Greengirls Helen Yarmoska, Nicole Hvidsten, Martha Buns, Connie Nelson, Kim Palmer and Mary Jane Smetanka are dishin' the dirt from the back-yard garden and beyond. Whether you're a greenthumb or greenhorn, they're eager to learn from your mishaps, mistakes - and most importantly, your sweet successes - all growing season long.
By now, you had to admit it. Those plants that you thought might come back will not.
You know the ones I'm talking about: The weigela that the voles girdled. The hydrangea that you dumped foot after foot of snow on this winter. The cranesbill you divided in the fall. . . You've been waiting all spring for them to show signs of life, but a leaf here or there isn't going to do it.
It's time to cut your losses, dig them out and replace them. If you don't want to spend a ton of money on replacement plants, come to the Greengirls plant swap this Saturday (6/4). It's a cash-free marketplace where you can strike a deal with other greenthumbs.
You can trade plant divisions from your garden, extra seedings or even gardening books, supplies or tools. Bring what you have and see if you can trade for something you don't have.
We'll be in the small park across from the main Star Tribune building (425 Portland Av. S. in Minneapolis) from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow.
There'll be free parking, door prizes and plenty of gardening who want to kvetch about what a bad winter we had -- and what a great gardening season awaits us.
See you there!
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