FARM BLEAT Sheds, shells and solitude
With the sun shining and just a hint of wind Sunday afternoon, I eagerly headed out to the family farm. There were no deadlines to meet, no demands on my time, nothing on my schedule. It was my time, ... Posted on 3/24/14 at 5:38 PM
GARDEN TALK Native Trees - A Good Choice for the Home Landscape
By Sue Light, Master Gardener in Dakota County
Are you among the growing number of Dakota County gardeners who are helping the environment by selecting plants that provide food and shelter for wildli... Posted on 8/15/13 at 8:44 PM
THIS WOMAN WRITES Is Life Inconvenient?
From Start Your Week with Steve, the free weekly newsletter of Steve Henderson Fine Art
"How willing are you to put up with inconvenience?
"Because we're reasonably willing, as a fami... Posted on 7/1/13 at 4:41 PM
AMY'S RANCH SLANTS Our Tree of Life
Most of the trees that surround my family and I are pine trees but the deciduous willow tree located north of our house is one of my favorite trees. When I think about home, the sight of our big wil... Posted on 8/9/12 at 7:00 PM
STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER Snow Depressions
On a recent excursion to a park to more accurately measure our local snow depth, I noticed depressions in the snow cover around every tree. This is a very typical occurrence each winter. As we know,... Posted on 1/20/10 at 2:31 AM
DES MOINES, Iowa — The emerald ash borer is in Iowa.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture says the invasive insect, which kills ash trees, has been found along the Mississippi River in Allamakee (AL’-uh-muh-KEE’) County, just south of the Minnesota border.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture plans to set nearly 23,000 gypsy moth traps across eastern Minnesota this spring.
It’s part of an annual program to monitor forests and cities for infestations of the destructive pest.
I have had many questions this week regarding planting gardens around trees. The deep shade under many trees prohibits grass from growing, leaving unsightly bare patches and exposed roots. Many of you prefer something other than this “eyesore,” and hope to plant shade plants where grass won’t grow.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Months of heavy rains throughout the South are forcing International Paper Co. to look beyond its usual suppliers for wood for its central South Carolina mill and turn to places that are known to have tree-destroying gypsy moths.
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