We can grow cactus in the cold regions of America! And they are even native! Prickly pear cactus is a fun plant, rare and edible. Prickly Pear cactus is a rare plant! It is native to the United states and can grow as far north as Minnesota. It thrives on dry sandy conditions, though we … Continue reading How to Grow Cold Hardy Prickly Pear Cactus – Edible, Rare, & Unique
Ohio spiderwort is an edible prairie plant, important to pollinators, that can grow in harsh conditions. Minnesota is tough place to live! It's even tougher for plants. Long cold winters are the hallmark of our state, but most people are unaware that the middle strip of Minnesota is a sand plain - characterized by brutal … Continue reading Ohio Spiderwort – Edible, Hardy, and Beautiful
We have been tapping our maple trees for the last 6 years. It can be a lot of work, but it's worth it! 4 pots of sap boiling over the fire You can tap almost any maple tree - in your urban yard, in the middle of a forest, or in your pasture. It doesn't … Continue reading Tapping Maple Trees for Syrup
Native hardy shrub for difficult soils and terrains. Great for pollinators and birds.
Staghorn Sumac and smooth sumac are hiding in plain sight! They are amazing plants for pollinators and overlooked by almost everyone! 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, … Continue reading Staghorn Sumac – A blessing to bees and humans