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10 Made-in-the-Shade Ideas for Covered Outdoor Spaces

(BPT) - Homeowners across the country are going undercover. It seems no matter where you live, the growing popularity of covered outdoor spaces is evident in backyards from Buffalo to Bakersfield. …

Refresh your shade garden: Transform the outdoors with impatiens

(BPT) - Gardening enthusiasts, rejoice! The long-awaited moment has arrived — gardening season is officially here. As green thumbs eagerly prepare to embark on their outdoor endeavors, …

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Lauren Bethke
Unusual fruits for your Minnesota garden
You probably know that many different fruits are commonly grown in Minnesota, like apples, raspberries, and grapes. But did you know we can also grow kiwis? Read on to learn about some unusual fruits …
Lauren Bethke
Slow mow summer
You’ve probably heard of “No Mow May” – a slogan designed to encourage everyone to avoid mowing their lawns until June and letting spring flowers bloom to support pollinators. …
Jon Trappe
Talking lawn care with U of M
People are getting back into our yards and gardens, with pent-up demand following a long winter. University of Minnesota Extension Educator Jon Trappe has tips for yards that accomplish multiple …
A rain barrel collects roof runoff so you can save the rainwater for later use. Reroute downspouts away from pavement and onto grass, a rain barrel or a rain garden. (Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota Extension)
A watershed moment
What is a watershed? What is our local watershed called? Where does it begin and end?  What is the largest watershed in the U.S.? According to board chair of the League of …
Jill Carmody is a senior manager at the Habitat for Humanity’s Minneapolis ReStore. They are both a drop-off site for leftover paint products, and a retailer for the Amazon brand of recycled paint. Carmody said, “PaintCare has made it easy for people to recycle their left-over paint, which is the right thing to do for the environment.”
Recycle your left-over paint with PaintCare
Did you know there’s an option for recycling leftover paint in Minnesota? That’s right, recycling, not just disposing of leftover paint. Since 2014, the non-profit PaintCare has been …
Green goodness: 4 reasons to love homegrown produce
(BPT) - Are you one of the 185 million Americans who garden? If not, it’s time to consider joining the crowd. Gardening can be an incredibly rewarding hobby, especially if you grow your own …
Antoni Porowski's tips for creating a yard-to-table garden
(BPT) - Have you ever grown salsa in your garden? What about potato salad? You can, with spring’s hottest culinary trend called "yard-to-table." It brings farm-to-table home and is about …
Lifestyle news
Going to extremes: How Olympians vying for the gold in Paris contend with climate change
Stacker used NOAA data to track a changing climate's impact on the Summer Olympics, exploring efforts to reduce the Games' carbon footprint and protect athletes.
This state is testing a model to add more civility to politics
Next City reports that Minnesota's Civility Caucus is helping to develop fertile ground for understanding and collaboration across the aisle of the state legislature.
The South was the center of rural population growth last year
The Daily Yonder reports on last year's American rural population growth, with 90% happening in the South.
Redesigned envelope leads to fewer rejected ballots, but new issue arises
Votebeat reports that while fewer mail-in ballots were rejected in Pennsylvania's 2023 primary election due to an envelope redesign, a new glitch has emerged.
5 health benefits of honey you may not know
Elvish Honey uncovered five lesser-known health benefits of honey using various scientific studies, medical journals, and news coverage.