Maintaining the Garden

Summer/Fall 2015:
Advice from Connie Ramthun, consultant to LWQIA:
Far south end of garden: get rid of all weeds; in the fall, create three interesting “mini-plots” in the area by raking back chips and sprinkling Black-eyed Susan seeds in the plots. 
If want to put in some Susan plants now will have to keep them watered.

North end: No need to replace the one dead St. John’s Wort.

Add two New Jersey Tea plants.

North Central section: Spiderwort seed is ready now—throw towards river.

Gayfeathers—collect seed when ready and throw toward river.

South Central section:

Showy goldenrod—collect seed when ready and throw toward river.

Mountain mint—let it grow to the river but no further anywhere else.

Prairie phlox—put little fence around area or around individual plants.

Rough blazingstar—collect seeds when ready and throw toward river.


Ask City to treat Japanese knotweed.

Ask City to cut off west facing limb of cottonwood tree.

Prune branches of cottonwood except on riverside of tree.

Label one of each type of planting.

Connie would like to have input on signage wording.

SPRING 2015:  
The garden is in good condition, but volunteers are needed to maintain it.  The following is a maintenance list provided by Connie Ramthun, consultant to LWQIA:

Lakeside West Native Plant Garden—Ramthun  Comments 5.4.15

Garden is basically in good shape.

Watering will not be as crucial this year, but, if the ground is dry, water.

The City will provide barrels of water.

Get rid of everything in the stone breakwater/bank.

General weeding is needed. There is quite a lot of catnip to be removed.

Rake chips back and dig out thistles and then put chips back. Native grasses aren’t up yet. Clumps are brown, but might see some green coming up. Get rid of other grass and weeds in and near the native clumps.

Go along the metal edge to make sure it is keeping grass out and get rid of anything creeping over.

Dig out Kentucky Blue Grass in garden—try to get roots not just tops.

Japanese Knotweed in stones needs to be treated. City will do this.

Cut out Black Locust roots growing in garden and treat with 50% Round Up or with Garlon 4 which might be able to get in small amount at Agriland Coop. Don’t use Tordan because it will migrate to other plants.

Do NOT take out any woody stems unless they have thorns. If they have thorns, they are black locusts. The New Jersey Tea has woody stems—do not destroy because it is alive.

Get rid of grass near the Spider Wort.

Get a couple of packs of Blackeyed Susans and spread in area at south end where they were. Animals ate stalks so they didn’t reseed. When you sprinkle the Black Eyed Susan over the ground, make sure the chips are raked away so it hits bare ground.  Lightly rake the seed and then firm it with your feet. Animals also ate Butterfly Weed. (Will check on replacement.) In the fall, throw some Columbine seeds on the stone shoreline/bank.

SUMMER 2014:
Marian University students learn about the native plants and also help with weeding. Professor John Morris and FdL County Invasive Species Coordinator Patrick Miller provide instruction.

Marian University students at the garden

A groundhog is finding the garden and also the area near the garden very inviting! Below are some of its holes:



In late July, Master Gardener Dolores Braun got rid of weeds as well as offered advice on maintaining the garden.

Larry Kent sets up a larger live trap for the woodchuck that has been dining in the garden. Most of the time the woodchuck just eats parts of plants. 

                     There aren't many flowers yet, but soon there will be more blossoms.

Garden-Late July

Garden 8.8.14

8.6.14. Audrey Titel and Dolores Braun, both Master Gardeners, worked at the garden.

Two Master Gardeners 8.6.14


 Karin Whealon, Sally Boatman, and Connie Jordan, members of the FdL Sailing Club, helped at the Garden on 8.11.14

Garden Sailing Club

8.20.14 Caron Daugherty and Lisa Ferguson, faculty members at Moraine Park Technical College, helped with weeding. After that, they joined other faculty members and helped cut Japanese Knotweed in the Park not far from the Garden. LWQIA and Patrick Miller, FdL County Invasive Species Coordinator, set up the event with the FdL Volunteer Center.

Garden MPTC 8.20.14

8.24.14 The photos show plants in the garden.  Some are thriving, but some photos show that the same type of plant in the same area is not thriving. 

Garden Plants 8.24.14

Garden and River 8.31.14

Lakeside West Garden 9.22.14