A rain garden can capture rain that would otherwise flow down your lawn and driveway into streets and storm sewers, and use it to make your property more beautiful. It does this if it is located where rain can be directed into it, built so that it can temporarily hold the water (a rain garden is not a pond), and planted with appropriate plants to add beauty and attract birds, bees and butterflies.
Every Extension Master Gardener has been asked the same questions time after time. What do Master Gardeners do? How can you get to be a Master Gardener? So, it is time to answer those questions.
It’s been a long cold winter. By February we are all looking for some relief, some sign that spring will arrive as promised. Sometimes it’s a simple bouquet of fresh flowers that can change the entire day. But after learning about the language of flowers, you may see them differently.
As I look out the window and see the thermometer at minus 25, I start wishing for spring, still a long way off.
Are you dreaming of the lovely bursts of color in the spring? There is still enough time to plant spring flowering bulbs.
Does your lawn look sad? Has your grass taken a beating from all the hot dry weather we have had?
Have you seen a monarch butterfly in your garden yet? If you have, you are luckier than most. It’s late August and I am still waiting to see one flitting around my gardens and landing on my flowers.
Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy the Anoka County parks in our community. They are a quick getaway to enjoy outdoor activities on a warm summer weeknight or to spend some time on a weekend. If you enjoy the outdoors and are interested in seeing and learning about gardening, the Veterans Peace Garden has a lot to offer you.