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Container gardens

Hi! I live in a Roseville condo, with a 14x8 ft. south facing patio, open above so there is no shade from overhead. There are mature trees beyond, so I have a mix of full sun (up to 6 hrs) and part shade, which moves during the day. There is a divider wall on the west side of the patio, and it is open on the East end. This will be my 3rd growing season here. I have a vertical shelf that accommodates 5 tiers of 24" rectangular pots, that I place so they are graduated: the lowest stands entirely out from the unit, and higher 4 shelves have a few inches not shaded from above. Each has 3 drainage holes. The only edibles I planted, on top 2 shelves so they could drape, were strawberries. Flowers thrived on this unit, placed against west (brown metal siding) divider wall; strawberries did not. All were pretty wet during spring rains. Last year I bought wild geraniums that I'd like to include in the shelves in place of some of the annuals. Though I like this location from an esthetic point of view, I also have 2 other options for placing it: against a railing on the East end of the patio, where it would get sun and rain from front and back, or against a brick wall on the East end of the patio. I also have potted monarda and Walker's low catmint in large pots at the front edge of the patio. I overwinter those, and the wild geraniums, in an outdoor garden, covered with straw. I've also tried vegetables with little success,on that East end of the patio. I want to have organic lettuce, chard, kale and spinach, that I'd previously grown in a sunny raised bed with good success. Next priority for veggies are patio cherry tomatoes. Last priority are climbing green beans and summer squash. I used a tall inverted tomatoes cage with strung like a tipi for climbing. The Japanese beetles did them in. I used a compost-rich mixture of garden soil and potting soil the first summer, which proved to hold too much water. Last summer I added more potting soul and peat moss, erroneously thinking it would help with drainage. Perhaps the acidity hurt the flowers and vegetables? I'm assuming I should add perlite to the soil before planting this year? I created a porous 1/2" space (cut up dollar stores plastic baskets) at the bottom of my rectangular pots with a watering tube and no drainage holes - making them srkf-warwering - the first year, falsely thinking they would dry out quickly. Instead they drowned w MN rain. I later opened pots with drainage holes, but kept that small drainage "shelf" at the bottom. I later removed the shelves from the rectangular pots, thinking the plants needed more soil - putting in some stones for drainage. Kept the "shelves" in for larger pots. I've
started some greens indoors, and now that the snow is off my patio

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Ramsey County Minnesota 8 days ago

Are my snake plant same?

Can you tell me the name of these snake plant varieties?

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Minnesota houseplant identification about 1 month ago

Bad Apples

We have a Honey Crisp and Honey Gold Apple Trees. We treated them for apple magots last year using milk jugs with vinegar and molasses. We had a lot of magots on the jugs. The apples were a little better. 1 out of 20 were edible. I have enclosed 3 pictures of the average applea. Thanks for your help.

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Anoka County Minnesota 3 months ago

Magnolia scale

My 15 year old Magnolia Tree looks like it has magnolia scale. It has scale pods up and down most of the branches. I noticed it in July when it was loaded with bees, wasps and flies and honeydew showered down from the branches. It is now Nov. 3rd and the leaves are down and the bark and branches are a dark gray. It looks sick and I'd like to know what I can do for it. Thank You tggads@gmail.com

Hennepin County Minnesota 6 months ago

Apple Tree #2 Identification

I would like to identify an apple tree that is on the property we just purchased.
The tree is an earlier ripening tree. They were ripe in late August and early September. The apples are about 2 1/2 inches in diameter.

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Dakota County Minnesota horticulture apple trees 6 months ago

Should I cover raspberry fruit before a hard freeze

I have several raspberry plants with lots of unripened fruit on them. If I cover the plants and fruit before a hard freeze, will the fruit continue to grow and ripen? If I don’t cover the fruit, will they die after the hard freeze?

Hennepin County Minnesota 6 months ago

Can a Nodding Thistle Receptacle Weevil be on an Annual Fleabane?

I believe the picture is of a Nodding Thistle Receptacle Weevil on an Annual Fleabane. Did some research and it seems that is something that does not happen frequently. Have noticed it at Silverwood and Manomin parks. Hoping you can shed light on it.

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Hennepin County Minnesota 7 months ago

Concord Grape Vine

I have one Concord grape vine that was cut back two years ago in order to paint my house. This year I’ve had the most prolific crop ever. Now I am wondering if I should routinely be cutting it back, and if so when and how far back. Any other routine care tips would be appreciated!

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Hennepin County Minnesota 7 months ago

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