Monthly Archives: November 2021

How many Minnesota plants and animals can survive in small pockets of old growth forests?

Minnesota’s great lime and sugar maple forests have been cut into smaller and smaller pockets over the past 150 years. The “Big Woods” that once ruled the state are long gone, divided into hundreds of parks and reserves. There are still vestiges of the old forest that have never been mined, or at least have […]

family life | Master Gardener: Plants and Animals Prepare for Winter |

The growing season is drawing to a close and winter is upon us. Nature prepares for winter when the days get shorter and the temperatures cooler. The metabolism of woody trees and shrubs slows down. Water absorption (necessary for photosynthesis) will not be possible when the ground freezes. The leaves of deciduous plants fall off […]