Propagating Woody Plants in the Spring

There are several ways to propagate woody plants using stem cuttings: Herbaceous: Cuttings come from non-woody herbaceous plants; Softwood: Cuttings come from new growth of woody plants just after leafing out in the spring; Semi-hardwood: Cuttings from partially mature wood, usually July to fall; Hardwood: Cuttings taken from dormant (before budding) mature woody stems in late fall winter or early […]

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Holiday DIY! It’s Not Too Late

Holiday 2011…Demand is high for holiday decorations in the home, for host/hostess gifts at holiday parties, for gifts for family and friends, and for fun activities to do with kids. Why buy? Why load up with paper, plastic, and foam stuff from Michael’s?┬áIn Minnesota, the best holiday decorations are made by hand from resources common to the region. Think about […]

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Nontimber Forest Products: Balsam boughs

By Natural Resources Extension educators Julie Miedtke (Itasca County) and David Wilsey (Cloquet – American Indian Programs) Have you heard of nontimber forest products, or NTFPs? Oddly, they are defined by what they are not; meaning, NTFPs are most everything you find in the woods that is not timber. Mostly, the term refers to the many products that enhance and […]

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