Mosquito-Repelling Plants

May 20th, 2019|The Bauer's Blog|

Warm summer nights on the patio are loads of fun, but nobody likes waking up the next morning to itchy mosquito bites all over. Fortunately, as gardeners, we have the skills needed to find natural solutions to these irritating pests. Rather than using chemicals, we can grow plants that naturally and safely repel mosquitoes. [...]


May 13th, 2019|The Bauer's Blog|

Mulching is one of those amazing gardening techniques that requires a little bit of effort at first, but ends up saving you a ton of time and energy down the road. If you’re unfamiliar with mulching, it’s basically the application of a thick layer of loose material over a garden bed to cover bare [...]


May 7th, 2019|The Bauer's Blog|

Mint is by far one of our favorite summer herbs to grow in the garden, but did you know it’s actually a perennial? That’s right, this fragrant and delicious plant is incredibly hardy and will sprout back up year after year, for endless summers full of exotic dishes, mojitos & mint juleps, salads, and [...]


April 30th, 2019|The Bauer's Blog|

Most people are familiar with the concepts behind composting. Not only does it allow us to produce less landfill waste, but it’s also a way to use our organic household scraps to enrich our garden soil. Despite the benefits, many folks are hesitant to start composting. Generally, it’s due to a concern that our [...]

How to Plant & Prune Clematis

April 23rd, 2019|The Bauer's Blog|

Trailing vines create such a beautiful effect in our gardens. Depending on how we set them up, they can create a lush backdrop against a fence or draw the eye upward with their draping effect. One of our favorite plants for creating beautiful vine features is the clematis vine, a gorgeous perennial and expert climber. [...]

How to Plant Potatoes

April 16th, 2019|The Bauer's Blog|

Can you even call yourself a Midwesterner without a healthy love of potatoes? Whether covered in butter and cheese, made into french fries, or simply boiled with salt, these tubers are one of the most beloved vegetables on any household dinner table. However, before a potato can become the foundation of our favorite hearty recipe, [...]

Dormant Oil Spray

April 8th, 2019|The Bauer's Blog|

With spring well on its way, our favorite fruit trees will soon be in full bloom, and before we know it, they’ll be loaded with deliciously sweet treats! Unfortunately, we’re not the only ones who like to enjoy the fruits of our tree’s labor. Many overwintering pests like to hide out in our trees all [...]

Winter Burn in Evergreens

April 2nd, 2019|The Bauer's Blog|

It’s no secret that Minnesota is prone to harsh winter temperatures, especially this past winter. As much of a relief as it is when the snow begins to melt, many of us may notice our evergreens and arborvitae have some rusty areas that appear dead. This is called “winter burn”, or “winter kill”, and it [...]

Air-Cleaning Plants

March 19th, 2019|The Bauer's Blog|

According to a new study by the University of Colorado researchers, indoor air quality can get just as bad as the air in highly polluted cities. Between cleaning, cooking, and other household activities, toxic elements can get released into the air. Not to mention how indoor mold can develop and release airborne spores. Scary right? [...]

Seeding Calendar for Minnesota

March 5th, 2019|The Bauer's Blog|

Who doesn’t love watching seeds germinate and their tender shoots poking through the soil? We are sure you like it as much as we do. But as much as we get excited to see little sprouts of plants-to-be, when it comes to gardening, timing is everything. And in Minnesota with our unpredictable weather, it becomes [...]