By Janelle Daberkow
University of Minnesota Extension
University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station have released the 2013 Minnesota Gardening Calendar.
This award-winning calendar is developed for home gardening and landscape enthusiasts across the state. Minnesota Gardening 2013 is the only calendar designed and written exclusively for Minnesota.
This new calendar includes a feature on the benefits of growing native prairie plants and tips for attracting pollinators and butterflies to your garden by way of these prairie plants.
Also included in the calendar are suggestions for helpful Minnesota gardening resources, maps showing the average frost-free dates for Minnesota, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant hardiness zone map and a vegetable garden planting guide.
This year’s calendar also comes with a 32-page book listing Minnesota hardy cultivars from the University of Minnesota.
Minnesota Gardening 2013 is distinguished from other calendars, in that it’s written specifically with our climate and growing conditions in mind.
Each month of the calendar has a list of University of Minnesota research-based timely tips and suggestions for lawn care, garden chores, houseplant care and numerous other plant care tips throughout the season.
Also included is how-to information for dealing with gardening and landscape activities like pruning, weed control, disease prevention and dealing with insect problems effectively.
In addition to being full of good information, the 9-inch by 12-inch spiral bound calendar is appealing for its beautiful full color photos of indoor and outdoor flowers, trees and landscapes.
Pick up a calendar at the University of Minnesota Extension Stearns County office at 3400 First St. N., Suite 103, St. Cloud (Midtown Office Building). The cost of the calendar is $13 including tax.