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Join University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners, Douglas County on May 21 for the return of their annual plant sale.

Turfgrass with low growing flowers

Many gardeners are adding perennials, shrubs and trees that support pollinators to their landscapes. But, how about your lawn? We're seeing more interest in "bee lawns," including support from the state of Minnesota to encourage lawns that are good for pollinators and the planet.

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In recent weeks, there has been news of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Minnesota. Many gardeners also include bird feeders in their landscapes. If you are concerned about the wild bird population, here is some information from Dr. Victoria Hall, Executive Director of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center.

jumping worm

Jumping worms are a relatively new arrival in Minnesota, joining a host of other invasive earthworms in our state. Unlike most of our other earthworms, however, jumping worms are causing great heartache for gardeners and significantly changing home gardening practices for those unlucky enough to have discovered these lively and voracious pests.

Rootbound Spider Plant

Not every plant can tolerate transplanting as easily as others. Here are some tips to reduce transplant shock to your houseplants.

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