Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Resources about Wildlife Gardening

Wildlife Gardening Resources
All these books are in the Ramsey County Library system or you can purchase them from online sources such as amazon.com.

The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Garden – Hartung, Tammi
Opening paragraph says it all:
“I feel deep gratitude for all the wild creatures that live with me in a positive and a good way here on our farm. I appreciate that they live on this land or visit it often as part of their daily lives. They offer me great assistance by pollinating the plants, managing pests, and leaving behind their manures to nourish the soil. My garden would not be so abundant without them.”
From Amazon.com:
Promoting a holistic ecological view, Tammi Hartung encourages you to invite wildlife into your garden. You’ll be amazed at how a variety of natural pollinators, pest predators, and soil enrichers can promote vibrant and healthy vegetables. Discover how a slug problem disappears once you’ve introduced a pond housing bullfrogs, how wasps can take care of tomato hornworms, and why skunks aren’t so bad after all. Learn how to garden with animals, rather than against them, and reap your most bountiful harvest yet.

Attracting Birds, Butterflies and other Backyard Wildlife – Mizejewski, David
From Amazon.com:
A backyard can come alive by creating an environment with plants and spaces that attract nature's most interesting and friendly creatures. Colorful butterflies, uplifting songbirds, and lively toads can enhance the personal garden space, giving pleasure to nature lovers of all ages. National Wildlife Federation's® Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife provides over a dozen step-by-step projects for families to do together, making getting back to nature easy, educational, and fun.

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants – Tallamy, Douglas
From Amazon.com:
“If you cut down the goldenrod, the wild black cherry, the milkweed and other natives, you eliminate the larvae, and starve the birds. This simple revelation about the food web—and it is an intricate web, not a chain—is the driving force in Bringing Nature Home.” —The New York Times
Bringing Nature Home has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being, and the new paperback edition—with an expanded resource section and updated photos—will help broaden the movement. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical recommendations, everyone can make a difference.
Dr. Doug Tallamy is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. A renowned expert in the science of plant-insect interactions, he is passionate about helping people create wildlife habitat in their own backyards and gardens.

Landscaping for Wildlife – Henderson, Carrol
A Minnesota DNR publication with example plans and detailed lists of suitable plants for all types of ecosystems in Minnesota.
Carrol Henderson was the supervisor of Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program in the MN DNR as well as other positions helping wildlife.

Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota – Steiner, Lynn M.
From Amazon.com:
This new and updated edition of Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota combines the practicality of a field guide with all the basic information homeowners need to create an effective landscape design. The plant profiles section includes comprehensive descriptions of approximately 150 flowers, trees, shrubs, vines, evergreens, grasses, and ferns that grew in Minnesota before European settlement, as well as complete information on planting, maintenance, and landscape uses for each plant. The book also includes complete information on how to garden successfully in Minnesota’s harsh climate and how to install and maintain an attractive, low-maintenance home landscape suitable for any lifestyle.
Lynn Steiner is a local author.

Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants – Holm, Heather
From Amazon.com:
This is the first comprehensive book to illustrate the specific relationships between native pollinators and native plants. Organized by plant communities, the book profiles over 65 perennial native plants of the Midwest, Great Lakes region, Northeast and southern Canada and the pollinators, beneficial insects and flower visitors the plants attract. With its easy-to-use format, the book provides the reader with information on how to attract, plant for and identify pollinators with native plants. Beautifully designed and illustrated with over 1600 photos of plants and insects, the book includes information on pollination, types of pollinators and beneficial insects, pollinator habitat and conservation as well as pollinator landscape plans.
Heather Holm is a local author.

Native Plant Finder, NWF. Enter your zip code and find the top plants that support wildlife in your area.

Joe Gardener – Hundreds of videos, podcasts, blog on gardening.

Field guide to the flora of Minnesota.
“Here you'll find photos and information about wild plants that grow in Minnesota, both native and non-native. More than just wildflowers, we also include trees, shrubs, vines, ferns and fern allies, and grasses, sedges and rushes.
Our mission is to educate Minnesotans on our native plants, raise awareness on threats like invasive species, and inspire people to explore our great state, appreciate its natural heritage, and become involved in preserving it.
Over 1,500 plant species and more than 15,000 high quality photos are cataloged here, with more added each week, working towards recording all 2100+ plant species in Minnesota.”

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

New January 2019 Events!!

To start the 2019 year off we have 3 seed library events.

1. Seed Talk on January 8th, Tuesday at 6:30pm at the White Bear Lake library. The topic that night will be gardening for Wildlife and People. I'll bring some suggestions and ideas, but please come to share yours too. The Seed Talks are a way for all of us to share our knowledge and experience!

2. Winter Farmer's Market, Saturday January 12th, 9-1, at Tamarack Nature Center. Come to shop for local produce, meats, honey, cheese, etc at a comfy indoor farmer's market. The Seed Library has a table with a seed guessing game for a prize!

3. Seed Packaging, January 16, 5-8 pm at the White Bear Lake library. Come volunteer to help package vegetable and flower seeds. No experience necessary and it's lots of fun talking with other gardeners while we package seeds.

I'll be sending more information about these events as they come up, but I wanted to let you know about them in advance so you can put them on your calendar.
 
Any questions please send them to: wblseedlibrary@gmail.com
 
Pam

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Upcoming Events in December and January

Winter Farmer's Market Saturday Dec 8th 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 Tamarack's many trails.
For more info see: ForksintheDirtor 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



The next Seed Talk is Tuesday January 8th at 6:30 pm at the White Bear Lake Library. Free.
Come to discuss how to create a garden for wildlife and people!

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