Living Legacy Gardens

The Cross Lake Area Garden Club had a spectacular visit to the Living Legacy Gardens in Staples, MN. Click on an image below to view pictures of the beautiful flowers and landscaping in the garden.

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Peaceful setting at the Crosslake Community Garden

Are you looking for a quiet and peaceful spot to sit and read, then you may want to visit the garden outside the Crosslake Community Center Library. Here you can sit in the shade, listen to the water, and read a good book.


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Crosslake Library Garden Update

CrosslakeLibraryGardenThe Crosslake library garden received a new coat of mulch thanks to the community efforts of PALS, Pequot HS students and the Crosslake Area Garden Club.”  All had fun and were pretty much done in 2 hours!


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Home Vegetable Garden calendar : UMN Extension

Tips for home gardeners. Good information for vegetables at Upper Midwest sustainable home garden care calendar : Yard and Garden : Garden : University of Minnesota Extension

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Five videos from the Pollinator Friendly Alliance

Videos posted by Pollinator Friendly Alliance and Pollinate MN, with the generous support of the Food Building, The Lone Grazer Creamery, and Red Table Meat Company. Videos are from the People For Pollinators symposium held in West St. Paul on March 8, 2016.

This session from the pollinator-friendly symposium, “Amazing Bees – Wild In More Ways Than One,” was presented by Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Society) who discusses native wild bee behavior and physiology. Xerces Society is a national leader in the conservation of pollinators and invertebrates.

This session from the pollinator-friendly symposium, “Pesticides – Can We Co-Exist?” was presented by Dr. Vera Krischik (University of Minnesota) and “Latest On Pesticides” was presented by Lex Horan (Pesticide Action Network).

This session from the pollinator-friendly symposium, “Pollinator Habitat On Farms,” was presented by Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Society) and Jim Riddle (Blue Fruit Farm).

This session from the pollinator-friendly symposium, “Rethinking Urban Habitats,” was presented by Bob Engstrom (Robert Engstrom Companies & Urban Land Institute) and Jake Janski (Minnesota Native Landscape).

This session from the pollinator-friendly symposium, “America’s Flyway” was presented by Don Arnosti (Izaak Walton League). Fascinating details about how bird migration, habitat and ecosystems are intimately connected. Arnosti has nearly 30 years’ experience as a conservation advocate and organizer, working on bird, wildlife and habitat conservation.

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Starting Seeds Indoors – Birds and Blooms

For those of us in the Midwest with the itch to get in our gardens, we can scratch that itch by digging in some dirt now.

Our growing season is so short that it’s nearly imperative to either get a jump start from a nursery that has done the work for us, or start some seeds indoors. I have space in my basement, but use any space you have. You’ll need to be able to keep the seed temperature between 70 and 85 degrees. The cooler it is, the slower the germination.

Now, I’ve been around online and have found that “seed starting kits” have a wide price range. And frankly, most cost more than I want to spend. You really only need a few things.

Supplies you’ll need: Seeds | Trays | Lights | Nutrient-rich Soil | Water | Timer (optional)

For more information, please visit: Starting Seeds Indoors – Birds and Blooms

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Prairie Yard & Garden: Clematis

Host Mary Holm visits with Mike Heger, noted author and former owner of Ambergate Gardens about Clematis. This vigorous, woody, climbing vine is a perfect addition to a trellis or for use as a background in many landscape design, with its slender growth and beautiful blooms.

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Beauty of Pollination

We are all dependent to each other. Pollination: it’s vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film “Wings of Life,” inspired by the vanishing of one of nature’s primary pollinators, the honeybee.

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