This article is part of our "trees for bees" series where we feature trees/shrubs that are excellent pollinator forage Smooth Sumac and Staghorn Sumac are common "roadside" plants in North America. They are pioneer plants and quickly spread by rhizomes to colonize erosion prone areas. They are unique looking shrubs, grow without maintenance, tolerate drought … Continue reading Staghorn Sumac – A blessing to bees and humans
Black walnuts are native to the United States and grow in almost every climate/soil type. They produce edible nuts that drop in the fall. The exact time is a matter of weather. Last year, they fell in October. This year, the trees started turning yellow in late August, though it was unseasonably cool toward the … Continue reading Black Walnut trees – gathering, cracking and eating!
There is a secret to planting tree seeds -- winter sowing. The quick and dirty explanation is to plant the seed outside and the seed will naturally stratify and wake up when the timing is right. There is no guessing on "how many cold days" or "how much moisture" or "what temperature to set them … Continue reading How to grow trees from seeds – the easiest and most reliable method
Once upon a time, we actively tore out "invasive" plants. We participated as volunteers with our local soil water conservation district and with our parks department. We thought we were doing a good thing....and maybe we were....sometimes. But after a few years of helping to rid Minnesota of invasive plants, we started to realize that … Continue reading The Truth about Native and Invasive Plants
Good Night Prickly Pear Cactus - See you in the spring! Living between two zones has taught me a lot about timing. I wait anxiously each spring for the first trees to swell their buds...and then open their leaves.spring for the first trees to swell their buds...and then open their leaves. We currently … Continue reading Zone 4a goes to sleep