Monday, November 12, 2018

Seed Library Talk -- How to Make "Black Gold"

The next Seed Library Talk is Tomorrow!

Tuesday, Nov 13 at the White Bear Lake Library at 6:30pm.
The subject--How to do magic and make "Black Gold"  aka Compost!

Not only does it cure bad soil, but it improves any kind of soil--rocky, sandy, clay, silt, you have it, compost will fix it.
It's easy to do, cheap and it's like working magic. Take table scraps or leaves or any plant matter and turn it into something that will grow great vegetables and flowers.
I'll give some tips about making some of the richest stuff on earth, but I'm hoping other gardeners will come to add their tips and tricks as well.

Also, for those interested I'll give a brief info talk on how to start native plant seeds now. By the way, now is the best time!

Even if you don't know much about gardening, come enjoy the conversation with other gardeners!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

New Native Seeds in the Seed Drawers!

Hello Gardeners!

I just filled the seed drawers with lots of new native plant seeds that need new homes.
A few notes on how the native plant seeds are filed:
The seeds are in alphabetical order by SCIENTIFIC name, not common name. One reason for this is a specific plant may have many common names, but only one scientific or Latin name. This prevents confusion. For example, Prairie Onion is also called Cliff Onion, Wild Onion or Autumn Onion.
I have used the newest scientific name for the plant. Many books may have older names, but I have tried to find the newer and more accurate name. For example, Heart Leaved Aster used to be called Aster cordifolius but is now called Symphyotrichum cordifolium. Confusing, I know!
The seed catalog is updated as well, so if you are looking for a specific plant and only know the old name, you can peruse the catalog and you'll hopefully find it. If you have any problems, just let me know.
Also in the seed catalog is germination recommendations. Look at this closely as many native plants need 30, 60, 90 or more days of moist cold stratification before planting. One plant, Solomon's Seal needs a cold moist period followed by a warm moist period, followed by another cold moist period, in other words 2 years before it will germinate! If you succeed with these seeds let me know!

I will be talking about several methods to start native plant seeds at the Saturday Nov 3 talk at Cedar Creek and the Seed Talk at the Library on Tues Nov 13. See previous post for details.
Come check out the seed library and help some native plants find a forever home!
Pam

Saturday, October 27, 2018

November Events!


Winter Farmer's Market Saturday Nov 10th at Tamarack Nature Center, 9 am - 1 pm
Shop Local. Eat Local.
Fill your holiday tables & gift baskets with items grown and produced from surrounding communities!
Sip hot apple cider from Pine Tree Apple Orchard as you shop from local farmers and producers.

Shop for produce, honey, meats, cheeses, breads, soup, eggs and other great items from local farms! Food trucks!
Bring cash as not all vendors accept cards.
After shopping take a walk on some of Tamaracks many trails.
For more info see: Forks in the Dirt or the Facebook page at: winterfm
The Seed Library will be there with info about the seed library and a game to play to win a treat! wblseedlibrary
Also, check out Michelle of Forks in the Dirt interview with one of the vendors, KDE Farms, raising grass fed Highland cattle KDEfarm


The next Seed Talk is Tuesday November 13 at 6:30 pm at the White Bear Lake Library. Free.
The topic is Black Gold! Come find out what I mean by Black Gold and how you can make your own Black Gold with little effort.
Also I will show several methods for starting vegetable and native plant seeds. Yes, it's too early now to start tomato seeds, but it's not too early to think about it! Also, one of the easiest methods to start native plant seeds is done after a frost.

I'm also giving a free in depth class on how to save and start native plant seeds.
Seed Starting Talk at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
When: Sat, November 3, 10am – 11am
Where: 2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel MN 55005 (map)
Description: Learn how and when to save native plant seeds. Learn several methods on how to start native plant seeds including ones you can do now. Find out about the White Bear Lake Seed Library and how you can get free seeds. Free class taught by Pam Larson Frink, Horticulturist and one of the Founders of the White Bear Lake Seed Library
RSVP to Caitlin: caitlin@umn.edu

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Upcoming Events for Oct and Nov

The next seed packaging is Wednesday Oct 24 from 5-8 pm at the White Bear Library.
I promised moving our events to different days of the week to accommodate more people and so this time it's on a Wednesday. As usual, come when you can and stay as long as you like. Treats provided. No experience necessary! Come help package seeds for the seed library and enjoy the conversation with other gardeners.
BRING YOUR SEEDS YOU SAVED FROM YOUR HARVEST!

