Spring has officially arrived - at least according to the calendar - and there are numerous ways to make your garden thrive in our constantly shifting climate.

Planting things that are native to Minnesota is a good bet - they're easier to grow, require less care and have fewer problems with pests and diseases.

Make sure that you use the correct amounts of pesticides or fertilizer. Too much is unhealthy for plants and the environment. Consider natural fertilizers, which release nutrients slowly and strengthen poor soil.

Finally, ditch your lawn mower bagger and grasscycle. Leaving the clippings on your lawn is good for the grass and eliminates having to haul around bags of grass clippings.