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Black thumb gardeners can get texts on when to water, feed, prune etc.

In Sunday's article about Bailey's Nurseries in Newport, Minn., several innovations were mentioned that have kept Bailey's on the cutting edge for 112 years.

Here's one more way they've gone out of their way to stay relevant to today's busy, low maintenance gardeners: texts to remind you about watering, pruning, fertilizing and winterizing. 

No, texts aren't sent every time the time Bailey's Endless Summer hydrangea or Easy Elegance roses should be watered. But they will text general watering tips. 

To sign up, text 730-95 with one or more of the following:

Text ENDLESS SUMMER for Endless Summer hydrangea tips in English.

Text VERANO for Endless Summer tips in Spanish.

Text EASY ELEGANCE for Easy Elegance rose tips in English

Bailey's also introduced "Let's Ask Amy" for its First Editions collections of 125 shrubs, trees, and roses.Submit questions for Amy to answer on Instagram or Facebook with #Letsaskamy or though an online form at Firsteditionplants. Amy will replay directly to users' questions. 

A.C.E.S. flight simulation flies its last mission at MOA on Saturday

A.C.E.S., the flight simulation store on the third floor of Mall of America, is touching down for the last time Saturday, May 13. While not one of the mall's original tenants, ACES has been at the mall for nearly 13 years and in St. Louis Park for eight years before that. . 

When Smaaash opened late last year, ACES owner Mike Pohl saw it as a popular attraction that would bring more business to the third floor. That apparently didn't happen as the high tech go carts and virtual rlaity games may have been too much of a distraction. 

Pohl had WWII plane simulations as well as a Boeing 737 and a helicopter. 

He will now focus on the Johnson Aerospace & Engineering

High School in St. Paul. which Pohl has been a part of since 2013. "Our business has been through four life cycles before and we've always re-invented ourselves," he said. "This time we're shifting from entertainment to education. We just landed a big deal for a flight-sim lab in a Chicago school."