Learn how natural plant habitat restoration improves stream and river water quality with Katie Himanga, a Goodhue County Extension Master Gardener and Certified Forester. The first part of the course, on October 20th, consists of a lecture at the History Center and outlines the steps necessary to restore a site’s natural habitat while preserving or enhancing scenic quality. On October 22nd, apply the knowledge to Wells Creek in Old Frontenac and see natural habitat restoration in progress. Contact Red Wing Community Education (651-385-4565) or online to register.
Links mentioned in the above podcast
“Planning Your Landscape for the Bees, Butterflies and Birds“:
- The Wild Ones brochure “Wild for Monarchs“.
- The St. Paul Audubon Society brochure “A Guide to Insect Attracting Native Plants for Central MN“.
- The Bee Squad handout “Plants for MN Bees“.
- GCEMG Tips on “How To Do Winter Sowing“.
In this podcast Goodhue County Extension Master Gardeners give tips on how to do winter sowing. Winter sowing is a method of starting transplants outdoors in milk jugs when the weather is still below freezing.
Find more info and a step-by-step video showing you how to prepare the milk jugs, etc. on the website of GCEMG Terry L. Yockey.
Would you like to know more about how Goodhue County Extension Master Gardeners volunteer? Many also wonder what exactly is a Minnesota Extension Master Gardener?
The GCEMGs discuss this and other related topics in our first podcast.
October and November are great months to get out and pull all the small buckthorn trees that have popped up during the season. Buckthorn keeps its green foliage long after other trees and shrubs have dropped theirs so it is very easy to identify this time of year.
The Weed Wrench tool makes short work of smaller trees and you can borrow it free of charge from the Goodhue County Extension Master Gardeners.
Call University of MN Extension, Goodhue County at 651-385-3100 for more information.