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Get the dirt at the H&G Show

Posted by: Kim Palmer Updated: February 28, 2013 - 10:17 AM

 

Consider me inspired. I spent some time yesterday wandering the Home & Garden Show, always a fertile place for ideas on the home front. I had spring fever, so I lingered in the display gardens, where this year's theme is classic TV shows.

 

A garden inspired by "I Dream of Jeannie"? Yep. And "Miami Vice" and "Gilligan's Island." The nine TV-inspired gardens are a blast to stroll through. Don't miss 'em!

But even if you're not planning something that elaborate for your own landscape this year, you'll still find plenty of ideas and resources for beautifying your home, both inside and out. 

Greengirls, the Star Tribune's garden bloggers, will be at the show to dish the dirt.

Want to be in the know on what's new? Tonight at 6 p.m., you can learn about the hottest garden trends, from edible landscapes to the latest water features, presented by Greengirls Connie Nelson, Mary Jane Smetanka and Helen Yarmoska -- on the Lifestyle Stage.

Stick around after the presentation for free seed packets and gardening calendars, which will be handed out between 7 and 8 p.m. in the garden area.

If you can't make the show tonight, the Greengirls also will be making the show this weekend, handing out free sees and gardening calendars, and answering your toughest garden questions. On Friday, March 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m., the Greengirl of the day will be Helen Yarmoska. And on Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m.-noon, it's Martha Buns.

Come say "Hi," pick up your free seeds, and check out a garden fit for a genie -- or a  shipwrecked castaway.

 

Looking for rain barrels or compost bins?

Posted by: Updated: March 25, 2010 - 11:35 AM

Left, the Earth Machine compost bin. Rain barrel, right. Photos: courtesy RAM

 

 Ah, Spring. I'm so glad to see you.

Now that I can see my grass, I'm thinking of the outdoor projects I need to tackle. One of them is installing my rain barrel I bought last year. I never got around to hooking it up.

The Recycling Association of Minnesota is again offering rain barrels (two design, both $65) and a new design of a compost bin (for $55.)

Rebates are offered to residents living in certain areas of the metro. Go here to see if you're eligible for the rebate.

 You can order online and pickup will be at different locations. Once you order, you must pick up from that location, accoring to Ellen Telander, RAM director. You can place your order here and view locations.

If you're one of those folks who like to build their own rain barrel, I found this how-to video from Lowe's on YouTube.

      

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