June Newsletter Tips & Tricks 2016

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Gardening Tip: Continue deadheading plants to prolong bloom, prevent unwanted seedlings, and improve the overall appearance.

PInch back perennials to control height or delay bloom. By pinching back or cutting an outer ring of the stems or on scattered plants, they will be shorter and bloom later. This will act as a living support for the rest of the plant and extend the bloom period. 

Cut back unsightly foliage on Brearded Iris and Perennial Geraniums after bloom.

Consider removing the flowers of Lamb's Ear as soon as they form. This encourages better foliage while removing the flowers that lead to open, less attractive growth.

GREAT Thoughts: Hearing, "slow down" may not make sense in today's fast-paced, build-it-now corporate environment. But to truly develop a great business, you and your team need to "slow down to speed up." This is a concept I have preached for years; to my teams and to my clients. Take the time to streamline and enhance your systems, eliminate mistakes, and develop your team members. The time you invest in the front end, will pay off in the back end. This week, schedule Think Tank meetings with your core leaders to identify areas for improvement, then put together your 90 Day Flight Plan to elevate to your new Flight Levels. Click the link below for info. 

Erick Therwanger, Think GREAT

Peony: Peonies only bloom for a few weeks, but we would not grow a northern garden without them. Why? First, their variety. Peonies come in three basic types -- the herbaceous peonies, which die back each year; the tree peonies, which grow on tree-like trunks; and intersectional peonies, which are a combination of the two. Intersectional peonies will dieback in the fall, but their leaves and blooms are similar to the tree peony types.

All peonies develop the buds for next year's bloom the previous fall. This happens underground with herbaceous and intersectional peonies.

In addition to their different types, peonies come in a range of colors from deep reds to white, and different flower types from sweet single peonies to the big puffballs, which are called "bomb doubles."

Peonies need full sun, regular fertilizer or compost applications and well-drained soil. They may have problems with ants or fungal diseases, but most peonies will remain healthy and flower heavily for decades. The peony you plant next spring will almost certainly outlive you.

One last reason we think peonies are a great plant for northern gardens is their history in Minnesota. Not many people realize this, but in the 1920s, Faribault was "The Peony Capital of the World. Fields surrounding the city were filled with peonies grown for the Brand Peony Farms, which introduced dozens of hardy peonies for Minnesota gardeners. Minnesota is still home to several well-known peony breeders.

Start harvesting the flowers and greens from your own garden now. You can utilize so many things from your garden, try to use different items and experiment.

Remember to harvest them in the early morning and immediately place in water.

If you have many flowers and greens with short stems, use them in a glass cube vase. With the wide mouth, it can be difficult to arrange your flowers. Create a grid on the top of the vase w/clear tape. This will keep you flowers in place and make it much easier to create a neat modern look! 

Or use a collection of small vases to create a popular look with single stems in each, and mix it up! Have fun! 

Packed to go recipes. Be prepared for the week is the key element for healthy success. Schedule in a couple of hours each week, get it in your calendar and make it non-negotiable. It's a must do activity. Make several salads-in-a-jar and grab them for your lunch each day. Make healthy trail mix with coconut, raw nuts and seeds and stash it in your purse, car, in the office and always have a healthy option available for yourself. Don't let excuses stand in your way of staying the course toward your healthy goals. Make it happen. People who fail to plan, plan to fail. Click the link for two simple yet nutritious recipes.

Beth Schupanitz, Inspiring Health