In one way, the name winter squash is very deceiving, as virtually all squashes are very easily damaged by even a light frost. However, winter squash is a very appropriate name if you consider that it stores fairly easily into the winter. Some winter squashes keep better than others.
For those who are trying to reduce the use of chemicals on their plants, there are alternatives to try. Most are not as simple as the chemicals, but can generally help lower the need for pesticides. By using some simple prevention techniques, we can help keep diseases at acceptable limits.
The earlier a person gets his garden seeds, the more options he has. Some of the most valued options for plant varieties can become out of stock as the spring planting time arrives. It is for this reason that I like to review seed options earlier in the year.
It is getting to the time of the year when gardeners are left with plants that have completed their jobs in our gardens and are either dead or dying. What is best for next year’s garden should be on our minds when contemplating what we should do with this debris.
Strawberries are one of the favorite fruits grown in many gardens. Once you have your strawberry patch established, and your strawberries picked for the year, there are a few things that you should do to help assure that you have a good chance of a good crop again next year. (Nothing is a sure thing in gardening).
There are a number of fruits that have much of their known consumption history starting in Europe, Asia and Africa that do well in northern Minnesota. A few of them have been crossbred with North American versions and can be grown in northern Minnesota.
Thinking of starting to grow fruit in your yard or garden? We cannot easily grow many of the fruits that are commonly found in a grocery store, but there are quite a few native options to consider. So what are these native plants?
Getting in the garden yet? When the temperatures are getting into the 40s, and the soil is not muddy, you can probably get into your garden to get it ready to plant or to start planting. Every type of plant has different preferred growing conditions. A number of seeds can be planted early, like cool weather and can tolerate a light frost in May.
Every year of gardening has different successes and failures. These tend to be related to choices in what to plant, the care they are given, the amount of rain we receive, and the timing of frosts, plantings and harvesting. Here is a brief summary of some of my personal successes, failures and possibilities for next year plantings.
One thing about growing any plant is that you are never sure what the weather will be after you plant it. Earlier this year, a widespread drought was expected, and it was very dry for a while. This was followed by some nice “catch up” rain, and then more rain. Be prepared for the unexpected. In general, it is better to water anytime when you are in a relatively dry spell. There are better ways and times to water than others.