Despite the chilly start to spring, farmers markets around the Twin Cities have been planting the idea of gardening into many Minnesotans’ heads. One of the best places to start is the Friends School Plant Sale in the Twin Cities. Celebrating 25 years this weekend, the annual sale is bringing thousands of varieties of plants and hundreds of growers together at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds.
It’s safe to say that this year – more than ever – Minnesotans need a taste of spring. And while we’ll have to wait a few more weeks before the weather matches the changing season, winter weary residents will soon have a place to escape.
Inside a huge green house in Lakeville, thousands of poinsettias are being packaged and ready to go. Dale Bachman, president and CEO of Bachman’s Floral, says the plants are destined for the Twin Cities metro area. “Our crop this year is about 85,000 total pots,” Bachman said. The most popular color is red, but Bachman says they have 32 other varieties as well.
A cold night is expected across the state. In fact, here in the metro, we could get our first hard freeze. For gardeners, this is an especially busy time as they have to get their plants and produce ready for the cold.
If you’ve not got your fall plants in already, Saturday is the perfect day to do it. Susie Bachman demonstrates how to create fall planters that will accent your property quite well. Each Planter needs a drainage hole, and feel free to use a length piece of grass as a statement piece of the planter.
There are great plants for fall color as you need seasonality in your garden. The saviors are shrubs and perennials that can provide that pop. Euonymus, or the burning bush, will become a complete ball of red — you can’t miss them.
An Eagan man has been charged with violating the Illinois Controlled Substance Act by bringing almost 90 pounds of the stimulant plant khat into the United States from the United Kingdom. The Chicago Tribune reports that customs agents at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport stopped 20-year-old Dominic Running with more than $12,000 worth of khat, a plant that’s chewed like tobacco and contains a stimulant similar to amphetamine.
WCCO viewers picked their favorite farmers market in the state and the winner just happened to be the location that Zagat named as one of the eight must-visit farmers markets in the county. It’s the St. Paul Farmers Market, a market celebrating 160 years in the making. This is what sets St. Paul apart is the freshness of its products.
An environmental group said Wednesday that many home gardeners may be unknowingly hurting the bee population, as the insects’ numbers continue to decline. Bees pollinate many fruits and vegetables, including apples, strawberries, blueberries and cucumbers. The Pesticide Action Network along with a well-known University of Minnesota bee researcher said a study found that garden supply stores including Home Depot and Lowe’s are selling plants that are treated with pesticides that kill bees.
So as not to waste the hours you’ve put into your garden, WCCO asked Susie Bachman for the best ways to keep the bugs away. Aphids can suck the green part out of the plant, so Captain Jacks’ Deadbug is a great organic all-purpose insecticide. Bonide Eight isn’t organic, is another a great all-purpose insecticide.
If you want your flowers to bloom all season long, Susie Bachman with Bachman’s floral said there’s one thing you need to know above all else — prune and deadhead. It’s all about how a little work now will pay off later.
If you don’t have a green thumb, but want a great garden, why not check out the Hennepin County Master Gardener Tour this weekend? Six gardens across the Twin Cities will all have themes, including rain, feng shui and water.
If you’ve spent hours tending to your garden only to find out a critter came in to wreak havoc, here’s some help. It’s a problem many have — eager rabbits and deer nibbling away your hard work. Susie Bachman spills her secrets in how to protect your garden.
Whether you’re a novice or even a master gardener it’s always nice to have some advice. Susie Bachman talks with WCCO and shares tips on successfully watering and fertilizing your garden.
Gardeners just can’t seem to get a break this spring. First, it was a late start to the growing season with cool, rainy weather and not a lot of sunshine. And now deer are causing problems.