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!