The next Seed Talk is Tuesday November 13 at 6:30 pm at the White Bear Lake Library.
The topic is Black Gold! Come find out what I mean by Black Gold and how you can make your own Black Gold with little effort.
Also I will show several methods for starting vegetable and native plant seeds. Yes, it's too early now to start tomato seeds, but it's not too early to think about it! Also, one of the easiest methods to start native plant seeds is done after a frost.

I'm also giving a free in depth class on how to save and start native plant seeds.
Seed Starting Talk at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
When: Sat, November 3, 10am – 11am
Where: 2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel MN 55005 (map)
Description: Learn how and when to save native plant seeds. Learn several methods on how to start native plant seeds including ones you can do now. Find out about the White Bear Lake Seed Library and how you can get free seeds. Free class taught by Pam Larson Frink, Horticulturist and one of the Founders of the White Bear Lake Seed Library
RSVP to Caitlin: caitlin@umn.edu

Remember do not cut down your dead plant material until spring. Our helpful pollinators and other insects and animals need winter cover to survive! Also, many birds relish native plant seeds during the fall and winter.
Pam

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Upcoming Events and Garlic

The next seed packaging is Wednesday Oct 24 from 5-8 pm at the White Bear Library.
I promised moving our events to different days of the week to accommodate more people and so this time it's on a Wednesday. (Just a FYI--Wednesdays are quite booked at the library so most of our events will still be on Monday or Tuesday evenings.) As usual, come when you can and stay as long as you like. Treats provided. No experience necessary! Come help package seeds for the seed library and enjoy the conversation with other gardeners.

The next Seed Talk is Tuesday November 13 at 6:30 pm at the White Bear Lake Library.
The topic is Black Gold! Come find out what I mean by Black Gold and how you can make your own Black Gold with little effort.
Also I will show several methods for starting vegetable and native plant seeds. Yes, it's too early now to start tomato seeds, but it's not too early to think about it! Also, one of the easiest methods to start native plant seeds is done after a frost.

After a frost brings me up to the subject of Planting Garlic.
Yep, about 1-2 weeks after a killing frost is the time to plant garlic. So it's time to start buying your garlic to plant. Don't buy supermarket garlic as it is a soft neck garlic which doesn't grow well in Minnesota. Buy hard neck garlic such as Rocambole, Purple Stripe and Porcelain. You can find them at Farmer's markets or garden stores.

Read this article on planting garlic by the University of Minnesota here: Growing Garlic

Or try this article from High Mowing Organic Seeds here: Garlic Growing

And finally I want to bring to your attention a website that gives you information on many of the garden clubs, societies, and groups related to gardening and plants in the Twin Cities area. All in one place! One of the best parts is that it has a calendar with events. This is maintained by Dick, a member of the Lake Owasso Garden Club--Thank you Dick for your hard work! Check it out here:  Crosspollination

There are still flowers blooming and vegetables to harvest--enjoy your gardens!
Pam

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Seed Library will be at the Harvest Party this Sunday!

Celebrating White Bear Lake Community Grown Food - Prepared by Local Chefs!
Harvest Party
Sunday, September 23
12:00-3:00PM | FREE Event!
White Bear Area YMCA Community Garden
2100 Orchard Lane, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

FREE event and meal, featuring fresh, local veggies grown at District 624 schools, the HealthPartners White Bear Lake Clinic, and the YMCA community gardens!
- Meal served starting at 12:00PM, while it lasts! Meal includes soup and grilled veggies prepared by local chefs, and homemade bread prepared by White Bear Lake United Methodist Church.
- Enjoy family activities, learn gardening and seed saving tips! 


Come collect seeds from the YMCA's gardens.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Seed Packaging Help Needed

Gardeners,

Just a reminder our first seed packaging of the season is this Monday, August 27 from 4:30-8:00 pm at the White Bear Lake library.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!
It is easy to do and I bring treats --a shameless bribe!

It will be in the Lion's Den room. Come when you can and stay as long as you are able. This is an open event.

If you have collected any seeds this season, bring them to the meeting or you can always drop them off at the seed library table at any time.

Hope to see you there!

Pam, who is very happy to have rain :)