June 6, 2017

Backyard Conservation

Blooming Bee Lawns and Raingardens   Concrete jungle. Urban sprawl. Megalopolis. Cities would seem to be the bane of all that is green and natural. Yet the urban landscape—that densely built, human-focused ecosystem where so many of us live—is proving...

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Blue Thumb volunteers
September 16, 2016

Blue Thumb Recognizes 2016 Minnesota State Fair Volunteers

This year’s Minnesota State Fair drew record breaking crowds totaling 1,943,719 visitors over 12 days and many of them visited the Blue Thumb interactive displays that were part of the Eco Experience. Our thanks go to all the volunteers who helped make it happen. Here's a recap.

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July 8, 2016

WATER/WAYS — The Traveling Exhibit

Minnesota is the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes' where water is a large part of our identity, culture, and history. Because water plays such an integral role, our state was only one of five selected by the Smithsonian Institution, to launch...

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April 6, 2016

Raingardens in Rochester

What’s big, beautiful, green, and half-priced? No, not watermelons on sale after July fourth. Well, maybe. But I’m talking about raingardens subsidized by cities, counties, and watershed management organizations. Shallow depressions in yards, planted with drought- and flood-tolerant native flowers...

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Bee on purple coneflower
February 9, 2016

9 Ways You Can Help Bees and Other Pollinators At Home

As government organizations on the local, state and national level mobilize to support struggling pollinators, more people are following along. For those just getting started, this piece by National Geographic has a list of steps anyone with a garden or...

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January 30, 2016

St. Paul City Council just passed a Pollinator Friendly Resolution!

Following Minneapolis's own resolution last August, St. Paul has also committed to becoming more pollinator friendly. WHEREAS, pollinating insects, such as bees, are integral to a healthy ecosystem and to a wide diversity of essential foods, including fruits, nuts, and...

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October 28, 2015

Putting the Garden to Bed

It used to be standard practice for farmers to till their fields after harvest; a black canvas to be painted white by snow before turning green again in the spring. Gardeners, too, enjoyed the clean look (and spring-readiness) of a...

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March 9, 2015

Planting for Pollinators: How Raingardens Can Help

Aleli Balagtas —   In a world without bees, your next plate of food would have considerably less variety. By some estimates, one of every three bites of food we take depends onMonarch pollinators like bees. Pollinators are the small...

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October 16, 2014

Minnesota’s newest wildlife management area is a quiet oasis 40 miles from the Twin Cities

Ann Wessel - Star Tribute CLEARWATER, Minn. — Eran Sandquist waded into the prairie, stopping every so often to pinch a seed head between thumb and forefinger, to examine deer tracks in the sandy soil.   Behind him, traffic was...

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October 16, 2014

How, When, and Why You Need to Mulch Your MN Garden

Rhonda Hayes, Star Tribune Yes, this is a story about mulch.   Sounds like a real snoozer, I know. But mulching is one of the best things you can do for your garden. So grab some caffeine and follow along....

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