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“If you had told me 10 years ago that I would become a chicken lady with a 3,000-square-foot garden, I would have told you [that] you were crazy,” Emily Bretzel says. “When we bought our house, we were simply looking for a beautiful outdoor space.

There was a large storm last summer. Linda Burkard was in her cellar listening to the wind, and heard a tree fall. She was certain that spelled the end of the neighborhood fairy garden. When she went outside to check the damage, the fairy garden was safe.

  1. Walk around: Tour your garden, and picture where everything will go. Be careful not to step on emerging perennials.
  2. Clean: Remove any sticks, leftover leaf litter, dead wood and anything that will not turn green.

A glance outside the window brings an unfortunate realization: it’s raining cats and dogs. Despite the lack of sunshine, constant rain showers result in beautiful blooms come May.

Making the most of local resources has always been a priority for Long Lake. From developing new kinds of produce to supporting local farming, the city makes an effort to embrace its community as a supply system.

Are you ready to spruce up your garden, deck or porch for the spring? For the avid gardener, ferns make a great addition in shady areas where regular annuals won’t grow.