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Growing Green: Minnesota Gardening Calendar 2014

Hot off the presses! The 2014 Minnesota Gardening Calendar has arrived at the University of Minnesota Extension Office, Douglas County.  This award winning 12-month calendar, produced by University of Minnesota Extension Horticulturalists, is filled with timely gardening tips, beautiful garden photography, and a vegetable garden planting guide. It also includes posters with information on using native grasses in the landscape and plants that attract Minnesota bees.

This year’s calendar highlights Native Prairie Grasses for Difficult Sites.  If you’re considering planting grasses in boulevard gardens, on steep slopes, in shade, or to attract birds and butterflies, this calendar will assist you in making varietal choices to fit your spot.  New to the calendar is the Kids’ Corner; fun garden centered activities to engage the whole family.

“Plants for Minnesota Bees”, produced by the Bee Squad at the UMN Bee Lab, reviews the types of bees found in Minnesota, and recommends “providing a diverse array of plants [to] ensure that you support a diverse array of bee species.” The publication includes recommended flowering plants that bloom from April to September. (For more information, visit:

“Using Native Grasses in the Landscape” was created by Mary Meyer, Professor and Extension Horticulturalist at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  This poster includes: Features of Native Grasses, Grasses for Prairie and Meadow Restorations, Shade Tolerant Native Grasses, Sedges and Rushes, and Grasses for Wildlife. (For more information, visit:

From houseplants to trees and shrubs; lawns to vegetables, there is something of interest for every gardener. Get yours now for $12.00 + tax.  Stop by the office, or contact us at 320-762-3890.

Robin Trott is a Horticulture Educator with University of Minnesota Extension.