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Teaching Children to GardenHow to Teach Children to Garden

If you happen to have children and you really love gardening, this may be the perfect opportunity to teach them how. While there may be a million ways to get them interested in it, you can simply start with a few basic ideas and suggestions to get you going. (more)

Feeding the Blue Tit by Tambako The JaguarHow to Get the Right Amount of Life Into Your Garden This Summer

Are you hoping to attract wildlife into your garden this summer? Birds and insects can be fantastically helpful for our gardens, as well as a joy to behold. (more)

Frog in Elephant Ear Bloom

Elephant Ear

Colocasia as well as its close relative, Alocacia, is a tuberous bulb plant growing from 3 - 5 feet. Generally they are grown outside in semi-tropical and tropical areas. They can be grown in northern areas but must be dug up for the winter months. This is a very showy, back border plant. They perform best in shade and must have good drainage. (more)

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

There is nothing inherently toxic about poison ivy, or its very close relatives poison oak and poison sumac. Birds eat the berries of the poison ivy. Wildlife and livestock can easily eat the leaves of the plant. It is the human race that cannot tolerate its oil. Once in contact with the skin, urushiol will get into the sublayers of our skin and our misery begins. (more)

Queen Anne's Lace


Queen Anne's Lace
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Sweet Golden Rod Emily: Is ragweed the same as goldenrod?

Dear Emily: In Minnesota we have identified an allergy to rag weed. Is that the same plant as golden rod??

A: No.

Common ragweed is Ambrosia artemisiifolia or some other species of Ambrosia (the daisy or aster family, ASTERACEAE). This is the cause of much allergy and hay fever.

Goldenrod has a much more pronounced yellow flower (see photo) and could be any number of species of Solidago. (Also in the daisy or aster family, though).