don’t forget the lilacs!

Lilac shrubs and trees. Sound a bit old fashioned? There are good reasons lilacs have been the go to choice for great landscape plants for so long.

Lilacs deliver with loads of luscious blossoms every spring and early summer. Lilacs are tough and versatile, able to deliver great performance decade after decade from International Falls all the way to the mid-continent states

Sun loving lilacs can prosper in difficult alkaline soils often found in southern Minnesota as well as mild and moderately acidic soils, and require properly drained locations. Avoid planting lilacs in wet spots.

The common lilac family is best known and produces 6 to 14 foot tall dense multi-stem large shrubs that are great for framing a portion of the landscape, or for privacy and windbreaks. Excellent varieties are Common Purple or White Lilac, Albert Holden, Charles Joly and Sensation.

Dwarf lilacs that typically grow to heights of 4 to 8 feet have gained in popularity since their smaller size makes them a good choice for modest sized properties. Some of my favorite are Dwarf Korean Lilac, Bloomerang Purple Lilac, Scent and Sensablity Lilac and the Miss Kim Lilac. The dwarf lilacs will do well in full sun to half sun areas, and just like their common lilac cousins, do require properly drained soils.

Dwarf lilacs are also useful as small trees, and the whole family of Japanese Lilac Trees can be a great choice where you want a small to medium sized flowering tree of 15-25 feet in height.

Are you old fashioned enough o give lilacs a try? If so, you will be rewarded with lovely blossoms and excellent hardiness.

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Project Overview: Edina Home Remodel

Northfield Construction Company - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 11:19am
We recently completed a gorgeous residential remodel in Edina, Minnesota. We structurally changed the vaulted ceiling to a barrel vault. This changed lead to structural modifications in the roof, trusses, walls, and an added footing in the basement. It also created a beautiful gable roof looking out the kitchen windows with a faux beam on....
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Frost preparations!


The weather just continues to keep us guessing. If you have any tender plants – such as hanging baskets, warm season annuals planted in the ground, or baskets or other containers outside – you should bring them into the garage or be prepared to cover them. The forecast shows light frost for southern Minnesota.

I brought all of my containers in except for two that I can’t move. I will cover these with a sheet late afternoon. Cool season vegetables like brocolli and cabbage can typically handle a light frost – but if you’re covering things up – why chance it.


The is the advisory found on WCCO Weather .. Frost Advisory from MON 1:00 AM CDT until MON 8:00 AM CDT…FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 8 AM CDT MONDAY… * TEMPERATURE…Low to mid 30s. * IMPACTS…Sensitive vegetation may be damaged if left unprotected. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.

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Flowering crabapple trees

Prairiefire Flowering Crab – Photo courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Flowering trees are everywhere right now. The flowers of the crabapple trees start appearing in April and May. The colors range from white, light pink, medium pink and deep pink that it appears to be almost red. The blossoms can last a couple of weeks, depending on the variety of tree and the weather conditions. Most crabapples available now on the retail market are ones with persistant fruit which means that the fruit will hang on into the winter. The colorful fruit can add winter interest to your landscape and the birds can feast through the fall and winter.

You can find flowering crabapple trees in many sizes. There are dwarf varieties such as Firebird and Tina that will reach a mature height of 8′-10′, medium heights of 12′-15′ and some larger trees that will max out at about 22′-25′. The flowering crabapple makes a great choice for planting under power lines. A few varieties such as Louisa and Candymint are weeping varieties. What a great way to add a different twist to your landscape! The Prairiefire and Royal Raindrops Flowering Crabapple have a reddish cast to their leaves which also adds another element of interest.

Sugar Tyme Flowering Crab

Like most trees, crabapples should be pruned in the early years. You should check the disease resistance for the variety that you select. Check out the many varieties that we carry on our plant page.

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Investments and Fundraising Update

Just Food Co-op - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 5:31pm

After negotiating with our very accommodating landlord, we are happy to announce that Just Food has signed a 15 year lease to stay in this location! Owner surveys told us loud and clear that you want us to stay in this location, and we could not agree more. We love our home on Water Street. The new lease secures this space for 15 years and also provides us with an additional two 5 year options. Just Food will remain at 516 Water Street for, at least, the next 15 years!

