Eryngium planum – Sea Holly

Happy Pollinator Week! What an amazing time to celebrate pollinators.  We know that insects play a vital role in our ecosystem.  But did you know almost every third bite of food you take comes from a plant that has been pollinated by an insect.  Wow! Pollinators are out and about all season long from early…

Right Plant, Right Place

By now, many garden enthusiasts are familiar with the phrase, Right Plant, Right Place (RPRP).  Yet, still many others are not.  Our Master Gardeners talk with them every day.  Whichever camp you fall into, a brief primer can be helpful.  RPRP is a guiding principle whose only goal is to achieve success with every tree,…

Edible Landscaping: Play with your food

Many gardeners keep their ornamentals and edibles segregated: fruits and vegetables go in neat rows or tidy boxes in the backyard and ornamentals are given domain over the front yard landscape.  But what if we blurred the lines a bit?  

The practice of edible landscaping has been around for a long time, but it has become very popular in the last decade or so.  The practice involves purposefully including edible plants in a planned landscape, appreciating plants for both their aesthetic qualities and their edible potential. 

Plant a Miniature Garden for the Wee Folk!

  A miniature garden is fun to put together and does not require a large investment of money.  Whether your preferred wee folk are fairies, gnomes or elves, it’s a great recycling effort to use things you’d throw out, find in the yard and score from garage sales. Rule number 1 is there’s a good…

Wildlife Conflict – Humans

It isn’t easy being a tree in Nebraska.  Nebraska is famous for its bone-chilling winters and blazing hot dry summers.  When you start adding in other factors such as insects and wildlife conflict it can be down right impossible to grow. There is one type of wildlife that is so destructive and damaging to trees…

Top 10 Lawn Problems

When David Letterman does a 10 ten list, most people laugh.  However, if he did a top 10 list on your lawn, you probably wouldn’t think it was too funny.  You might be listening, but not laughing.  From a horticulturist’s standpoint, here is my top 10 list for common lawn problems: [these are in reverse…

The Paradoxical Echinacea

You’re probably familiar with the purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea.  It’s a beautiful native plant that is often plagued with an incurable disease known as aster yellows.  If you’re fed up with digging out and discarding your purple coneflowers for this reason, try its cousin, the Ozark coneflower, Echinacea paradoxa. The “paradox” owes to the flower…

Black Medic

Black medic Medicago lupulina is an annual weed that plagues the lawn every year.  Right now you can go out in most open areas and you will be greeted with bright yellow pin size yellow flowers.  Black medic is a member of the bean family so it will add nitrogen back into the soil.  We…