Internet’s Corn Meal Weed Control Story Debunked

There’s a story circulating the internet and being shared on multiple Facebook pages promoting cornmeal for weed control in gardens, lawns and flowerbeds. It’s highly deceptive and can lead to widespread disappointment. It started well enough when Iowa State University innocently discovered in 1991 that corn gluten meal (abbreviated CGM), which is a byproduct of…
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Are Clay Pots Or Plastic Pots Better For Plants?

Gardeners rarely quibble amongst themselves, except maybe to debate whether to pronounce peony PEE-uh-nee or pee-OH-nee. And maybe whether to use clay pots or plastic pots for plants. Considerations in the clay vs. plastic pot debate: Porosity of unglazed clay pots allows air and moisture exchange through the pot’s sides, allowing roots along the root…
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Stockpile Eggshells For Slug Control In Gardens

Using eggshells in gardening is nothing new. I remember my mother saving eggshells, coffee grounds and teabags for adding to gardens and flowerbeds in true fashion of someone raised during the Great Depression. And I’m sure her mother before her did the same on their pioneer North Dakota homestead, in their ‘waste not, want not’…
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Amber Jubilee Ninebark For Northern Landscapes

‘New’ in the plant world is a relative term, loosely describing anything developed in the last decade, as opposed to varieties that have been around for hundreds of years. It’s exciting when ‘new’ shrubs come on the market that are well-adapted for northern climates. Amber Jubilee Ninebark is a pretty shrub, that’s destined to become…
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Rejuvenating An Unsightly, Twiggy Potentilla Shrub

Potentilla shrubs, with their cheery, sunshine-colored flowers, are beautiful landscape plants. They thrive in full sun, blooming beautifully even in hot, dry exposures. After all, they’re native in some of North Dakota and Minnesota’s toughest sites. Much good can be said of all the pretty potentilla varieties, except when they become a mass of twiggy…
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