Seed library takes root in Little Falls

November 1, 2019
Library goers to the St. Clare Library in Little Falls can come out clutching books to aid their intellectual growth… or packets of vegetable or flower seeds, to grow in their gardens. People are generally overjoyed when they find out ...

Country Garden: Save the monarchs

February 28, 2014
The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico plunged this year to its lowest level since studies began in 1993, leading experts to announce recently that the insects’ annual migration from the United States and Canada is in danger of ...

Attorney makes transition to the garden

September 30, 2013
When Jim Degiovanni was young, he didn’t dream of raising sheep or growing organic vegetables.  He had never lived in the country, never raised animals and never expected to do any such thing.  In fact, Jim grew up near the ...

Best ways to grow and eat eggplant

August 29, 2013
Growing eggplant is easy where summers are long and warm. Where summers are short, varieties that mature quickly and produce medium to small fruits can easily be grown in containers. If you grow peppers, you can grow eggplant. The fruits ...

In Your Garden: A unique raised bed

May 1, 2013
If you have wanted a raised bed but didn’t want to buy the cement blocks, or treated lumber or railroad ties, (both of the latter two need liners) or just don’t have the energy to build one, this may be ...

In Your Garden: Grafted tomatoes

April 1, 2013
Fruit tree growers have grafted trees for centuries.  Now tomato growers are getting into the act.  Grafting sounds simple.  Just take the top of one tomato and attach it to a different root stock, in this case, one called Mighty ...

In Your Garden: Its’ Planting Time

April 1, 2013
Planting time, really? Yes, that is if you want a tomato other than Big Boy or Early Girl. There are hundreds of tomatoes and dozens of varieties of peppers available. The time to start these and celery are about the ...

Pollinators at home

March 1, 2013
Attracting bees and butterflies to a garden is a noble pursuit indeed, given that we all depend on these species and others (beetles, wasps, flies, hummingbirds, etc.) to pollinate the plants that provide us with so much of our food, ...

In Your Garden: The Ephemeral Nutrient

January 9, 2013
If you have ever taken a soil sample, and if not-why not, the information you get back from the University indicates the proportion of potassium, and phosphorus in the soil, how acid or alkaline it is and what percentage of ...

Country Gardens: Overwintering geraniums

November 2, 2012
    Geraniums are one of longest growing annuals that we have in the United States. If you have brought them in for the winter and are not sure what to do with them here are some tips for keeping them over ...

Country Gardens: Squash season is here

October 11, 2012

Squash is a wonderful fall staple. Most squash are fairly large and more than enough for one or two. Why not try growing small squash or look for them at your local farmer’s market? There are ideal smaller squash to ...