This article is part of our Native Plant Series and features one pollinator friendly, drought tolerant US native plant hardy to at least zone 4. 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 … Continue reading Ohio Spiderwort – Edible, Hardy, and Beautiful
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This article is part of our "trees for bees" series where we feature trees/shrubs that are excellent pollinator forage We raise honey bees in the sand prairie of Minnesota. It's a harsh landscape and many of the traditional "bee plants" struggle, so we look to native trees and shrubs to provide a lot of our … Continue reading Gray Dogwood – A Native Shrub For Pollinators and Birds
This article is part of our "trees for bees" series where we feature trees/shrubs that are excellent pollinator forage American Linden (also known as Basswood) is a gorgeous tree. It grows in a pyramidal shape (rare for a deciduous tree) and has interesting off-center, heart-shaped leaves. The leaves are edible when young and the blossoms … Continue reading American Linden – A Honey Bee Favorite
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