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Various seed packets spread out across a floor.
February 11, 2021

If you're seeing some of your favorite varieties sold out on seed company websites, that might not mean that there is an actual shortage of seeds. There are reasons for seed shortages and ways to get access to the seeds you need.

Snow covered tree branch with red berries
February 2, 2021

Winter months in Minnesota can get long and seem to carry on. Fortunately, many native plants and introduced species can provide beautiful berries that persist into the winter months and provide a critical food source for wildlife.

woman pruning young tree branch
January 27, 2021

Is it time to prune? How should I prune? What should I prune? So many questions surround the task of landscape pruning. For many trees and shrubs late winter and early spring is the perfect time to prune them, but this isn’t the time for all species.

Two girls doing fitness exercise
January 22, 2021

The search is on for qualified youth to serve as 2021 Regional 4-H Camp Counselors. The Morris Regional 4-H Camp is a unique camping opportunity for youth participants and counselors. Camp will be held at the University of Minnesota Morris campus in June. The facility is full-service with top quality dorms, a full menu of great food, and a wide variety of recreational activities.

Greenhouse with plants started from seed
January 21, 2021

Seed starting is a wonderful way to get a jump on the garden season, and can increase the varieties of plants you grow. It can also extend your growing season, making it possible to raise some long season varieties that usually don’t do well in Minnesota.

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