Planting Fall Bulbs for Spring Blooms

Planting bulbs in the fall can take little time and effort and in Spring you can enjoy even more blooms. When the overnight temperatures start dropping and the ground starts to cool is when your bulbs should go into the ground. Around  50° overnights. If you buy your bulbs before this time, which it fine, Read More »

Minnesota Chrysanthemums “Mums”

Bright red, pink, yellow, white, peach, golden orange, copper, cream…you will find all sorts of colors in the Minnesota Mum. Thanks to the University of Minnesota’s Mum breeding program beginning in the 1920’s. At first none of the plants that they were engineering would bloom before Minnesota’s first frost hit but they kept trying! The Read More »

Living Soil – What is it?

Living soil is all about diversity. Diversity of fungi, bacteria, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods, and earthworms breaking down organic matter that produces nutrients for plants to use. Who knew it was all of those things that makes a soil healthy…a living soil! Have you seen on the packages of Espoma or other brands that says it Read More »

Planting for beautiful fall colors!

Planting in the spring and living in the moment of buying plants we can sometimes overlook the plants that aren’t blooming or the foliage that doesn’t catch our eye yet. We can help you look ahead into the fall (summer isn’t over yet!) and pick out some plants that are fall blooming and/or have fall Read More »

Beneficial Bugs

Sometimes we view bugs as a nuisance because they are eating our plants or intruding in and around our homes. The Spotted Wing Drosophila or Japanese Beetle are two examples of pesky bugs that can cause damage to our beloved plants. I could go on and on about bugs that cause us major gardening headaches Read More »

What to do with all those Herbs!

Sometimes we have this grand plan to large bushes of herbs and many varieties and then when it comes to using them you only use a few leaves or stalks. Or am I the only one? This quick list of ideas might help you when you when we want to try a new cultural dish, Read More »

Japanese Beetle

It’s a hot summer day and you’re tending to your yard and when you look at one your beloved plants it looks like your peering through lace! The leaves look like they’ve been meticulous cut so the veins and stem are intact but the rest has been removed!  Pretty? Kind of.  Healthy for the plant…no! Read More »

5 Bulbs for 3 Months of Flowers!

We’ve cooked up a fun idea for your garden with bulbs. Combine these five bulb varieties and take a half an hour or so to plant these into a new garden or even in and around your existing perennials. All of these bulbs would prefer to to be in full sun but they can tolerate Read More »

It’s time to get to work!

Here’s this week’s newsletter.

Early Spring Lawn Care

We can’t help it. The “itch” to get outside and get things rolling in the yard and garden can hardly be stopped on the first few nice days of March really needs to be scratched! Although it’s best to take it slowly, there are a couple of things one can accomplish in the yard early Read More »


Originally red, poinsettias are available in a huge variety of sizes and colors. You can even find poinsettias in little mini containers like these that measure less than 5″ tall. The best tips for keeping poinsettias in good shape are: keep them out of drafts, allow them to dry slightly between watering, and, be sure Read More »

Winter & Holiday Decorating Demos begin Saturday

Check out our upcoming free demonstrations and classes, starting Saturday, November 14, 2015, designed to help you look like a pro as you decorate indoors and out for the holiday and winter season. Your hard work doesn’t have to go to waste after Christmas because we’ve got festive ideas that will last you all winter. Read More »

Selecting Carrot Varieties & Growing

There are a number of variable the gardener can consider when choosing what variety of seeds to grow. Size, flavor, number of days to harvest and color are among the choices the gardener may make regarding carrots. Another consideration is the shape of the mature vegetable and what soil-type is present. We often hear comments Read More »

Decorating with Hydrangea flowers

Hydrangeas are an excellent flowering shrub for the landscape. Make use of their flowers for decorations around the home as well. Here’s a quick how-to make a wreath with hydrangea flowers. The result is a stylish wreath you can use indoors or out as a fall decoration.

