gardening

Southern Minnesota Flower Garden
My wife certainly enjoys her flowers. It seems each year she comes up with a new idea. So, let's take a look at what she's done this year. She does a good job in using old things to make things prettier. I suppose someday I'll be staked to a post in the yard surrounding by petunias...
Loren Shares Old Gardening Tips
The following tidbits come from a Household Guide put out in 1951. I googled a few of the stranger ones and to some degree a lot of these old tips still make sense.
Here we go. When planting carrots, mix the seed with radish seed. Now this makes sense because radishes will be up and harvested in a mo…
Happy Tomato Plants Grow Many Tomatoes
Growing tomatoes is pretty easy. But apparently to get bigger, better and more tomatoes, you need to have a happy plant. According to Master Gardener Mary Jane Smetanka, these are the keys:
1. Tomatoes need room. Patio varieties will do well in a pot...
Steele County Kids Are Invited To Learn About Gardening
The Steele County 4-H and Master Gardeners once again are offering the One Step Garden for young people to learn about vegetables and gardening. The garden is near the east entrance of the Owatonna Hy-Vee.
Youngsters meet each Thursday now through August 4 from 10-11:30AM...
Loren’s Family Loves Flowers
My wife and now my daughter have developed an interest in flowers. I still stick to veggies. Any old thing no longer serving its purpose is in danger of getting a hole punched in its bottom and then filled with flowers. Hence, I always try to appear active useful when my wife is nearby...
Owatonna Community Garden Sign-up Continues
It's been a bit too cold to put any plants out in the garden. We have been harvesting rhubarb for about a week, though. The potatoes have been in for three weeks and I've got lettuce and carrot seeds in. We are getting close. The Steele County Community Gardening Association is once again …
Purple And Plants, a Prime Pairing
I was happy when we bought our house so I could have plants inside and outside.
When I moved into my first apartment, my aunt gave me a plant that is still going strong today. A few years ago, it grew more like a vine toward the window, and for the first time purple flowers blossomed...
Lisa’s Logic: Other Uses For Used Coffee Grounds
My husband and I drink coffee maybe once or twice a week, so not very often. And during the summer, we compost the grounds. Looking through my "Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things" book, I found other uses for coffee grounds.

 Before cleaning the ashes out of a fireplace, pu…