven months to cram in as much green and growing things as they can. A well-planned landscape can ensure that beyond the prime growing season, landscapes are filled with beautiful flowers, leaves, bark and structure ...   > > read article
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The Growing, Thriving Permaculture Movement
My friend Masha lived in Russia for several years when the grocery store shelves were completely bare of food for several years. Everyone, she said, rode public transportation into the countryside to tend his or her own small plot of land. They boarded the busses together, tools in hand. And on the ride home, they carried bags of produce. They grew and preserved everything they needed to feed their families ...   > > read article
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Plant for a Year Full of Beauty

Upper Midwest gardeners know the preciousness of growing things. They typically have five to seven months to cram in as much green and growing things as they can. A well-planned landscape can ensure that beyond the prime growing season, landscapes are filled with beautiful flowers, leaves, bark and structure ...

>> read “Plant for a Year Full of Beauty”       #Fall   #Spring   #Summer   #Winter
Plant the Right Tree the Right Way for Long-Lasting Beauty

Spring is here and you may be getting ready to plant a new tree. As the saying goes: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is now. Trees are a long-term investment. They take a long time to establish and provide benefits we enjoy. Proper planting practices will help get your trees off to a good start, enhancing your landscape for years to come ...

>> read “Plant the Right Tree the Right Way for Long-Lasting Beauty”       #Trees
‘Blonde Ambition’
Bouteloua gracilis

It may seem odd to talk about a late-summer flowering grass in late spring, but the fact is you’re going to want to rush out and nab this soon enough to get it planted instead of waiting another season. Blue grama grass is one of the essential components of the short-grass prairie found abundantly on the High Plains, garnering its common name from the leaves and its bluish haze ...

>> read “‘Blonde Ambition’”       #Hot Plants
A Battle with Emerald Ash Borer is in Your Future

Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the Midwest since first discovered in Michigan in 2002. If you haven’t already dealt with this serious problem, you, your neighborhood and community will face it in the not-too-distant future ...

>> read “A Battle with Emerald Ash Borer is in Your Future”       #Advice   #Feature   #Insects   #Invasives
Eastern bee balm
Monarda bradburiana

Here eastern bee balm is painted with moor grass (Midinia caerulea) and lesser calamint (Calamintha nepta; syn. Clinopodium nepeta) ...

>> read “Eastern bee balm”       #Hot Plants   #Summer
The Right Tool For The Right Job

Planting and caring for trees and shrubs is one the best things you can do for the environment. Trees are critical tools in nature’s control of water and air pollution. They cast shade on hot sidewalks and reduce heat and air conditioning needs in homes and offices. Trees and shrubs provide food for pollinating insects, birds and people while beautifying the views ...

>> read “The Right Tool For The Right Job”       #Advice   #Feature   #Pruning