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Ragweed and Goldenrod: Weeds to Watch This Week

(Above, a Canada goldenrod invasion) We’ve been doing raingarden maintenance lately. This includes pulling a lot of ragweed and Canada goldenrod. Read on for more about these invasives. Ragweed, Ambrosia Recently I took a few minutes to watch the late evening news.  I was excited to see a segment on ragweed.…

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Jennifer Moeller: Landscape Designer and Artist

Metro Blooms’ design team has become more artistic. When new member Jennifer Moeller is not out in the field working or in the office planning, she just might be drawing or painting. The aquarium mural in the lobby of the pediatric floor at a local hospital is her work, as…

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A Blooming Alley in St. Paul

Metro Blooms of Minneapolis has taken its work to make alleys greener across the river into St. Paul. Four raingardens, three areas of native plantings and a permeable pavement system are new features of the landscape in and near a Merriam Park alley that help prevent water pollution and provide…

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Metro Blooms at the One Water Summit

(Caption: Some people bring their best game faces to important events. Community Engagement Manager Kimberly Carpenter brought Metro Blooms’ best flower faces. Photo courtesy of Hennepin County Extension). Metro Blooms had 15 minutes of fame recently when its clean water work in the Harrison Neighborhood in Minneapolis was featured on…

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Weeds to Watch This Week

Weeds, a.k.a. Wild Urban Plants What is a weed?  Emerson said they are plants whose utility has yet to be found. From an ecological perspective, they are colonizers of disturbed soil.  Often annual, they produce impressive amounts of seed that float off to find bare soil, sites free from competing…

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Metro Blooms: Seeking Environmental Justice in the Harrison Neighborhood

If Metro Blooms were a vehicle (green energy-powered, of course), the community would be the driver. The destination is always the same: clean water, habitat and a more beautiful environment. But it is a community’s residents, businesses and local institutions that decide how the journey is taken. As a non-profit…

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Reed Canary Grass: Weeds to Watch This Week

Reed Canary Grass, Phalaris arundinacea This is a plant you want to know to attack quickly if it shows up in your raingarden.  I’ve seen it invade dry boulevards where the owner thought it was just a desirable showy grass.  This grass is nearly impossible to eradicate in extensive mats.  If…

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Raingarden Maintenance Made Easier: Good Timing and Tools

In a raingarden, there will always be weeding, but you can make it easier on yourself if you have good timing and the right tools. That was one of the main messages at the first session of Sustainable Landcare: Raingarden Maintenance, a three-part workshop series organized by Metro Blooms’ Blue…

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Curly Leaf Dock: Weeds to Watch This Week

Curly Leaf Dock, Rumex crispus This ubiquitous plant is one you want to get to know.  Here is a view of a patch on a boulevard, with seed beginning to ripen.  If you catch it early enough– plants with sufficient moisture supply and leaves recently unfurled–you can eat it!  With…

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Creeping Charlie: Weeds to Watch This Week

Creeping Charlie, Glechoma hederacea If you have not encountered this plant in your travels or heard a discussion about what to do with this aggressive non-native ground cover, you probably need to get out more. It seems to be everywhere. While it can be a daunting process, it is possible…

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