Garden

It’s August, and it’s time once again to start thinking about the calendar and all the scheduling it encompasses.  It’s also a time when our gardens are inviting us to step back and savor their bounty of overflowing, beautiful, full blooms.  Before you tackle the new calendar, capture the end of

Even though summer is winding down, your garden still needs attention. Here are some important tips for August gardening to keep it looking its best into fall and winter.

To promote a second, late-summer flower show, cut back, shear or remove flower spikes from the following early blooming perennials: catmint, geraniums, salvia and delphiniums.

Looking for low-maintenance plants that can feed pollinators, improve soil, look good and grow with no special care? Native grasses have all these benefits and can enhance your garden while adding shelter and food for wildlife. However, deer and rabbits do not usually feed on native grasses.

Starting seeds indoors is fun and economical. Gardeners need seeds, cell trays, starting medium (some cells come filled), plant heating pads, a spray bottle and a grow light.  Start seeds in small, individual containers with a single seedling per container.

Where do butterflies go in the winter? It’s surprising how few gardeners consider this, and it is the cornerstone of sound gardening for Lepidoptera.
 

By the time November arrives to the seasonal party, many gardeners have put their gardens to bed, but Meg Adams, owner of Divine Containers, says the festivities are still in full swing.

Visitors can look forward to a new Chinese Garden at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum opening to the public this fall.

Learn about plants and gardening techniques at the Shady Acres Herb Farm Garden Salon, featuring expert speakers, workshops and demonstrations.

As the temperamental days of April unfold into the glorious days of May, gardeners tap into their inner Maias (the goddess of plant growth and the month’s namesake) to create their own precious garden gems.

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