Creating Winter Interest

The garden and landscape is an important feature of the home even in winter. Consider what you will look at through your windows as you cuddle indoors. Here’s a great article from the Minnesota Horticultural Society’s Northern Gardener Magazine to guide your thoughts as you design your landscape to include interesting things to look at Read More »

Newsletter 11/3/15

Click here to see our newsletter featuring: Upcoming classes, late fall lawn care FAQ, Mankato Farmers Market Winter Market schedule at Drummers, Caring Rose Week benefits the hungry, and a cool downloadable backyard mushroom flash card ID set from the University of Minnesota.

Dry Fall? Landscape Watering is Critical

Protect Your Plants For Winter…Water Now! Fall water is vital to the survival of trees, shrubs and perennials over winter. The goal is for the landscape to receive 1-inch of water weekly, by rain or by you. This is especially important for evergreens because these plants lose moisture through their leaves all winter. When it’s Read More »

Protecting Plants from Animal Damage

If you have pressure from deer and rabbits, take a few steps to protect your plants from damage now and through winter. A buck rubbing velvet off his antlers can kill your tree. Buck rubbing can happen any time now. Protect tree by using trunk protecting tubes, always in the color white. Tubes can’t protect Read More »

Can my pet safely eat it?

Among the questions many of us have when we set out to purchase a houseplant or landscape plant is whether or not it will harm pets. Not all pets do it but many will munch on plants. Nobody wants a sick or injured pet or a veterinary bill. Here’s one way to plan the purchase. Read More »

New Classes Start Saturday, August 15, 2015

TOPICS… Build your own succulent garden… Make a stunning fall-themed container for your patio or entry… Discover ways to get fall color and texture in the perennial garden… and ways to achieve it. Make an informed decision on what shade trees to plant… Enter our Miniature Garden Contest! If any of these ideas appeal to Read More »

Mid-August Garden Tips

Although some of you received adequate rainfall last week, many did not. If you haven’t, do make sure your landscape is getting an inch of water a week. It’s best to deliver this in two, half-inch doses if you can. Water is important now to keep your plants healthy going into fall and winter. For Read More »

Raspberry Varieties for 2015

We’re ready to offer you raspberry plants so stop in and make your selection. Here is a list of the varieties we are carrying this year and some details on them.

Amaryllis Bulb Planting and Tips

Planting Amaryllis Steps: (Click through image gallery for all steps) Are you growing an amaryllis bulb now or perhaps you received one as a gift? Need instructions? Look no further, here are our Amaryllis Growing Tips: Plant or restart your bulb 6-10 weeks in advance of when you want it to bloom. Select firm bulbs – the Read More »

It all starts with the powerful seed!

Stop in now to select your new garden seeds. It’s a great way to think about spring. You’ll find several seed companies represented: Renee’s Garden Seeds, Cornucopia, Lake Valley, Botanical Interests, Seed Savers Exchange, Northrup King and more to come. Within you’ll find old favorites, small companies, heirlooms, new varieties, non-GMO and organic seeds. Of Read More »

Special Guest Speaker coming from Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

We are proud to present Dr. Peter Moe, Director of Operations & Research of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, who will speak on Fruit for the Home Garden on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m.  

Warm up your thumbs (green or not) at D.I.Y. Classes Saturday, Jan.17

Stop in to the store for bunch of fun next Saturday. We’ll host two classes at 10:30am and then 11am. Plus, the Mankato Farmers Market will be here from 10-1. For the classes we’re making Tillandsia (air plant) Habitats and One-of-a-kind-accesories. You can follow our models or design your own. Click here to learn about Read More »

It’s Our 25th Anniversary!

It’s Our 25th Anniversary! Thanks to all of you for helping us reach this milestone! To celebrate we will have specials on the 25th of each month throughout the year and special offers. Watch your newsletters, our website, the Mankato Free Press and Facebook for information.  

Stop in for Gift Cards!

Our gift cards are available in any amount and never expire. Make someone’s Christmas with a present that always fits!

Farmers Market is Saturday

The Mankato Farmers Market 2014-2015 Winter Farmers Market dates at Drummers are: November 8th December 20th January 3rd January 17th February 7th