If we are staying in this space, we need to ensure it is working for us and not against us. Currently, the store is not set up efficiently, it is too small to support our current sales, and we run the risk of no longer being able to meet the needs of our Owners. We MUSTdo this expansion and for us to take on this project, we MUSThave investment from our owners.

Many of you have asked for an update on fundraisingefforts. We have a goal to raise $1.5 million in C-Shares or contributions for the project, added to a $1 million loan for a total project cost of $2.5 million. To proceed with the start of the project, we need to have secured a MINIMUMof $1 million in Owner investments and I am pleased to let you know that we are halfway to that first mini-goal! However, what’s the old saying…halfway only counts in horseshoes?! Right now, we have approximately $500,000 from our owners. This is amazing, and for those of you who have already invested, please know how appreciative we are – Thank you! For those of you who have not invested – nowis the time.

Our architect has drawn up the plans, the contractors and subs have been chosen, the equipment has been selected. We cannot knock down any walls, or begin any improvements, or order any equipment until our fundraising is complete. We are on hold until we can raise the remainder of the funds. Work could begin tomorrow, if we had your investment.

Our staff work hard every day to accommodate the hardships that the current set up provides. We unload frozen pallets in the hallway because they do not fit through the door to the freezer. We schedule time in the cooler because we cannot fit all the departments in the cooler at once. Our deli staff make soup for you in a stock pot on the stove (just like I do at home) instead of in a soup kettle. Staff do not have a break room to relax in and eat their meals. Our equipment is decades past its life expectancy, and regularly fails, costing us time, money and lost sales. We have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairing broken equipment over the past 3 years – over $325,000repairing failing and past its prime equipment. That is money straight from the bottom line – money that could have been patronage refunds or better yet, could have been saved to use on this expansion. Just Food Co-op does not just wantthis expansion. Just Food Co-op needsthis expansion to survive.

Please, if you have not invested, take this as your invitationto get an investment packet from any staff member at the front end. Call or email me and let’s set up a meeting to discuss any questions you might have. Want a tour of the store so you can see the conditions yourself? Lori or I would be happy to show you around.Help us help you– what do you need to know to get invested?

Your Co-op needs you.Please answer our call with an investment so that we can move forward with a safe, fun, inviting, efficient store layout that meets your needs. The staff is ready, are you?

In Cooperation,

Sherri Meyers
General Manager

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Annuals & Vegetables

Gerbera Daisies

We are fully stockd with annuals and vegetables! According to the meteorologists – the danger of frost should be behind us. Soil temperatures are a bit cold yet – but should start to warm quickly now with the 70’s in the forecast for next week. Whether you are planting in garden beds or in planters – you will find what you need. Don’t have a container? We have a nice supply of pottery to fit your needs and potting soil and fertilizer.

Annuals including the cool season flowers such as – Snapdragons, Johnny Jump Ups, Pansies, Alyssum and more are here. We have all of the warm season annuals as well – Geraniums, Impatiens, Petunias, Stock, Begonias, Zinnias, the vines and ferns for planters and the lists go on. We have over 200 varieties of annuals ready for your baskets or ground cover plantings.

Cool season veggies

Vegetables…. Cool season veggies, many varieties of herbs, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and more are waiting just for you! We carry the Cowsmo organic cow manure to amend your gardens with.

Hanging Basket

We have hanging baskets for Mother’s Day. Full sun baskets – or shade baskets, single flower baskets or baskets full of different flowers. We just got in some way cool “cone” baskets. Make sure to pick up some Osmocote – sprinkle some in on your baskets – to help keep them looking great all summer.

We will be here for the Mother’s Day weekend – Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday 8 am to 5 pm and on Mother’s Day Sunday – 10 am to 4 pm. The weather looks wonderful.

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Ask the Contractor: Creating a Long Term Plan for Home Improvements

Northfield Construction Company - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 3:00am
Do you have a list of home improvement projects? What is your plan for tackling those? You should create a list of projects with rough budgets on each of them. This will allow you to prioritize which projects to tackled first based on your priorities and your budget. Start your long term plan for home....
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