Wild Gardening

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Carol Andrews shares her five favorite ways to learn more about wild gardening (we've reprinted them below, with clickable links)  ... oh, and an inappropriate story about a towel.

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Carol Andrews, president of the Wild Ones® Minnesota Arrowhead Chapter came back from a recent trip to Madeline Island with three things on her mind: first, that hemlocks are her favorite tree; second, that wintergreen is blooming and finally, that we need to teach kids that bugs aren't icky; they're our friends.

Carol Andrews, the president of the Wild Ones® Minnesota Arrowhead Chapter talks about the benefits of transforming unused areas of your traditional grass lawn into a place for natural grasses, shrubs, and other plants.  One useful tool in that process is the use of weed suppression mats (a wood pulp version of this product is even made locally) that allow water and air into the soil, but blocks sunlight which in turn hinders weed growth.

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Carol Andrews waxes enthusiastic about the Michigan Lily, which is indeed native to our area, despite its name, and says it's a great addition to a rain garden.

Plus Juneberries are ready to help boost your brain power.  Carol says all you have to do is look up.

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In honor of the U.S. women's soccer team's 2015 World Cup title, Carol Andrews presents, for our consideration: the cup plant.

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Native plant enthusiast Carol Andrews says "know before you grow."  For instance, before you help yourself to a cluster of lupines from a roadside ditch and transplant them into your backyard, you might want to know they're not native to Minnesota - and in addition, they're poisonous! 

  Sitting in for Carol Andrews this week is John Pastor, who talks about juneberries, their variety, and their flowering and fruit ripening habits.

John Pastor is a UMD Professor of Biology and author of What Should a Clever Moose Eat?: Natural History, Ecology, and the North Woods, to be published in February 2016 by Island Press. 

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Carol Andrews has a list of bloomin' wild plants (from short to tall) that may already be growing in your yard.

(Oh, and if you want to eat your pin-cherries, they're kind of sour.  Carol says recipes start with a 50/50 ratio of berries to sugar!)

The wild and wonderful Carol Andrews, president of the Wild Ones Minnesota Arrowhead Chapter, proclaims her intention to spend more time this summer eating her yard.

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"Uvularia grandiflora" (Large-Flowered Bellwort or merrybells), "Uvularia sessilifolia" (Sessile-leafBellwort) and "Trientalis borealis"  (Starflower) are just a few of the Latin names for spring ephemerals*   that Carol Andrews says we can grow at home.  Don't know much about spring ephemerals?  She recommends spending more time lying down in the woods.  Carol Andrews is the president of the Wild Ones Minnesota Arrowhead Chapter.

* from the Greek ephēmeros  "lasting a day."

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Carol Andrews (the volunteer host of Wild Gardening with Carol Andrews) and Annie Dugan (the volunteer host of Where's Art with Annie Dugan) team up to bring you a morning of Wild Art/Where's Gardening ... including a special offer for a home visit by Carol Andrews!

Cut a stake off a tree or shrub, pound it into the ground and voila!  A new tree or shrub?  Sometimes, yes.  More information on "live stakes" from Carol Andrews, president of the Minnesota Arrowhead Chapter of Wild Ones.